CMT honored all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show, Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.
Underwood ended the show with a medley of iconic songs from Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man” to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” supported by two all-female groups Runaway June and Maddie and Tae.
In her acceptance speech, Underwood told the women gathered in the room that they were the backbone of the industry. She said, “You are not here because you are women. You are here because you are dang good.”