Female country acts across generations unite at CMA Awards

  • This combination photo shows songwriter and producer busbee, whose real name was Michael James Ryan, at the 59th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. on Feb. 12, 2017, left, and singer Maren Morris at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on June 5, 2019. As the most-nominated act at an event for a music genre dominated by its male performers, Morris has become one of the key female faces of country music. She will pay tribute to her producer busbee, who died in September at age 43 and shares two nominations with Morris for his work on her acclaimed project, “GIRL.” (AP Photo)

  • Hosts Reba McEntire, from left, Carrie Underwood and Dolly Parton appear at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Maren Morris performs “Girl” at the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Female acts may be scarce on contemporary country radio and the country charts, but they brought girl power to the 2019 Country Music Association with a resilient performance featuring top women from the genre, from Dolly Parton to Carrie Underwood to Reba McEntire.

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