Dressed in all white, the quartet performed its live debut of new single “The Daughters,” a heartstring-tugging ballad that blatantly calls out the unfair burdens society often forces young girls to carry. If lyrics like “And pose like a trophy on a shelf/ Dream for everyone but not yourself” weren’t emotional enough, a troupe of contemporary dancers rushed to the middle of the stage to bring the song’s grappling theme to life.
Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild seemed to hold back tears as she sang, and country star Brandi Carlile didn’t hesitate to wipe her own tears away once the performance was over.
The recognition of powerful women in the country industry is quickly becoming a major (and well-deserved) theme at this year’s ceremony. In her memorable opening monologue, host Reba McEntire addressed the show’s category issue. While pointing out the recent snowy Vegas weather, she quipped: “It was so cold it froze us women out for entertainer of the year.”
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