CMT held the second installment of its Next Women of Country: Celebrating the Classes of 2020-2022 showcase on Wednesday night (Sept. 28) at City Winery Nashville, presented by CMT Night Out Nashville and Change The Conversation.
Hosted by CMT’s Leslie Fram and Rissi Palmer, the event featured an in-the-round show with Ashland Craft, Brittney Spencer, Chapel Hart, Harper Grae, Madeline Edwards, Morgan Wade, Renee Blair and Palmer, who all performed in front of a sold-out crowd.
Newly-crowned Americana Honors & Awards Duo/Group of the Year winners The War And Treaty also made a surprise appearance after Fram and Palmer coaxed them to the stage, garnering a standing ovation as the duo gave an impromptu performance of their song “Blank Page.”
Fram also introduced mtheory’s Tiffany Provenzano, a member of the CMT-supported diversity effort Equal Access, who described the equity initiative’s mission of fostering all marginalized communities that are underrepresented in the country genre.
The first installment of CMT’s Next Women of Country showcase took place at City Winery on Aug. 31 with NWOC mentor Jessie James Decker joining Fram as co-host. The lineup featured performances by Callista Clark, Camille Parker, Hannah Dasher, Jenna Paulette, Julia Cole, Laci Kaye Booth, Lily Rose, Reyna Roberts, Tenille Arts and Decker.
The lineup for CMT’s third NWOC showcase in November will be announced soon.
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