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Little Big Town Honor Martina McBride With Rendition of ‘Independence Day’ During ‘ACM Girls Night Out’

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The parade of cross-pollinating tribute performances from Friday night’s telecast of ‘Girls Night Out’ continued with Little Big Town giving a big nod to Martina McBride by performing her hit ‘Independence Day.’

‘Here’s one of our very favorite Martina McBride songs,’ Little Big Town singer Karen Fairchild announced before the group turned their lively four-part harmonies loose on the song, backed only by band member Phillip Sweet’s acoustic guitar. The performance immediately got Sugarland‘s Jennifer Nettles and many others in the crowd singing along.

“We could honor this next performer for so many things,” the band’s Jimi Westbrook said. “Her chart-topping albums, sold out concert tours, or having one of the most spectacular voices ever in the world.” He wasn’t just being nice, either. Besides being one of the top grossing country artists ever, McBride is a three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year winner.

“But tonight,” Kimberly Schlapman chimed in, “We honor her for using her music and star power to raise awareness of social issues that affect people everywhere.” Considering that, it was certainly appropriate for Little Big Town to perform ‘Independence Day,’ a song that deals with the issue of domestic abuse.  McBride is known for her work with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, among many other charities.

Watch Little Big Town Cover Martina McBride’s ‘Independence Day’

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