Carrie Underwood and More to Highlight Women in CMA Awards Open

Two special performances will put the spotlight on female artists.

Written by Chris Parton
Carrie Underwood and More to Highlight Women in CMA Awards Open
"The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, airs live Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 8/7c on ABC; Photo Credit: Mark Seliger/ABC

A cavalcade of female artists are set to kick off the 53rd annual CMA Awards, delivering a special performance meant to highlight the impact of women in country music.

Led by show co-hosts Carrie UnderwoodReba McEntire and Dolly Parton, the show-opening number will also feature Terri ClarkSara EvansCrystal GayleThe Highwomen (Brandi CarlileNatalie HembyMaren Morris and Amanda Shires), Martina McBrideJennifer NettlesTanya Tucker and Gretchen Wilson, with each performing iconic country songs from across decades of the genre’s history.

Meanwhile, another newly announced performance will again put the spotlight on country’s female stars. Kelsea Ballerini is set to team up with Lindsay EllMaddie & TaeAshley McBrydeCarly Pearce and Runaway June, who will share the stage on “an iconic CMA Song of the Year and CMA Single of the Year,” featuring a special appearance by Little Big Town.

Previously announced solo performances include Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Dan + Shay, and more, plus collaborations between Brooks & Dunn and Brothers Osborne, Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum and Halsey, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson and others. The 53rd annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena November 13 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.