Maren Morris reigned supreme as the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year at The 54th Annual CMA Awards.
Morris was escorted to the stage by her husband, Ryan Hurd. Appearing to be a bit emotional, Morris thanked all of the women in the category and told them she loved them all “so much.”
She went on to tribute black women in country music, saying “we see you,” while name-dropping artists such as Yola, Mickey Guyton and Rissi Palmer.
“You have made this genre so, so beautiful,” she gracefully said. “Thank you for making me so inspired.”
Morris closed her speech saying, “This has been the most magical night.”
Also nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category were Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.
The 54th Annual CMA Awards featured performances from Chris Stapleton, Rascal Flatts, Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Keith Urban, Jimmie Allen, Ingrid Andress, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Old Dominion and Kelsea Ballerini.
Additionally, the show included star-studded collaborations by Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Reba McEntire featuring Darius Rucker, Gabby Barrett and Charlie Puth, Carly Pearce with Charles Kelley as well as Thomas Rhett together with McEntire and Chris Tomlin. The show opener featured an all-star performance from Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne and Ashley McBryde paying tribute to the late Charlie Daniels.
Hosted by Reba McEntire and Darius Rucker, “Country Music’s Biggest Night” aired on Wednesday, November 11 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC.