Carrie Underwood has come a long way since she won Season 4 of American Idol back in 2005. She was born and grew up in Checotah, Oklahoma in what she defined as a “free-range childhood” (via Showbiz CheatSheet). We’ve no doubt she grew up with country music around her and during this year’s ACM Awards she had the opportunity to pay tribute to some of the women that defined the genre. “Patsy and Loretta, Martina and Barbara, Reba and Dolly. These strong voices mean so much to me and to all the other female artists who stand on their shoulders. They are some of my heroes, and I am so honored to stand alongside them as a fellow member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s my pleasure to pay tribute to these legendary ladies as we celebrate the Opry’s 95th anniversary,” Underwood said, before she launched into a stunning selection of vocals (via People).
Her selection included classics like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy,” Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” Barbara Mandrell’s “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” Dolly Parton’s “Why’d You Come in Here,” Reba McEntire’s “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” and Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing.”
Carrie Underwood's tribute resonated with fans
Thanks to social distancing, fans and artists could only appreciate Carrie Underwood by watching her performance online. But yet the tributes came, and Twitter lit up with fans applauding Underwoods moving tribute, with one fan tweeting: “That was amazing! @CarrieUnderwood thank god for your talent and thank god you are there to keep #countrymusic alive.” Another fan tweeted a photo of Underwood, saying: “This picture below is a picture of a QUEEN A very talented country music superstar! @carrieunderwood is absolutely incredible and that performance on the @opry stage on the @ACMawards was beyond words!” A third appeared lost for words, merely saying: “Drop the mic #CarrieUnderwood Reba, Martina, Dolly, Loretta, Patsy … u nailed it !”
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