Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Named Names at the CMT Artist of the Year Ceremony

Karen Fairchild naming names at the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony wasn't just a moment, it was themoment. The Little Big Town singer used her time for an acceptance speech to spotlight new female artists in country music.

Standing alongside bandmate Kimberly Schlapman, Fairchild apologized for the cell phone prop, but it soon became clear her intentions were good. "I can't say enough about CMT for honoring women, and celebrating women when it's really important right," she begins. "But I just wanna say, in case anyone is watching, that ..."

She then listed 35 talented female newcomers who are deserving of more attention from fans, media and especially country radio. The applause grew louder as she reached the end of her list. This was the night to celebrate all women of country music, and that spirit came through in positive ways from the moment the first artist stepped on the CMT AOTY red carpet, until long after as artists buzzed about it all on social media.

Here is a list of all 35 artists Fairchild named, in order: Danielle BradberyRunaway JuneKelleigh BannenKassi AshtonAshley McBrydeCassadee PopeRaeLynnMickey GuytonLucie SilvasJillian Jacqueline, Heather Morgan, Abby AndersonAubrie SellersTenille TownesRachel WammackMaddie and TaeCarly Pearce, Ruthie Collins, Maggie RoseCaitlyn SmithLindsay EllJana KramerClare DunnLauren Alaina, Margo Price, the Sisterhood Band, Natalie StovallKree HarrisonBrooke EdenCandi Carpenter, Lillie Mae, Emily Hackett, Little Feather, Kalie Shorr and Lacy Cavalier.

Carrie UnderwoodHillary ScottMaren MorrisMiranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini were the other women honored by CMT on Wednesday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. The 90-minute live broadcast was filled with special performances and collaborations. Underwood, Runaway June and Maddie & Tae closed the show with a medley of vintage hits.

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Jesse Atwell