Carrie Underwood praised women in an empowering speech Wednesday night as she was honoured as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year.
Underwood attended the event at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville alongside fellow winners, including Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
The “Cry Pretty” hitmaker explained during her speech, according to Billboard: “You are not here because you are women. You are here because you are dang good.”
Underwood, who is expecting her second baby, ended the evening with a bang as she belted out a medley of empowering songs for the Classic Women of Country tribute. The songs included the Shania Twain classic, “Man! I Feel Like A Woman”.
The musician was joined by the all-female groups Runaway June and Maddie and Tae for the epic performance.
Wednesday’s ceremony also saw Sissy Spacek accept Loretta Lynn’s award on her behalf, with her telling the audience about “loving” playing Lynn in the 1980 biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter”.
Hillary Scott then took the stage to say, “I just want to say, I’m so humbled to be here, I’m so thankful to the support of CMT for this amazing night.
“This just means so much to me as a mom. I’m a mom of three girls and it is a gift that my mom gave me and my baby sister, that there is no dream too big!”
Give Miranda Lambert’s girl-power speech a watch in the clip below, as well: