Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Ricky Skaggs Formally Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks Inducts Skaggs into Historic Institution at Medallion Ceremony Held at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum  in Nashville

Photo caption: Ricky Skaggs exclaims over his likeness depicted on his newly unveiled 
Country Music Hall of Fame bronze plaque  
Photo credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame

Nashville, Tenn. (October 22, 2018) — Monday night in Nashville, Tennessee, music legend Ricky Skaggs officially became one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the official Medallion Ceremony held in the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's CMA Theatre, Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks, through tear-filled eyes, formally inducted his musical mentor into the historic institution.

"It's kinda hard to believe that this day has really come," says Skaggs. "To hear someone say, 'The newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame' are some of the greatest words you could ever hear this side of Heaven! I'm so grateful to be inducted into this revered Hall among these highly honored and most beloved people. It's beyond humbling."

Several took the stage to honor Skaggs following his induction. Brooks with Larry Cordle and Sierra Hull saluted Skaggs with "Highway 40 Blues," Dierks Bentley crooned through "You've Got a Lover" and Chris Stapleton brought his distinct vocals, wailing through "The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn."

As part of the Class of 2018, Skaggs was inducted into the "Modern Era Artist" category, along with the late Dottie West in the "Veterans Era Artist" category and the late Johnny Gimble in the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" category.

"Many of the fathers and mothers that are in this Hall literally built country music from the ground up," Skaggs adds. "They were 'Working on a Building,' and they built well. Their incredible talent, hard work, and love for this wonderful music has laid a deep and solid foundation that generations will stand on. I'm so thankful for their tremendous contributions. People like me could have never become a member without their sacrifice. They showed us the way, they made the music, and we followed the sound!"

One of the most moving moments of the night was an unprecedented act. After being presented with his medallion, Skaggs was asked to take off his medallion as not to scratch the instrument he was about to be asked to play. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum then offered Skaggs the honor of playing the instrument of his hero, Bill Monroe. This famed Gibson F-5 mandolin, which rests behind glass in the museum, was played by Skaggs when he was just 6 years old in the presence of Monroe himself. With great care, a visibly moved Skaggs took the instrument from one of the museum's curators and lead the audience in the traditional singing of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken." With help from Brooks and the Medallion All-Star Band, Skaggs gave a rousing, emotional performance to conclude this historic and momentous ceremony.

The CMA (Country Music Association) created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format; country music's highest honor.

Produced by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the annual Medallion Ceremony honors the inductees by highlighting their life stories, important turning points, and the breakthrough artistic achievements that elevated their careers. The inductees are celebrated with speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies, created by the museum staff using old and often rare recorded performances, past televised interviews and historic photos culled from materials collected, stored and digitized in the museum’s Frist Library and Archives. The ceremony conveys the unique talents, personalities and backgrounds of each Hall of Fame inductee and highlights why each one deserves this prestigious honor.

About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, "Kentucky Traveler." The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed "Cooder-White-Skaggs" tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, "Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder." Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.

For more information, visit rickyskaggs.com.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Shawney - Tin Roof House (Single Review)

Shawney - Tin Roof House (Single)

Release Date: 6 Aug. 2018
Label: Shawney/ MC1 Nashville (Music City 1)
Total Length: 3:20
Genres: Country

In August American singer-songwriter SHAWNEY (Shawney Damisch) made her debut on the country scene when her single Tin Roof House was sent to country radio. Currently in Nashville her hopes and vision are to encourage and inspire people to just be their own person whilst being accepting of others. As an adopted child she resided in the small town of Marengo, Illinois growing up on a hay and cattle farm. This lifestyle helped nurture a love and passion for country music.

With its delicate acoustic chords, faint piano, and whining steel along with Shawney’s velvet smooth comforting vocal you are drawn in from the get-go.  
This personal song wrestles with the emotions of an artist moving to Nashville, that feeling of loneliness whist trying to find an identity. She closes her eyes and recalls those childhood memories treasuring simple times. This insightful number is uplifting with a positive message of finding strength to pursue a dream.

