This past Wednesday night, CMT stepped up in a big way to address the gender disparity problem in country music by exclusively naming women their 2018 “Artists of the Year.” With the conversation being mostly that, conversation, it was great to see someone finally do something about it. Props to CMT, but it didn’t end there…
While the night specifically honored Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott, and the ladies of Little Big Town, Karen Fairchild took the opportunity to included as many female artists as possible.
During her mic-drop speech, she named 35 other female country artists that you should be listening to, while also admitting to not even scratching the surface of all the talented women there are in country music.
If you missed it, watch the powerful moment below.
Many of them you might be familiar with, many of them you might not be, but either way, you don’t want to miss anything from this group of incredibly talented women. Rather than leave it you to go and look them all up, we put together a convenient little introduction to each and every artist she named.
Here’s one must-listen track from each of those 35 female country stars.