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Little Big Town Moves the ACMs to Tears With an Emotional Performance of “The Daughters”

Academy of Country Music Awards host Reba McEntire wasn’t the only woman to call out country music’s glaring gender imbalance at the big show on Sunday night; Little Big Town turned their entire performance of “The Daughters” into a bold, emotional statement calling for change.

Dressed in matching all-white outfits, the quartet performed their new ballad that uplifts young women by calling out the burdens they’re are so often forced to carry by society. As the band belted out lyrics like, “And pose like a trophy on a shelf / Dream for everyone but not yourself,” and “I’ve heard of God the Son and God the Father / I’m still looking for a God for the daughters,” they were joined by a female contemporary dance troupe who showed off a stunning routine that perfectly represented the song’s message.

Toward the end of Little Big Town’s performance, singer Karen Fairchild got choked up, struggling to hold back her tears as she sang. In the audience, musician Brandi Carlile was also openly emotional, wiping away her tears as the band finished up the track. Watch their performance of “The Daughters” for yourself ahead, and then keep reading to see some beautiful photos of the band with the dancers who accompanied their set.