Country Throwback: Carrie Underwood Rocks 2019 CMA Fest with Joan Jett

by Katie Maloney

Country superstar Carrie Underwood teams up with rock icon, Joan Jett to perform during the 2019 CMAs Fest.

Country and rock n’ roll have been a musical match made in heaven that performers have been playing with for years. And Underwood is no exception. It’s no secret that Underwood loves rock n’ roll music. In fact, she frequently performs covers of famous rock songs during her shows. So it’s no surprise that, when given the chance to ask someone to perform with her at the CMA Fest, she chose rock n’ roll legend, Joan Jett.

Together, the two performed a collection of hits including “I love Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” and “I Hate Myself For Loving You.”

Carrie Underwood Says Jett Is A ‘Trailblazer’ For Women

During an interview, Underwood talked about how much she admires Jett and the impact the rock star has had in the music industry.

“The more I got to know her and see just how much of a trailblazer she was, for not just women in her genre of music, but of women in music in general. I mean, I’m a fan on every level: personally, professionally, musically,” says Underwood. “I’m honored she’s heard my name before, and that she agreed to come sing with me,” she says.

Jett certainly has been a trailblazer in the music industry since she formed The Runaways in the 70s. During an interview, Jett says that she was told that women couldn’t rock. However, she knew that she not only could but needed to prove everyone wrong.

“I watched Robert Plant and Mick Jagger do what they did and I wanted to do it,” said Jett. “I had to do what they did. If I didn’t do it, the inequity of it would kill me,” said Jett.

After being turned down by countless major labels, Jett decided to start her own record company. She became the first female rocker to launch her own label, Black Heart Records. Not only did she reach super stardom with her singles, she also owns the rights to all of her music.

“That couldn’t have turned out better,” said Jett. “I’m in control. I had hits and they’re my songs.”