Martina McBride opened up about what it felt like to be honored by Carrie Underwood at the 55th Academy of Country Music awards. The iconic singer described the tribute as a real honor.
Carrie Underwood gave a stellar performance when she opened the 55th Academy of Country Music awards paying tribute to the trailblazers of country music. However, singer Martina McBride was particularly moved by the gesture.
During an interview with Hollywood Life, the "Concrete Angel" crooner gushed over Underwood and how special the tribute felt to her.
Carrie Underwood at the 54th Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 07, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images
McBride, who was honored alongside Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Barbara Mandrell, confessed that she elated to be a part of the lineup. Speaking about Underwood, she said:
"Carrie is such a great singer and performer. For her to choose me to be in that company is so, it's just a real honor and something really cool."
The "Jesus Take a Wheel" crooner cemented her status as a stellar performer as she sang a medley of the female country stars in commemoration of the 95th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry.
Dressed in an elegant maroon and nude gown with embellishments, Underwood gave a speech calling the country legends her heroes and thanking them for paving the way.
A riveting performance wasn't all that [Underwood] achieved at the award ceremony as she also took home the Entertainer of Year award.
She beautifully sang McBride's "A Broken Wing," Parton's "Why'd You Come in Here," Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough," McEntire's "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," and "Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool."
A snippet of the show-stopping performance was shared on Twitter and received over 4,700 likes. It showed the 37-year-old singing Parton's tune whose face was displayed on a large screen.
A riveting performance wasn't all that the mother-of-two achieved at the award ceremony as she also took home the Entertainer of Year award, tieing with singer Thomas Rhett.
The new feat broke the record, making them the first joint winners in history. It also made Underwood the first female to bag the award three times.
During her acceptance speech, the talented singer thanked God, her fans, the organizers of the award ceremony, and her team but failed to mention the most important people in her life, her husband, Mike Fisher, and their two sons Isaiah, 5, Jacob, 1. After the ceremony, the singer expressed her regret at omitting them in a virtual press conference, saying:
"First, I want to say that I'm a dummy for not mentioning my husband or my children in my acceptance speech."
However, Fisher, her husband of 10 years, didn't mind the omission as he proudly celebrated his wife's victory with a heartwarming post on Instagram.
McEntire also gave a shout out to the seven-time Grammy Award winner. When McBride's isn't releasing hit tunes worthy of award shows, she keeps busy with cooking.
In 2017, the 54-year-old revealed that the next thing that brings her joy after writing songs is cooking. She described it as her love language and disclosed that her favorite meal is chicken pot pie.