9 Moments You Can't Miss From the 2019 CMA Awards
Jennifer Nettles' Fashion Statement
The Sugarland singer made a bold fashion statement on the red carpet in an ensemble designed in collaboration with Christian Siriano and artist Alice Mizrachi, featuring the words, "Play our f*@#!n records, please & thank you."
Nettles spoke to USA Today about taking a stand for more gender equality when it comes to radio play on country music stations. "When I found out that the CMAs were going to be celebrating women this year, I thought, 'What a fantastic opportunity to take the conversation beyond the applause tonight,'" she said on the live stream. "I wanted to send a message: Play our records."
Thomas Rhett & Lauren Akins Joke About Their Growing Family
"I think I was born to be a dad of girls, and it’s been a lot of fun," the male vocalist of the year and album of the year nominee told Entertainment Tonight.
"My wife wants five kids, and when we get to five, she’ll probably want seven," he joked. "I want to wake up when I’m 55, and go to Thanksgiving, and have a thousand people at our Thanksgiving table."
Pink & Carey's Country Crew Hit the Red Carpet
Before taking the stage for a duet with Chris Stapleton, Pink hit the red carpet with husband Carey Hart and their kids, daughter Willow and son Jameson.
The little ones got into the sartorial country spirit, with 8½-year-old Willow wearing a dress featuring carousel horses and her brother, who turns 3 next month, rocking an adorable cowboy hat and boots paired with a studded jacket.
The Epic All-Female Musical Opener
Carrie, Dolly and Reba, yee-haw!
To kick off the 2019 CMAs, co-hosts Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton were joined onstage by a slew of fellow country queens to help celebrate the night’s theme of country’s legendary women with performances by some of the biggest names in the industry: Martina McBride, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman, The Highwomen’s Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, and more.
Reba's "Fancy" Fashion Moment
The co-host and 50-time CMA nominee wowed the crowd with a fierce rendition of her classic '90s hit "Fancy." But she was determined to surprise, even while performing a standard: After strutting onto the stage in a bedazzled purple silk robe complete with feathered sleeves, Reba slipped out of her chic-yet-comfy look to reveal the sparkling red “dancin’ dress” featured in the song.
But she didn’t stop there! As the song hit its peak, she stayed true to the lyrics, and Fancy didn’t let us down: in one fell swoop, the country crooner dropped her dress mid-stride, showing off the matching red pantsuit underneath.
Kacey Musgraves Gives Gigi Hadid a Taste of Country
The female vocalist of the year recipient — who’s single "Rainbow" already took home music video of the year — brought pal Gigi Hadid as her date to the show, where the pair danced along to the star-studded female opening number while sipping on drinks straight out of a country-song staple: red Solo cups.
A Celebration of Country’s Next Generation
Kelsea Ballerini and Lindsay Ell kicked off the night’s second star-studded group performance with a rendition of Little Big Town’s 2014 hit “Girl Crush.” The duo were soon joined onstage by Runaway June, Maddie and Tae, Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde and the members of Little Big Town. After the performance, LBT vocalist Karen Fairchild gestured towards the musicians on stage and said, "You’re looking at the future of country music right here."
Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban Rock Out
Thomas Rhett’s Sweet Slow Dance
Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson’s duet of his song “Rainbow Connection” was tear-jerking enough on its own, but the waterworks kicked up a notch when the camera panned to Rhett rocking 4-year-old daughter Willa Gray in his arms to the ballad.