Traffic lights and city streets
Trying to make it here on my own
Searching for my song
Fallen stars and broken dreams
Are teaching me I need to be myself
And to be strong

In the chorus there are some soaring lines and she raises said tin roof with ease! The song is deliciously melodic with nice textured radio-friendly production that captures the soulful heartfelt emotion. She is in the process of song-writing in Music City with the promise of an EP in 2019. Based of this winning vocal performance I’m excited to hear more because this is one of the best songs I’ve heard in 2018 and is exactly the type of music I love to seek out.

Adrian Clark

”Just starting out,  a fine talent, it’s a beautiful singer-songwriter track with some country in there, very pleasant song, making her debut” - Marie Crichton Country Show BBC Radio Shropshire BBC Playlist

Shawney in her own words about the song:

Tin Roof House was written by myself (Shawney Damisch), and my good friend and mentor Richard Mitchell. We have been writing together for almost a year now but wrote Tin Roof House about 6 months ago. When we sat down to write one day, I had expressed how I missed home and just started rambling on about my childhood. 

Through conversation about talking about the things I missed the most about home, we realized we had a concept to start writing on. Richard was blow away by my story, my childhood, and my unique family.

Shawney - Tin Roof House Official Video Published on Aug 6, 2018. Videographer: Joel Williams | Make-up artist: Friday James

Shawney in her own words about the video
When it came time to shoot the video for Tin Roof House, it was so important to me that the video captured he uniqueness of my family. My dad was a farmer, an engineer, and a preacher. 
My mom was the superintendent of schools, and also helped on the farm, and of course took care of the kids which in itself is incredible, because there were 7 of us. 

Three of us kids were adopted (my brother, sister, and myself were abandoned in the streets of Chicago due to gang violence and the death of our biological mother), and 4 of them were their biological children. 

This is why there is diversity in the children playing outside in the video and the scenes where the family is gathered around the "dinner table". The moments I am "remembering" in the video, are some of my best memories. Climbing trees with my brothers, running around outside, eating dinner together as a family, and gathering together as a family while my dad taught us about right and wrong.

The beautiful video was shown on the Ladies of Country  shown on Europe’s only current 24/7 Country Music Channel  Keep It Country TV (Sky 376, Freesat 516, Freeview 87) a weekly hour programme spotlighting female country music artists. 

Behind The Scenes

Moving onto the production of the video, Nate Cornell was the producer for Tin Roof House. He built all the tracks in the studio, and we actually didn't have any studio musicians involved on this project. He is so incredibly talented at what he does, and he was able to create each instrument on his computer without actually using any instruments! 

Listen back to an Country Belles Radio show Interview with Shawney. It was first broadcast live on Belter Radio (Sat Sept 29). Pick up from 1 hour 13

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Kendall Beard is ready to roll with new album HERE COMES TROUBLE, out OCT. 19


Rising Austin Singer-Songwriter Walks on the Wild Side
with Sizzling Fusion of Country, Pop and Rock
American Idol Season 8 semi-finalist in 2009

Rising country artist Kendall Beard is capturing country’s heart with her modern twist on the traditional genre

AUSTIN, Texas —
Kendall Beard is set to generate heat of her own among country, rock and pop fans with her new album, HERE COMES TROUBLE, and its lead-off single, “Rock This City.” The album dropped Oct. 19, 2018, on VMG/Broken Angel Records; the single impacted Texas radio, and she taped some fiery live-performance footage for a video. 

On October 8, Roughstock were excited to share a world premier of the Rock This City video for the talented singer/songwriter from Texas!

Beard wrote most of these tracks herself, except for four co-written with producer AJ Vallejo, who also performs with her in the Texas roots-rock band Love & Chaos. But this album carries her perspective; like the country ladies she loves — Loretta, Dolly, Shania, Miranda — it exudes girl power. But also like those women, Beard is not afraid to show her vulnerabilities, or express her needs and desires, in songs that venture well beyond the boundaries of traditional country. 

