Little Big Town says "it's time" the women of country were honored; responds to Midland's diss

Written by on November 12, 2019

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Little Big Town is nominated for Vocal Group of the Year going into Wednesday’s CMA Awards, but they’re even more excited that the telecast, hosted by Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton and Reba, is going to shine the spotlight on the women of country music.

Kimberly Schlapman, who named her daughter Dolly in honor of the country legend, told ABC Audio on Tuesday, “I mean, if it weren’t for those women, I don’t think it could be even called country music. You think of Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire….I mean, we grew up on their music. They raised us, you know?  And I think it’s amazing that we’re gonna celebrate that. And I think it’s time.”

LBT has been nominated for Vocal Group of the Year before, and Karen Fairchild says that old cliche is true: It is an honor just to be nominated.

“Yeah, we’re just thankful to be in that category,” she said. “Everybody in that category has had incredible years…and all new music, I think, from almost everybody in that category so, it’s a tough one.”

“But when I say that we’re honored, we really mean that,” she insisted. “I know it sounds trite, but it’s not.”

On Monday, Midland told ABC Audio that everyone in the CMA Vocal Group of the Year category — especially Little Big Town — should allow them to win because they’re the only nominees who’ve yet to do so. 

Are they the only ones who haven’t [won] in that CMA?” asked Karen. “Oh, well, they’re young. They’ve got time.”

“Would they remember it if they did win?” shot back Kimberly, before laughing, “We love them so much. We love those boys!” 

Tune in to the 53rd annual CMA Awards Wednesday night on ABC to see if Midland gets their way.

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