The 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards
Country's Female Acts Honored at ACM Girls' Night Out TV Special Taping
The ACM Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special was taped Monday night, April 4th, in Las Vegas. The Judds, Wynonna and Naomi, opened the show with their very appropriate 1980s hit "Girls' Night Out." Their fellow honorees Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Miranda Lambert and Reba were introduced during an instrumental break in the song. John Fogerty returned later in the show to sing The Judds hit "Rockin' with the Rhythm of the Rain," and they joined him to sing the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Proud Mary." The Judds were singled out for being the most awarded female duo in ACM history.
Blake Shelton welcomed the audience and announced the big lineup of stars singing in honor of the superstar ladies of country. Rascal Flatts took the stage to honor Reba for winning the ACM Top Female Vocalist trophy seven times, more than anyone else in history. The group then tore into a cover of Reba's 1994 hit "Why Haven't I Heard from You" before joining forces with her to sing "The Heart Won't Lie," Reba's hit duet with Vince Gill.
Vince was also at the show to honor fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood with a performance of "Jesus, Take the Wheel." She was singled out for winning ACM Entertainer of the Year twice, more than any other female act. Carrie joined Vince on stage for a performance of the hymn "How Great Thou Art."
Ronnie Dunn honored Jennifer Nettles with a performance of the Sugarland smash she wrote and sang, "Stay." Jennifer was recognized as one of just two women in ACM history to write and perform a Song of the Year winner. Jennifer and Ronnie also teamed up to sing Patty Griffin's "Let Him Fly" together.
A few stars performed a medley of big female country staples, including the JaneDear girls' performance of Kitty Wells' "It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," The Band Perry's performance of "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline, and Sara Evans' take on the Tammy Wynette staple "Stand by Your Man."
Jason Aldean gave a performance of his mega-hit "She's Country" and welcomed the crowd to the show. Blake Shelton, Jennifer Nettles and Miranda Lambert were spotted singing along as pictures of the iconic women of country floated across the screen behind Jason.
Little Big Town performed "Independence Day" in honor of Martina McBride, and she joined them to perform "When Will I Be Loved." Blake Shelton sang his fiancée Miranda Lambert's "Famous in a Small Town" in honor of her two ACM Album of the Year wins, also the most for any woman in history. Miranda took the opportunity to introduce her new all-girl trio Pistol Annies, also featuring singer/songwriters Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who performed a song called "Hell on Heels." Miranda says of the group, "It's not your typical girl trio. We definitely have an edge."
Due to health reasons, Loretta Lynn was unable to attend Monday night's taping. However, she recorded a message thanking the ACM for recognizing her 50-year career. All the other honorees took the stage to close the show with a group performance of Loretta's signature hit, "Coal Miner's Daughter."
The ACM Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country special airs Friday, April 22nd on CBS.
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