“It’s about breaking free in the moment and coloring outside of the lines, going against the grain,” Beard explains. “I wanted to put something out that was a bit edgy; something that would stir up some talk.” 

Release Date: October 19, 2018
Label: Vmg / Broken Angel

Total Length: 47:20

Genres: Country

13 Tracks/ Time: 47:20

One blast of the catchy “Rock This City” should definitely start some chatter. But she’s got a full arsenal on this album; the season eight “American Idol” semi-finalist unleashes her powerful vocals on 13 dynamic tracks, from the melodic country-pop of “Johnny & June” (in which she envisions a love as legendary as theirs) and “Ready to Roll” (“I’m ready to rock/If you’re ready to roll!”) to the upbeat title tune and softer ballads such as “Run While You Can.” But as wild and free as she gets — especially onstage, where her blonde hair flies as she rocks out — this mama reminds us what’s important with the final track, “Both Feet on the Ground (Max’s Song),” written for her young son. 

That strong stance makes for music that’s a breath of fresh air. Title track “Here Comes Trouble” with vibrant violin, toe-tapping bass, a catchy melody, sleek harmonies, and catchy guitar riffs, the song checks all the boxes for a hit country tune. It draws you in musically, and the unapologetic lyrics and confident vocals keep you there.

“‘Here Comes Trouble’ is one of my favorite songs on the album,” Beard says. “It’s about that feeling of needing to let loose, break some rules, and get into some trouble. I think we’re are all aware of the feeling you get when you are stuck deep in the daily grind. This is about that moment of making the decision to break out, go out on the town, and indulge in some vices. It’s also setting the stage for the introduction of the album, which is why I put it first on the album. It’s almost a message to everyone of what the album is about.”
Cowboy’s & Indians (The premier music magazine of the west) had an exclusive first listen.

The singer-songwriter referenced one of country music's greatest love stories in a new song she premiered exclusively with The Boot. A lighthearted pop-country love song, "Johnny and June," Beard told The Boot, is "a love song about young love that is so strong that it will beat the test of time and be a love for the legends."

On this outing, the follow-up to her well-received debut, All Around Girl, Beard is joined by guests including fiddler Haydn Vitera (Asleep at the Wheel, Los Lonely Boys) and pedal steel player Dan Johnson (Hank Williams III), along with Vallejo members Aric Garcia on percussion, Bruce Castleberry on harmonica and AJ on guitars and other instruments. 

Kendall got down to the nitty gritty about her new album, meaning behind the songs, and the challenges she has faced, on a Johnny Goudie podcast "How did I Get Here". She returned to the show with producer/creative partner, AJ Vallejo.
Note: Beware of language Listen back from 25 mins: Episode 741: Kendall Beard Returns w/ AJ Vallejo / DAYEATER Drops By!

In addition to her regular Thursday appearances at Austin’s legendary Saxon Pub, where she’s held a residency for two years with Love & Chaos, the Lufkin-raised Texas native has several other shows lined up in Austin and other Texas towns. The former CW Austin TV spokeswoman also will perform as a celebrity dancer in the 12th annual Dancing with the Stars Austin fundraiser for the Center for Child Protection, taking place Dec. 1 at the J.W. Marriott.

Yep, she’s ready to kick up her heels and rock this city, all right. Look out, because Here Comes Trouble.

Show dates
Oct. 21 – Threadgill’s World Headquarters (Soul of a Musician series), Austin
Oct. 22 – KWVH-FM “Over Easy with Coach” show, Wimberley
Oct. 24 – Guero’s, Austin (Sun Radio Live)
Oct. 27 – Six Springs Live, Plano, Texas
Nov. 10 – Saxon Pub, Austin (1320 S Lamar Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704) * CD release show * Tickets $10 at the door. Facebook Event

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Maddie & Tae on TODAY Show 10/22, new song ‘Die From A Broken Heart’ out now


Duo Unveils "Raw, Vulnerable" New Song “Die From A Broken Heart” 

Via Huffington Post

Nashville, TN - October 19, 2018 - Current CMA Award nominees Maddie & Tae are set to perform their “flirty” (Billboard), “confessional” (Rolling Stone) lead single “Friends Don’t,” live on the TODAY show this Monday, Oct. 22. The first taste of the duo's highly-anticipated sophomore release, on Mercury Nashville, the “uptempo almost love song” (Tennessean) is climbing the Country radio charts.

