1. SOUNDBITE (English) Carrie Underwood, recording artist, on barriers to women in country:
"I feel like we've been having this conversation for a long time. I feel like it's not a new problem. I feel like women in country music have always been underrepresented. It's not for a lack of talent. It's not for a lack of hard work because I know how hard each one of these ladies works and we have to work harder than everybody else. Which we're all up for it, you know what I mean. I don't know. I hope it gets better. I hope people keep talking about it. I hope more things like this happen. I hope more doors get opened for more of the talented people because I want little girls like I was to be able to see us and say, 'I want to do that.' And I want that to be possible for them."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Maren Morris, recording artist, on the myth that female fans don't want to hear a lot of female artists on the radio:
"I think that's a swept under the rug fear tactic. I don't think it's real. I don't think any woman has said out loud, at least to me, 'I don't like to listen to women.' I think that's so ridiculous. I think in order to have a really human experience, you need to have an equal perspective coming out of your speakers in your car."
Brandi Carlile, recording artist:
"It's interesting. I want to hear your perspective; do you think men like to listen to women's music?
Ryan Hurd, recording artist:
"I mean, I grew up listening to you. I've seen you at this very venue and I have seen you at the theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame. I just think whoever came up with that and is looking at this research or whatever it is, maybe we need a different way to do research."
"Never trust polling."
"I have never heard anybody just say flat out 'I don't like listening to women."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Trisha Yearwood, recording artist, on struggles for women in country music:
"I think in a way it is easier for a woman to be whoever she wants to be in music now than it was even 27 years ago when my first single came out. But it's still hard to get … There's a barrier when it comes to radio and programmers who think we just played a girl, we gotta play four guys before we play a girl again. There's that kind of stuff that makes no sense that is still a struggle."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Hillary Scott, recording artist, on being honored:
"My little girl, my oldest, is here tonight and she's watching and looks and sees that she can dream as big and there's nothing about herself that she needs to make smaller. She can dream as big and as far and wide as she can possibly can."