How the CMA Awards' attempt to celebrate women in country music missed the mark

The q This music panel takes a look at this year's Country Music Association Awards, which took over Nashville on Wednesday night.
The CMA Awards kicked off with a powerful dose of women: artists singing across two stages included, from left, Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town, Sara Evans, Crystal Gayle, Jennifer Nettles, Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile and Natalie Hemby. (Terry Wyatt/Getty Images)

Every Friday, the q This panel looks at the biggest stories in music news. Today, host Tom Power is joined by journalists Sarah Boesveld and Jon Freeman to look at this year's Country Music Association Awards, which took over Nashville on Wednesday night.

Maren Morris had the most nominations going into the ceremony and ended up taking home album of the year for GIRL, but she was among the few female winners on a night that was meant to be a celebration of women in country music.

Our panel takes us through some of the other hits and misses from this year's CMA Awards, and also lays out the latest breaking story in Taylor Swift's high-profile feud over her master recordings.   

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