Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile paid tribute to Aretha Franklin at Wednesday night’s Artists of the Year ceremony on CMT, singing the Carole King-penned “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman.”
For the first time, CMT’s list of honorees was exclusively comprised of women, including Morris, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Hillary Scott, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.
“Thank you, CMT, for doing this. We need more things like this,” Underwood said later in the evening. “But I definitely want to say to all of the incredible, amazing talented women that have been on this stage tonight: You are not here because you are women. You are here because you are dang good.”
Watch Morris and Carlile perform “Natural Woman” below: