Little Big Town made some major waves at the 2019 ACM Awards. Band members Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook, Kimberly Schlapman, and Philip Sweet debuted their new single, “The Daughters,” and the performance was very polarizing.
Their latest release is a powerful ballad that comments on female empowerment. The chorus includes the following lyrics:
“Pose like a trophy on a shelf; dream for everyone but not yourself. I’ve heard of God, the Son and God, the Father, I’m still looking for a God for the daughters.”
dropped last week, and it starred Little Big Town and an array of young ballerinas. The ladies danced throughout an empty gym while Kimberly and Karen sang.
For the ACMs, the band basically replicated their music video. A group of girls performed behind the country music stars as they belted out the tune for the crowd. Karen even choked up at the end of the emotional performance.
Most were blown away by “The Daughters,” calling it “so beautiful.” One commented on the importance of the song, writing, “We need voices. We need change. We need equality.”
Others, however, found the refrain off-putting, with some even suggesting it’s “sacrilegious” or “pandering” for its political and religious undertones.
As for what “The Daughters” means to the song’s creators, it’s simple. ahead of the show, Kimberly said: “This song is about daughters and just teaching girls that… believe in yourself and you can do anything. Traditionally, women haven’t had the freedom to do everything maybe that they’ve always dreamed of—but we do.”
And as parents themselves, they find it important to share this story. “We’re just really proud of this song and what it says,” Philip said.