In 2019, the star-studded group of female presenters who have ever presented the CMA Awards took the stage. Carrie underwood introduced the infamous couple she shared the hosting role with:
“And a very special welcome to two of my fawns, both legends. Surname not required: Dolly and Reba.”
The three also opened the night’s female-centric show with a cover of “Those Memories Of You.”
The song was originally recorded and released by Bill and James Monroe in 1978 and covered by Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Dolly in the 1980s.
The song eludes a haunting breakup or loss of the narrator’s significant other – a emptiness they feel unable to ever recover from. The verse lyrics really emphasize the pain and suffering of the narrator:
I close my eyes and you are with me
I feel your kiss, I see your face
It’s not your lips that are driving me crazy now
It’s just your haunting memory
Carrie, Dolly and Reba brought their unique twist to the cover with impeccable harmony, and the performance not only highlighted their singing, but highlighted the female powerhouses of woman-country over the years.
This year’s awards specifically focused on the women who helped build country music, as well as the rising women of country.
Even Brad Paisley stepped down from his usual role as host to allow this all-female cast to helm the show.
At the opening performance, Dolly asked the crowd:
“What do you call three women who host the CMAs? Your lucky night!”
It really was a happy night for many of the women. KAcey Musgraves received the best video and the best singer and Ashley McBryde took home the title for New Artist.
Many of the women also teamed up to share the stage for some timeless female country hits after the hosts’ performance.
https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2022/11/07/cma-awards-2019-dolly-parton-reba-carrie-underwood-open-with-haunting-cover-of-the-monroes-those-memories-of-you/ CMA Awards 2019: Dolly Parton, Reba & Carrie Underwood Open With Haunting Cover Of The Monroes’ “Those Memories Of You”