Carrie Underwood pays tribute to Dolly Parton and other country queens in performance at ACM Awards


Carrie Underwood has become one of the biggest names in country music, since winning season four of American Idol in 2005.

And the seven-time Grammy winner has frequently shown her appreciation for the women who came before her.

She paid tribute to Dolly Parton, Patson Cline and other queens of country Wednesday, as she performed a medley of hits at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards.

Queens of country: Carrie Underwood paid tribute to Dolly Parton, Patson Cline and other queens of country Wednesday, as she performed a medley of hits at the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards

The 37-year-old dazzled in a red floral gown, as she marked the 95th anniversary of the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where she took the stage.

She prefaced the song, speaking to the empty audience: ‘Patsy and Loretta, Martina and Barbara, Reba and Dolly. These strong voices mean so much to me and to all the other female artists who stand on their shoulders.

‘They are some of my heroes, and I am so honored to stand alongside them as a fellow member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s my pleasure to pay tribute to these legendary ladies as we celebrate the Opry’s 95th anniversary.’

Carrie launched into Cline’s Crazy, before transitioning into Loretta Lynn’s You Ain’t Woman Enough, Barbara Mandrell’s I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool and Why’d You Come in Here by Parton.

Lady in red: The 37-year-old dazzled in a red floral gown, as she marked the 95th anniversary of the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where she took the stage

Lady in red: The 37-year-old dazzled in a red floral gown, as she marked the 95th anniversary of the historic Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, where she took the stage

Name dropping: She prefaced the song, speaking to the empty audience: 'Patsy and Loretta, Martina and Barbara, Reba and Dolly'

Strong voices: 'These strong voices mean so much to me and to all the other female artists who stand on their shoulders'

Strong voices: She prefaced the song, speaking to the empty audience: ‘Patsy and Loretta, Martina and Barbara, Reba and Dolly. These strong voices mean so much to me and to all the other female artists who stand on their shoulders’

She also squeezed Reba McEntire’s The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia and Martina McBride’s A Broken Wing into the medley.

The Cowboy Casanova artist made her predecessors proud when she beat out male nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Luke Combs for Entertainer of the Year.

She tied with Thomas Rhett for the honor, which was a first for the prestigious award show’s 55-year history.

Carrie and her fellow nominees previously opened the awards show with a medley of their own songs, as she performed Before He Cheats.

She put on a stunning display in a sparkling gold mini dress with billowy sleeves, as she sang into a matching gold microphone. 

Winner winner: The Cowboy Casanova artist made her predecessors proud when she beat out male nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Luke Combs for Entertainer of the Year, tying with Thomas Rhett for the honor

Winner winner: The Cowboy Casanova artist made her predecessors proud when she beat out male nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church and Luke Combs for Entertainer of the Year, tying with Thomas Rhett for the honor

Oldie but goodie: Carrie and her fellow nominees previously opened the awards show with a medley of their own songs, as she performed Before He Cheats

Oldie but goodie: Carrie and her fellow nominees previously opened the awards show with a medley of their own songs, as she performed Before He Cheats

Stay gold: She put on a stunning display in a sparkling gold mini dress with billowy sleeves, as she sang into a matching gold microphone

Stay gold: She put on a stunning display in a sparkling gold mini dress with billowy sleeves, as she sang into a matching gold microphone

The Last Name artist was also nominated for Female Artist of the Year, which was ultimately awarded to Maren Morris.   

Carrie took to Instagram before the show, as she put rollers in her hair, while getting ready in some leopard-print leggings from her line CALIA by Carrie, writing: ‘Getting ready for tonight! Let’s do this, @ACMawards!’ 

After a five month delay, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s show was moved from Las Vegas to Nashville for the first time, with no live audience.

Performers like Carrie hit the stage at three iconic locations for country music, including Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Cafe. 

Brand loyalty: Carrie took to Instagram before the show, as she put rollers in her hair, while getting ready in some leopard-print leggings from her line CALIA by Carrie

Brand loyalty: Carrie took to Instagram before the show, as she put rollers in her hair, while getting ready in some leopard-print leggings from her line CALIA by Carrie

2020 ACM Awards Winners

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Luke Combs

Thomas Rhett – TIE – WINNER

Carrie Underwood – TIE – WINNER

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

Golden girl: Carrie Underwood took the top honor along with Thomas Rhett in a historic tie for Entertainer of the Year

 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris – WINNER

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

Wow factor: Maren Morris earned Female Artist of the Year

 

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Dierks Bentley

Luke Combs – WINNER

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

 

DUO OF THE YEAR

Brooks & Dunn

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay – WINNER

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

 

GROUP OF THE YEAR

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Midland

Old Dominion – WINNER

The Highwomen

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

Squad goals: Old Dominion were a big winner as they earned Group of the Year

 

NEW FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Ingrid Andress

Gabby Barrett

Lindsay Ell

Caylee Hammack

Tenille Townes – WINNER

 

NEW MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Jordan Davis

Russell Dickerson

Riley Green – WINNER

Cody Johnson

Morgan Wallen 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Center Point Road – Thomas Rhett

GIRL – Maren Morris

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs – WINNER

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

Double fisting: Luke Combs won Album Of The Year and Male Artist of the Year

 

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton – WINNER

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

“Rumor” – Lee Brice

“What If I Never Get Over You” – Lady Antebellum

 

SONG OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” – Ashley McBryde

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion – WINNER

“Some of It” – Eric Church

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“God’s Country” – Blake Shelton

“One Man Band” – Old Dominion

“Remember You Young” – Thomas Rhett – WINNER

“Sugar Coat” – Little Big Town

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

Sweet: Thomas Rhett not only took home Entertainer of the Year but also earned Video of the Year

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Ashley Gorley

Michael Hardy

Hillary Lindsey – WINNER

Shane McAnally

Josh Osborne

 

MUSIC EVENT OF THE YEAR

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber

“Dive Bar” – Garth Brooks feat. Blake Shelton

“Fooled Around and Fell in Love” – Miranda Lambert feat. Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack & Elle King – WINNER

“Old Town Road” – Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus

“What Happens in a Small Town” – Brantley Gilbert feat. Lindsay Ell

 

 

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