Maddie & Tae are sharing even more new music with fans, exclusively unveiling the candidly heart-rending track “Die From A Broken Heart” with Huffington Post. View 
HERE. Now available everywhere, “Die From A Broken Heart” invites fans to eavesdrop on an honest conversation as a heartbroken daughter seeks wisdom from her mother. Listen HERE.

“We created a concept record that follows the ups and downs of a relationship," Maddie & Tae shared. "You’ve heard the in love phase with Friends Don’t, and now you hear the heartbreak in 'Die From a Broken Heart.' This song definitely hits home for us, and we hope our fans relate to it as well.”    

Maddie & Tae - Die From A Broken Heart

Release Date: 19 Oct 2018

Label: Mercury Nashville UMG Recordings) 

Debut #24 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart, then #6 (#586 all-genres), then #3 (#374 all-genres) | Sun Oct 21: #7 (#667 UK Singles all-genres)
Time: 3:08
Amazon UK - UK iTunes 

Award-winning duo Maddie & Tae are drawing praise for their new single “Friends Don’t,” “anchored around their stellar vocal pairings and some of the tightest harmonies on Music Row (Rolling Stone). “The sound is identifiable while still representing a distinct step forward” (Billboard), giving fans a taste of what to expect from their highly-anticipated forthcoming full-length album, due in 2019. Maddie & Tae first broke out in 2013 with their brilliant take down of bro-country, “Girl In A Country Song,” which took Country radio by storm, skyrocketing to the top of the charts and quickly going PLATINUM.

The duo became only the third female duo in 70 years to top the Country Airplay charts, also earning trophies from the Country Music Academy and Radio Disney Music Awards along with multiple ACM, CMA and CMT Award nominations.
They are currently nominated for CMA Vocal Duo of the Year. Receiving widespread praise from NPR, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, Glamour and others, country music’s hottest stars including Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice and Brad Paisley have welcomed Maddie & Tae on the road, with Carrie Underwood recently inviting the duo out as direct support on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360.

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'CMT Artists Of The Year' honours female artists + Red Carpet Fashion

"You're not here because you are women, you're here because you are dang good." That was Carrie Underwood, summing up the empowering theme for Wednesday night's (Oct 17) "CMT Artists Of The Year" awards, which was the network's first-ever, female-focused version of its year-end recognition of top artists.

Underwood was the evening's final honoree and was preceded by Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman; Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott; Maren Morris; Kelsea Ballerini; and Miranda Lambert.

CMT also presented an "Artist Of A Lifetime" award to Country icon Loretta Lynn, who was unable to attend due to ongoing health issues. Sissy Spacek not only presented but accepted on LYNN's behalf.
Loretta had to miss the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony and has now revealed that she had to be hospitalized. The 86-year-old country legend turned to Facebook herself later in the day to explain, "After a brief hospital visit, I’m feeling better now and enjoying a weekend of resting up at home."
Accepting her honor, Maren Morris exclaimed, "Sheryl Crow just gave me a freakin' award," adding, "woman are putting out the most compelling, badass music," while encouraging all artists to "speak your truth."  Fairchild, near the end of her comments with SCHLAPMAN, reeled off a list of 30 current female artists, urging everyone to support their music.

2018 CMT Artists of the Year Acceptance Speechs
Carrie Underwood >> YouTube | Maren Morris >> YouTube
Miranda Lambert >> YouTube
Kelsea Ballerini >> YouTube | Hillary Scott >> YouTube
Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman >> YouTube
Sissy Spacek >> YouTube

As is always the case on award shows, performances and collaborations highlighted the evening.
Lambert was joined by fellow Pistol Annies members Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley for "Sugar Daddy." (>> YouTube)

Ballerini teamed with Alison Krauss for the 80s classic "Ghost In This House."

Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile offered a blazing, tag-team rendition of "Natural Woman," in tribute to the late Aretha Franklin. (>> YouTube)

Hillary Scott, Tori Kelly and Gospel artist Kirk Franklin put together a medley of "American Honey," "Never Alone," and "Oh Happy Day." (>> YouTube).

Loretta Lynn was celebrated by Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley, Sissy Spacek, Miranda Lambert, and Martina McBride.

The legendary Gladys Knight joined Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman for a “I Can’t Make You Love Me/Help Me Make It Through The Night" medley (>> YouTube) which led perfectly to the evening's finale:

·    Underwood, joined by Runaway June and Maddie & Tae - who will also tour with her in 2019 - for an 80s female Women of Country Tribute travelogue of tunes from Reba McEntire (“Why Haven’t I Heard From You”), Shania Twain (“Man! I Feel Like a Woman”), Tammy Wynette (“Stand By Your Man”), Dolly Parton (“9 to 5”), The Judds (“Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain”), Faith Hill (“Wild One”), and Martina McBride (“Independence Day”).


Six Memorable Moments From CMT's Artists Of the Year Celebration

2018 CMT Artists of the Year | Recap
The network says it was the most-watched AOTY special in the franchise's history. Watch here: 

All-Female ‘CMT Artists of the Year’ Spotlights Exec Leslie Fram’s Advocacy for Women: "We were in a place where women dominated the chart,” says the CMT senior VP, “and we lost our way." A telecast spotlighting Carrie, Miranda, Maren, Kelsea and others is one step toward making up the difference….. Read More Variety.com

Belle Of The Brawl: The CMT Artists of the Year special honors the women of country music last night (10/17). Pictured (front, l-r) are CMT's Margaret ComeauxKevin Kay and Leslie Fram; (back, l-r) CMT's Frank Tanki, Capitol's Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Columbia's Maren Morris, RCA's Miranda Lambert, Black River's Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild and Switched On's John Hamlin.

2018 CMT Artists of the Year Red Carpet

Before the stars hit the stage at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the CMT Artists of the Year celebration they were photographed on the red carpet showing off their stylish outfits in unique dresses, cutting-edge jumpsuits, pantsuits and flowing gowns.

Taste Of Country Red Carpet Pictures
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Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild take photos during the 2018 CMT Artists of The Year at Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 17, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo courtesy of CMT

Carrie Underwood (Yummy Mummy to-be): Showing off her burgeoning bump The Cry Pretty radiant powerhouse wore a Tadashi Shoji Fall 2018 "Solsa" blue sequin draped dress with cutout detail adding Marli New York diamond jewels and silver sandals. Instagram

Danielle Bradbery: The Worth It singer wore a Lovers + Friends La Blazer Dress adding Schutz Chaya high heel pumps (Product), Glam & Makeup (Libby Barnes), Jennifer Zeuner Nalo Extended earrings,:

Elle King - The "Little Bit of Lovin'" Americana/ Rock singer-songwriter donned a purple and black striped pantsuit and styled her suit with a textured silver clutch.

Hillary Scott - Lady A’s singer looked ready for Valentine's Day in a flowing lavender Ashish gown with red sequin hearts. Cut from diaphanous lilac chiffon, this wrap style is beautifully decorated with crystals, beads and sequins to form floating love hearts, and outlined with ruffles that make it feel all the more romantic. (Product £1,610)

TOP: Carrie Underwood (Tadashi Shoji), Danielle Bradbery (Lovers + Friends), 
Elle King, Hillary Scott (Ashish)
BOTTOM: Kimberly Schlapman (Maria Lucia Hohan), Karen Fairchild (Maria Lucia Hohan), Kelsea Ballerini (Monique Lhuillier), Maddie & Tae (Jovani/Dennis Basso) 

Karen Fairchild – The Little Big Town singer showed off her bronzed legs in a black, belted Maria Lucia Hohan gown and added ankle high shimmering gold mid-calf booties!

