Monica performs at CMT Music Awards and confirms country album title

The 2022 CMT Music Awards took place last night (April 11) in Nashville, Tennessee. Among the performers on country music’s biggest night was Monica, who joined Jimmie Allen and Little Big Town for a live rendition of their “Pray” collaboration.

The legendary R&B singer took to the stage wearing an all-white ensemble, which she complemented with a western fringe jacket for the occasion. She spoke her first note after Allen had laid the foundations of his piano before joining her on the smoky platform.

Little Big Town stepped out of the shadows and connected their vocals with the two singers in what would truly be the catalyst for Monica’s early career in country music.

Monica graced a rush of flashing cameras in a black cut as she walked the red carpet at the CMT Music Awards ahead of her rousing set.

Between catching up with Nelly, rapper-turned-country superstar, Grammy-winning singer detailed her next country album when asked if she often visits Nashville.

“I’m working here on my country album, Open roads, executive produced by Brandi Carlile, which is incredibly amazing. So those things just lined up. God has been good to me,” Monica said.

Open roads is a passion project for Monica, who first talked about recording this record alongside Carlile last August in an interview with Billboard.

“I felt like it was the perfect time for me to really step into a field that I’ve always admired and loved,” she said. “We are just getting started, but I enjoyed it so much and was welcomed with open arms.”

Country album aside, Monica is still on track to release her long-awaited album. Trenches album.

Preceded by the title track assisted by Lil Baby, the sequel to code red was originally slated for a 2020 release and an early winter 2021 release before being postponed.

Monica confirmed the completion of Trenches last summer too. Following this update, she contributed a song to Yung Bleu’s No, I’m not fine EP and gave a concert for META.

Alongside Monica’s pending R&B album, Monica is gearing up to launch her oft-delayed Apple Music radio show Mo Talk.