Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards Perform Powerful Rendition of “Love My Hair” at CMA Awards

The singers joined their voices and hands for a show-stopper.

Mickey Guyton, Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards Perform Powerful Rendition of “Love My Hair” at CMA Awards
Brittney Spencer, Mickey Guyton and Madeline Edwards; Photo Courtesy CMA

Mickey Guyton was joined by Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards for a compelling performance of “Love My Hair” at the 55th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 10.

The performance opened on Guyton, Spencer and Edwards standing in a line onstage, wearing white dresses and sporting their beautiful, natural hair. Guyton glowed as she began the song, which speaks of her journey as a Black woman to truly accept and love the hair she’s born with. In the chorus, Guyton admits she used to “braid it all just to hide the curls up there,” but she eventually found her freedom and “learned not to care.”

Guyton soon handed the song over to Edwards, who continued telling the important story while fog began to swirl around the three artists. Spencer then joined in, and eventually, they all sang together as their voices and harmony mixed seamlessly in the emotive lyrics. At the very end of the tune, the instrumentals stopped and their voices shone even more as they sang a cappella. The women then turned to hug one another after the performance.

The introduction to their performance was just as powerful as the performance itself, as they were introduced by a young girl named Faith Fennidy, who inspired Guyton to write the song after the singer saw her story about being sent home from school for her ‘distracting’ hair. In the introduction, Fennidy stated that the song makes young girls like her “feel seen and loved.”

Mickey Guyton came into the night with one nomination for New Artist of the Year, capping off a hugely successful period which began with the release of socially-conscious tracks like “Black Like Me,” “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?” and more.

Brittney Spencer is just beginning to emerge as a respected songwriter with tunes like “Sorrys Don’t Work No More” and a soulful style, and Madeline Edwards was a surprise inclusion when the CMA Awards performers were announced. She released her first country song, “Best Revenge,” ahead of the show.

Back in their usual format after the pandemic-impacted 2020 show, the 55th Annual CMA Awards aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 10. The night featured dozens of performances and awards presentation for a glitzy ceremony dubbed “Country’s Biggest Night,” and was hosted by superstar Luke Bryan for the first time. You can check out Sounds Like Nashville’s full coverage here.