Carrie Underwood: queen of the CMT Music Awards?
Seems about right.
For the ninth time in his career and the eighth since 2010, Underwood has won first prize – Video of the Year – at the annual CMT Music Awards. Winner for “Hallelujah,” her collaboration with John Legend, she accepted the trophy on Wednesday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, where the show returned a year after COVID-19 derailed “normal” awards ceremonies “.
In his acceptance speech, Underwood congratulated the voters – the country music fans.
“Fans, thank you very much, fans,” Underwood said accepting the fan-voted award. “You’re the reason we’re all here, doing what we do, doing what we love. Making music videos.”
What else happened during the show? Read the highlights, celebrity collaborations with a beloved country legend and trips to Bonnaroo Farm.
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Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Gabby Barrett
Underwood wasn’t the only one with reason to smile at Bridgestone Arena. Co-host Kane Brown left downtown Nashville as the Most Award-Winning Artist of the Year at the CMT Music Awards.
Brown won Male Video of the Year for his single “Worship You” and Collaborative Video of the Year for Chris Young’s duo “Famous Friends”.
“He’s the most nervous I’ve been of all night,” Brown said as he took home his male video of the year award.
The 27-year-old focused his talk on family – not only his wife, Katelyn Jae, and their daughter, Kingsley Rose, but also “my working family for me, everyone in country music and all the fans. “.
First-time co-host Kelsea Ballerini also became a first-time CMT laureate. Her collaboration with pop star Halsey on last year’s show – “The Other Girl” – was named CMT Performance of the Year.
“After that performance last year, there was a lot of talk (about) categorically what genre this song did or didn’t fit,” Ballerini said from the stage. “And the fact that you voted for the winning performance tells me that you know where my roots are and that you know who I am. It also tells me that you hear music like music.… You like when people push back limits and explore their art. And as I make a new record, that means the absolute world to me. “
Country newcomer and former “American Idol” Gabby Barrett was also part of a wave of first-time winners, winning Girlfriend Video of the Year for “The Good Ones”.
Linda Martell gets her due
Linda Martell, an 80-year-old pioneer – who in 1969 was the first black female solo to perform at the Grand Ole Opry – was long recognized when CMT awarded her the annual Equal Play award.
In 1970, Martell released his debut album, “Color Me Country,” including the single “Color Him Father” – which peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the highest ranking for a black woman. in the history of the charts.
But his time in the limelight was short-lived. Martell retired from the world of country music in the mid-1970s.
Although under-recognized, Martell has not been forgotten. The new wave of black country music artists – including Mickey Guyton and Brown – sang her praises, and Rissi Palmer named her Apple Music Country show “Color Me Country” in her honor.
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The show paid tribute to Martell with a video montage starring Palmer, Underwood, Rhiannon Giddens, Darius Rucker and first Equal Play winner Jennifer Nettles; Guyton presented the award to Martell, who accepted it earlier this week from South Carolina.
“Hearing Linda sing shows very clearly that she had all the talent to be a big star, but her career was cut short for one reason only: the color of her skin,” Guyton said, adding: “The level playing field is crucial therefore the the next generation of women, like Linda, can thrive in this industry. ”
Guyton continued, “I wouldn’t be here today without you, and none of us would be here without. So thank you, thank you, thank you.”
SHE kills with Chris Stapleton
Collaborations took center stage as country music shifted to rock, pop and soul on Wednesday night’s show.
The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter HER called on Chris Stapleton for an exceptional rendition of the old man’s song “Hold On”, which saw the artists trade guitar strokes and share lines in the song. rising chorus.
Earlier on the show, Ballerini and Paul Klein of alternative rock group LANY shared the duo’s TV debut “I Quit Drinking”. Guyton joined newcomer Breland for a performance of his single “Cross Country” before welcoming Soul Empress Gladys Knight to sing “Friendship Train”, a highlight of the show.
And, of course, country artists clashed on stage. Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and Jon Randall took viewers to the edge of the camp for a photo of “Tequila Does”; the show traveled to Harlinsdale Park in Franklin for “Getting Over Him” with Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi; and Young joined Brown to close the show with “Famous Friends”.
Down in the farm
Like last year, the CMT Music Awards took viewers on a musical journey through Middle Tennessee – including a handful of performances from Great Stage Park, AKA the Bonnaroo Farm, in Manchester.
Drone footage showed the vast farm as Chris Stapleton performed a roaring rendition of the 2020 track “Arkansas.” The show returned to Manchester for a collaboration of the Osborne brothers and Dierks Bentley of the latter’s casual jam “Lighten Up” (with a scene full of Roo memorabilia) before making one last trip to Coffee County for a collaboration with Underwood. and Christian Outfit NEED TO BREATHE.
Around Nashville, the show took viewers to the top of 5th + Broadway for performances by Luke Combs and Luke Bryan, respectively, as well as the rooftop bar of Midtown White Limozeen for a memorable “Lady Like” / “Like medley. That “by Ingrid Andress and pop artist JP Saxe.
Taylor Swift wins out of scope
Quiz, Swifties: When was the last time Taylor Swift won a CMT Music Award?
Answer: In 2011, she won the Video of the Year award for her single “Mine” during the “Speak Now” era (who else remembers Swift singing in a forest of memories during the video? Throwback!).
Swift returned to the winner’s column – albeit virtually – on Wednesday night, taking home the “Best Family Movie” award for her endearing video “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)”. winner Wednesday online before the show.
“I LOVE YOU MOM,” Swift tweeted Wednesday after winning the award.