In 2019, the most star-studded set of female hosts to ever grace the CMA Awards took to the stage. Carrie Underwood introduced the infamous pair she shared the hosting role with:
“And a very special welcome to two of my she-roes, both legends. Last names not necessary: Dolly and Reba.”
The three also opened the night’s female-focused show with a cover of “Those Memories Of You.”
The song was originally recorded and released in 1978 by Bill and James Monroe, and was famously covered by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly in the 1980s.
The song eludes to a haunting break up or loss of the narrator’s significant other – a void that they feel incapable of ever recovering from. The verse lyrics really emphasize the pain and suffering of the narrator:
I close my eyes and you’re there with me Your kiss I feel, your face I see It’s not your lips now that drive me crazy It’s just your haunting memory
Carrie, Dolly and Reba put their unique spin on the cover with impeccable harmony, and the performance not only highlighted their vocals, but highlighted female powerhouses of women’s country through the years.
That year’s awards specifically focused on the women who helped build country music’s foundation, as well as the up-and-coming women of country.
Even Brad Paisley stepped back from his usual hosting role to allow this all-female cast to steer the show.