The 2021 CMA Awards Female Vocalist of the Year is Carly Pearce!
On Wednesday (November 8) Pearce walked away with the big win. Other nominees included Gabby Barrett, Ashley McBryde, Miranda Lambert, and Maren Morris. All of the nominees aside from Morris performed during the awards telecast.
Pearce told the crowd that country music saved her life. She also admitted in her acceptance speech that she didn’t think that a win in this category was possible for her. “I really didn’t think this was gonna happen,” she told the audience.
Carly Pearce performed alongside Ashley McBryde for “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” earlier in the broadcast. Pearce is also nominated for the coveted Album of the Year honor for her latest release, 29. Chris Stapleton took home that award for his record, Starting Over.
Furthermore, the 2021 CMA Awards took place on Wednesday, November 10 at Nashville, Tennesse’s Bridgestone Arena. Luke Bryan hosted the evening which featured twenty performances. Stay tuned to Outsider for more CMA Awards content!
Carly Pearce, Gabby Barrett, Miranda Lambert and Their Amazing Night
American Idol judges Katy Perry and Lionel Richie introduced Barrett’s performance of “The Good Ones.” She performed with her husband Cade Foehner on guitar and a string quartet.
Despite competing on a hit reality television series and performing for thousands, Barrett was nervous for her performance.
“Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton and like all of the people that I have looked up to and have heard my entire life are sitting, staring in front of me, listening to every word that comes out of my mouth,” Barrett told Taste of Country.
“It’s a little nerve-racking, but we got this,” she admitted. The nervous butterflies are a good thing. “It means you care about what you’re doing.”
Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert has her eyes peeled for new talent. She’s sure that country music is in good hands for the future with several new female country artists.
“That category, to me, everyone’s deserving of it,” she told The Tennesseean. “There’s never an upset when we all worked really hard to get here. I’m also glad there’s another female in the category because she needs to be there. She’s a badass.”
This year, Lambert was also nominated for the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award. This year she and Carrie Underwood are the two females represented in the typically male-dominated category. Additionally, Chris Stapleton, Eric Church, and Luke Combs were nominated.
“That category, to me, everyone’s deserving of it,” she added. “There’s never an upset when we all worked really hard to get here. I’m also glad there’s another female in the category because she needs to be there. She’s a badass.”