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Carrie Underwood Brings out Surprise Guest Joan Jett to Perform at the CMA Fest

Pedro Marrero
Jun 11, 2019
03:09 A.M.
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The country music star closed the 2019 Country Music Association Festival with a surprise duet with rock and roll diva Joan Jett, fulfilling one of her career dreams and giving an extraordinary performance.

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36-year-old singer Carrie Underwood might be famous as a contemporary country music queen, but she has a weakness for rock and roll, as her recent set alongside iconic female rockstar Joan Jett shows.

Underwood proved to be a big fan of the 60-year-old “I Love Rock n’ Roll” singer when she invited her to join her onstage to perform some of Jett’s most recognizable songs for the closing act of the 2019 CMA Fest.

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“Dreams come true at #CMAFest! This was mine. Just to be in the same room as @joanjett is really cool...to share the stage with her is indescribable!” the “American Idol” winner captioned an Instagram photo slide about the event.

“She truly is a legend and is probably the coolest person I have ever met. I was so proud to show her how amazing our CMA Fest crowd is! What a night!” Underwood added.

As of Underwood, she is currently in the middle of her Cry Pretty Tour 360. On the CMT awards, the mother-of-two won Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty,” securing her place as CMT’s most rewarded artist, with 20 awards so far.

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The unexpected duo revisited several of Jett’s classics, including “Bad Reputation,” “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Crimson and Clover,” and “Fresh Start,” to the audience’s delight.

Their CMA Fest joint appearance marks the second time Underwood and Jett get together for a live performance, as the two sung the NBC’s Sunday Night Football opening theme previously, a variation of Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You.”

Jett became known in the 70s due to the success of her all-girl punk band The Runaways, which she founded at the age of 15. The pioneering band released its first self-titled album in 1976, with the song “Cherry Bomb” becoming a hit.

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As successful as the band grew to be, the project was short-lived, and by 1979, the remaining members called it quits, prompting Jett to launch her solo career.

She went on to become the first female artist to own and control and independent record company, Blackheart Records, founded in 1980, before returning as a group act with “Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.”

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While her popularity decreased greatly during the 90s, she maintained a cult following, and she was brought back to the spotlight in 2001, when pop phenomenon Britney Spears covered “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” at the peak of her career.

In 2010, Floria Sigismondi wrote and directed “The Runaways,” a biopic that portrayed the early years of Jett’s career. She was played by actress Kristen Stewart.

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In 2015, Jett joined forces with Miley Cyrus to support the latter’s “Happy Hippie Foundation,” appearing in a series of recorded performances known as the Backyard Sessions.

Fans of ultimate fighting might recognize Jett’s song “Bad Reputation” from UFC and WWE star Ronda Rousey using it as her walkout music.

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Jett continues to perform with her band, and recently performed with iconic feminist punk band Bikini Kill in Brooklyn, singing their 1993 single “Rebel Girl.”

As of Underwood, she is currently in the middle of her Cry Pretty Tour 360. On the CMT awards, the mother-of-two won Video of the Year for “Cry Pretty,” securing her place as CMT’s most rewarded artist, with 20 awards so far.

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