Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, and other contemporary ambassadors of the genre have appeared on TV with veteran performers Alan Jackson, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, and even Jeannie Seely.
We are extremely appreciative that the 2022 CMA Awards were a largely predicted event with a few nice minor surprises. There is already enough wacky shit going on without having to put up with some pointless drama playing out on country music’s greatest night, what with Ye, the disruption of the already wild Twitter, and the high stakes of the midterms.
I apologise to Garth, but praise God for heard prayers.
In light of this, on Wednesday in Nashville, the ideal of the 1990s (and some even more distant decades) was alive as the 56th annual Country Music Association Awards carefully reflected on the past.
That meant that at various points, old songs, vintage fashions, and figures from the history of country music would appear. Hell, even Peyton Manning, Luke Bryan’s new co-host, is somewhat of a throwback; he was once the play-caller at the University of Tennessee and is a former NFL great.
One of their faces stood out in particular. Just one month ago, Loretta Lynn passed away, and to honour her memory, the show opened with a special section. Representing two generations of country music stars, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Miranda Lambert paid tribute to Lynn by performing a bandstand-style set that may have been heard on the Grand Ole Opry fifty years ago: They sang Lynn classics including “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man),” “Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Loving on Your Mind),” “You’re Lookin’ at Country,” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” first individually and then collectively.
The women kept the songs almost entirely true to their original arrangements rather than reinterpreting them in a more contemporary manner. Kentucky native Carly Pearce performed her original song “Miss Loretta” later in the performance.