October 18, 2018 | by: Chris Pride

The women of country music are celebrated at CMT Artists of The Year

Last night the 2018 CMT Artists of The Year Awards were handed out and it was a great night for the women of country music.  It was the first ever female focused event.  According to E! News it featured some top notch performances.

As EW reported, the ladies of country music have each other’s backs!

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photo cred: EW

Award winner Miranda Lambert let her colleagues she’s always there for them “not a day will go by that I don’t honor and lift up other women in this industry and want to work with them and collaborate and I hope they do the same because I feel like we have to be there for each other and we are.”

Carrie Underwood opened her speech with a call to action “t is up to all of us to open to keep opening those doors”  she said.  “I want to see little girls at home seeing us on stage being like ‘I want to do that!’ and I want them to know that it is possible.”

Here in Canada, a female artist made a big splash in the country scene earlier this year.  Lindsay Ell became the first woman in 10 years to have a number 1 hit on Canadian country radio when Criminal topped the charts.

She says while “there are fewer women releasing and recording music right now” but “the quality of music is at an all time high…  So I fully believe in my heart that every industry is cyclical and it’s going to be coming around, it’s just taking it’s time to do so.”

The Canadian songstress may be right and it certainly looks like that time might just be now.

Listen to the audio report below.

Below are some video highlights from last night.