Celebrating #WomenInCountry with Country Deep TV at #CMAawards

I had such a great time at the CMA Awards in Nashville, thanks to AT&T U-verse Country Deep! What a spectacular event celebrating “Country Music’s Biggest Night” to shine.

What did y’all think of the Awards show? Did the artists you expected to win, win? Do you think there were any upsets? What is your opinion of the performances?

Country Deep is currently spotlighting rising females in country music, creating an initiative honoring “Women in Country (#WomenInCountry). AT&T U-verse chose Dot Records recording artists and first signees, Maddie & Tae, as its Artist of the Month (who we just had on #CMchat for Twitterview earlier this week!).

Aside from spending some time with Maddie & Tae and discussing their explosive career and new EP, I witnessed Nashville glitzing, glamming, sparkling, and shining with some of today’s biggest names in country music, as well as with some of the brightest stars of tomorrow. On Tuesday night, I attended the Broken Bow Records annual CMA Awards party and got to hang out with the lovely and talented Brooke Eden and Kristy Lee Cook. Both of these ladies are Broken Bow recording artists and have enough energy to light up an entire room. I can’t wait to see what these Women In Country will bring to the table as their careers move forward. For now, if you want to become better acquainted with both of these artists, check them out on the U-verse CMA website.

The night of the awards show was outrageous! The ladies of country music brought light to a dark and dreary Nashville day as they walked the red carpet and filled Bridgestone Arena. At the top of the show, Miranda Lambert shared the spotlight with Top 40 “All About That Bass” sensation, Meghan Trainor, bringing down the house and setting the stage for a night that belonged to Lambert, who took home four awards. Other Women In Country who performed were Carrie Underwood, who dazzled the audience with her poise, grace, humor, and talent throughout the entire night; Kacey Musgraves and Loretta Lynn; Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum; Ashley Monroe (with Blake Shelton); Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town and … Ariana Grande?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I was there, I can validate it – Ariana Grande has a phenomenal voice and deserves the fame and recognition she has received. In fact, she blew me away with her vocals during her performance of “Bang Bang” with Little Big Town. I have to admit though, it left me wondering why the CMA Awards had not one, but two, pop stars performing on its stage when there are so many worthy, yet underrated, Women In Country who are not receiving the same opportunities. In a genre that is currently male dominant and waiting for the tide to turn, I would have loved to see some of our own rising female stars in those performance slots instead. Again, I’m not taking anything away from the talents of Trainor or Grande, but with talents like Danielle Bradbery, Cassadee Pope, Kelsea Ballerini, Lindsay Ell, Lauren Alaina, Jana Kramer, Sarah Darling, Mickey Guyton, Angaleena Presley and so many more, it is a little troubling to see women of other genres being brought in to perform at a country show.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

It was quite an honor to attend the #CMAawards on behalf of AT&T U-verse Country Deep! You can check out all the Winners and Nominees on U-verse CMA website.

Check out some of my social media posts from my trip to Nashville below. Thank you again to AT&T U-verse Country Deep for this wonderful opportunity!

AT&T U-verse is a Television & Internet service that created Country Deep, a dedicated TV app and online platform that celebrates Country Artists and lets fans get closer to the artists they love with music videos and behind the scenes original series. Women In Country is a celebration campaign that highlights female artists in Country Music and the fans that love them, through a dedicated section and exciting content on the Country Deep TV app and website. #WomenInCountry is an organic movement that will highlight the incredible female voices in Country Music, both past and present, by engaging fans in the celebration on social media and encouraging them to watch all the great content available on Country Deep.

U-verse customers can check out the Country Deep Channel on their TV or Online, and non U-Verse users can check out all of the Country Deep coverage online!

Make sure you’re following @Uverse and @CountryDeepTV!

This post was made possible through my association with AT&T Uverse Country Deep. As always, thoughts and opinions are my own and not those of AT&T.

PS Clayton Anderson says hi!

Author: Jessica Northey

Everyone asks “what exactly do you do Jessica?” What some of my family members say, “she tweets for a living” is my favorite, but really the title that puts food on the table is “Social Media Influencer,” the definition sounds simple, someone who influences others through social media, but I consider myself a Citizen Journalist broadcasting and entertaining with news, thoughts, opinions, delivering information in my own unique way. Famous for my ‘sass wit and straight from the hip’ style I’ve always been called a “Social Media Pioneer” in the music industry. I’m also an On-Air/Online Broadcasting Host and Personality, Digital Media Strategist, Country and Music Blogger/Journalist as well as a Nationally recognized Speaker and Founder of Country Music Chat, News and Views Entertainment Website CMChatLIVE.com. My favorite accomplishment is starting the largest Country Music Hashtag community in the world Country Music’s #CMChat. It all started with a hunch...back in the early 2000’s I would dial up the internet via AOL and join chat rooms whilst watching my favorite programs on TV. Loved watching Reality Shows with my Mom in Tucson, and blowing her mind with how I always knew who was going home on the Bachelor or Big Brother. Don’t think she ever caught on that I was talking to people via computer on the East Coast, where it had already aired. (We didn’t have the uber-spoiler Twitter or Facebook to ruin results and awards shows for us yet.) I’ve been taking over the internet, one tweet at a time and have accumulated over 3 Million followers/friends/fans across all my Social Media networks. Over the years I’ve been consistently ranked as an influential online personality and even named as a Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencer. I was the first person Merle Haggard followed when he got on Twitter and spent the day with Garth Brooks at Twitter and Facebook when joined the social media world.

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