Kimberly Schlapman - The Little Big Town Girl Crush singer glowed in a sleeveless silver halter gown by Maria Lucia Hohan adding Le Vian diamond rings.

Kelsea Ballerini – Dressed quite formally rather than her usual youthful edgy flare wearing a high neckline Monique Lhuillier Spring 2019 gown.

Maddie & Tae (Maddie Marlow & Tae Dye) – Bringing a pop of colour to the red carpet event Maddie wore a plunging Jovani jumpsuit with a studded detail pattern and added Lana Jewelry. Tae stunned in a Dennis Basso fall winter 2018 dress. Tiffany Gifford (Styling)

Their new project, according to Dye, is a “concept album” that was inspired by the ebbs and flows of the singers’ personal lives and careers.
“[The album] starts off with the ‘in love’ phase of a relationship which then goes into the heartbreak and the relationship calling quits,” Dye explains. “The end of the record is all about this girl just getting her power back and finding strength and confidence.”
The duo’s new project leads off with the single “Friends Don’t,” which explores the tension of an evolving friendship. It’s a plot line that wasn’t visited on their debut album Start Here, simply because it wasn’t an experience they could draw from yet. Now 23, both Dye and Marlow have a much deeper well from which to draw.
“We wanted to grow gracefully with our fans,” Dye says. “We started writing about being in love, being young women and the uncomfortability of not really knowing what you’re doing with your life while trying to act like you do.” That vulnerability also shines in the newly released (Oct 19) “Die From a Broken Heart,” which follows the many calls made from a daughter to her mother as she looks for answers to a myriad of life’s challenges, from pesky wine stains to devastating breakups. ..Read More

Maren Morris (feathers are too much) – The Rich singer-songwriter wore a Raisa and Vanessa Fall 2018 dress. She accessorized with Sophia Webster platform heels, and jewelry from Yvan Tufenkjian (earrings), Borgioni, EFCollection, Ileana Makri & Eriness Jewelry (rings) - Instagram

Martina McBride – The 52-year old "Reckless" singer who has just released her 9 song It's the Holiday Season album opted for a simple little silk black, wearing tights and eye-catching above the knee sparkly black boots.

She later performed the upbeat and sassy "You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)" in Loretta Lynn’s honor. Her billowing performance dress look ill-fitting but was said to be an outfit that resembled something Loretta would don.

Miranda Lambert – For her CMT Artists of the Year performance joining her Pistol Annies band members she wore a daring a Gunmetal Criss Cross Neckline Evening Jovani jumpsuit (Product 62493 | Facebook Video)  
Miranda Lambert (Jovani jumpsuit) accepts an award
Sanford Myers/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock | Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT

TOP: Maren Morris (Raisa and Vanessa), Martina McBrideSheryl CrowBOTTOM: Runaway June (Revolve/ Naomi/ Sherri Hill), Tori Kelly

Runaway June - Hannah Mulholland wore a Revolve X Naven Maxine Jumpsuit (Product Revolve Style No. NBDR-WC35) with a back cut-out with hook and eye closure. Naomi
Cooke wore a bespoke creative tailored Naomi pants. Jennifer Wayne wore a sparkling sleeveless multi-coloured Sherri Hill Fall 2018 sequin cocktail dress with beaded fringe (Product Style 52127).
Mari Fandl (Hair & Makeup), John Murphy (Stylist), Kristen Carbine (Hair + Make Up)

Sheryl Crow - Wore a geometric form-fitting dress and pointy-toed black ankle booties on the red carpet.

Tori Kelly - The soulful singer donned a strapless off-the-shoulder black mermaid gown featuring sheer waist and sleeve panels and completed her look carrying a Ted Baker clutch.

Images: Sanford Myers/Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock | Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT