The 2018 CMT Artists of the Year began with a classic country performance from the trio Pistol Annies. The women, Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, performed “Sugar Daddy,” a song from their upcoming record, Interstate Gospel.
But their onstage performance was just one of two the women took part in: the trio joined their styling teams in Lambert’s dressing room for a Glam Jam backstage session.
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Teaming up with Lindsay Doyle, Tiffany Gifford, Johnny Lavoy, Blu Sanders, Gwen Sebastian and Moani Lee, the women jammed to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease. The performance was complete with random objects, including hairbrushes, lint rollers, wine bottles and more, in place of microphones.
The 46-second clip was posted as the CMT special wrapped. This year, the network chose to honor the women of country music, Lambert among them. The Texas native has been an avid and outspoken supporter for her fellow female, often taking them out on tour with her. She focused her powerful message of inclusion upon accepting the Artist of the Year honor.
“I was so excited and proud when I saw this whole show was dedicated to these amazing women who have all inspired me,” she said. “I’m thrilled to celebrate how hard we work tonight, and how much we are a community as women and lift each other up and respect each other.”
She added: “Not a day will go by that I don’t lift up and honor other women in this industry, and want to work with them and collaborate. And I hope they do the same. Because we have to be there for each other, and I feel that we are. It’s a small community and we’re all friends. So I appreciate CMT celebrating that tonight.”
The ceremony, which aired live from Nashville on Oct. 17, also honored Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town and Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum.