Before reaching the stage on Wednesday night, the women who were honored at the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony in 2018 took a moment for a group photo to commemorate the occasion: it is the first time the show has offered a list of honorees for women.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town posed inside the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.
Multiple collaborations are expected between the honorees and other female artists during the show, including the women from Little Big Town with veteran R & B Gladys Knight and Ballerini with Alison Krauss. There is also a musical salute planned for the winning life artist Loretta Lynn of Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride.
On Tuesday, the women shared their musical inspirations with EW and today they offered some female artists to watch over them in the future. Maybe one of them will be honored as CMT Artist of the Year someday?
the 2018 artists of the CMT of the year Tonight it airs at 8 p.m. ET / PT.