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Carrie Underwood Showcasing Country Women With Upcoming Concert

Carrie Underwood attends the 2015 American Music Awards
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Carrie Underwood is aware of the lack of females on country radio, so she wanted to do something about it. When approached by the Academy of Country Music about being a part of their Party for a Cause, Underwood tells ACM Tempo magazine that she wanted to create a Women of Country concert.

“Whenever we were approached to do it, they were like, ‘Well, who do you want to have on the bill?’” she tells the magazine. “I was like, ‘Can we just ask girls?’ I just personally think that’s a more interesting bill because everybody is unique. Everybody has their own sound, their own look, their own kind of music, their own voice.”

Underwood is adamant about the need for more female showcases after controversy last year over comments made by radio consultant Keith Hill, who stated that women are just the tomatoes in the salad of country music and in order for ratings to increase, women should be kept off the airwaves.

“There are a lot [of women] right now just waiting for their chance,” Underwood asserts. “I refuse to believe that women don’t want to hear women. When we would start talking about potentially playing different shows, other people would talk about, ‘Oh, well, we kind of already have a girl on our roster.’ Or, ‘We already have a girl at the show so we can’t have another one.’ We’ve always been outnumbered by the boys.”

Underwood will host the Women of Country night on April 1 at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds. The remaining two evenings for ACM’s Party for a Cause will be hosted by Dierks Bentley and Kenny Chesney on April 2 and April 3, respectively.

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