Country singer Maren Morris won the Country Music Award for female vocalist of the year on Wednesday but took time out of her speech to give praises to a number of Black female artists who she said inspired her work. 

In her speech, she shouted out legendary Black country singers like Linda Martell, Yola, Mickey Guyton, Rissi Palmer, Brittney Spencer and Rhiannon Giddens.

"There are some names in my mind that I want to give recognition to because I'm just a fan of their music and they are as country as it gets, and I just want them all to know how much we love them back," she told the audience.

"There are so many amazing Black women that pioneered and continue to pioneer this genre and I know they're going to come after me, they came before me, but you've made this genre so, so beautiful. I hope you know that we see you. Thank you for making me so inspired as a singer in this genre," she added.