CMT To Honor Brandi Carlile With “Impact Award”

By Lauryn Snapp

November 7, 2019

CMT revealed their plans to honor GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and performerBrandi Carlile with the 2019 CMT Next Women of Country “Impact Award”at this year’s celebration recognizing the next class of rising female country stars. The 7th annual celebration, co-hosted by Martina McBride and CMT’s Leslie Fram will take place in Nashville on November 12 at the historic Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Brandi marks the fourth recipient of CMT’s “Impact Award,” joining the ranks alongside previous recipients including Maren Morris (2018),Kelsea Ballerini (2017) and Brandy Clark (2016).

“Not only is she one of the greatest performers of our time, she’s an incredible advocate and champion for her fellow female artists, lending her support and star power to up-and-coming artists in the genre,” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music Strategy & Talent. “We are truly thrilled to celebrate her monumental achievements, both as a solo artist, producer, and as a member of the groundbreaking group The Highwomen, with this Impact Award.” 

Spearheading a female focused conversation and acting as an advocate for country music’s female artists, CMT first launched its “Next Women of Country” campaign in 2013. The campaign showcases emerging female artists across all CMT screens throughout the year, and shows support for female artists in a male-dominated format. CMT has expanded the initiative to include five CMT NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY Tours, anchored by superstar acts including Jennifer Nettles, Martina McBride and Sara Evans, a digital series, NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY LIVE, and more.

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