CMT reveals “Next Women of Country” class of 2024

CMT has revealed the 14 new artists named in its 2024 class of the CMT Next Women of Country franchise, the brand’s effort to support and promote developing female talent as part of its overarching CMT Equal Play initiative encouraging parity in the format. The program recently marked its milestone 10th anniversary last year, solidifying its stature as one of the longest-running, leading female discovery platforms in country music.

The CMT Next Women of Country: Class of 2024 includes:

Anne Wilson
Ella Langley
Emily Ann Roberts
Karley Scott Collins
Kylie Frey
Lauren Watkins
Madeline Merlo
Mae Estes
Tanner Adell
The Castellows
Tigirlily Gold


New this year, NWOC will join forces with female singer-songwriter collective Song Suffragettes for a first time, year-long partnership. Together with Change The Conversation and The Change Agent·cy, the joint effort will pursue industry education opportunities together in a continued effort to advance women in country music.


Again this year, CMT Hot 20 Countdown will dedicate an entire three-hour special episode to celebrating the new class of CMT Next Women of Country, introducing the class of 2024 with exclusive interviews and performance clips from each inductee.


“It’s an honour and a privilege to welcome this latest group of artists to CMT’s Next Women of Country,” said Leslie Fram, SVP, Music & Talent, CMT. “For the past 10 years, this franchise has represented the best and brightest new talent in all of country music and this year is no exception. From the UK and Canada to California and the deep South, these women all have their own unique stories to tell and we can’t wait to introduce them to CMT audiences in creative and meaningful ways.”

Fram continued: “And in the spirit of providing greater opportunities and visibility for female voices in our format, we’re thrilled to join hands and partner with our friends at notable singer-songwriter collective, Song Suffragettes, to work together towards our collective goal: greater parity for underrepresented female voices in our format. We look forward to collaborating with Todd Cassetty and his team to ensure that more talented women like these are given the opportunities they deserve to be seen and heard worldwide by our industry and fans.”


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