Carrie Underwood Extends Winning Streak At CMT Awards


Carrie Underwood prolonged her run as probably the most adorned act within the historical past of the CMT Music Awards along with her 20th win Wednesday night time.

Underwood received two prizes on the fan-voted present, together with video of the yr for “Cry Fairly” and feminine video of the yr for “Love Wins.”

“Followers, thanks a lot. I noticed you guys doing the Twitter events and getting collectively and doing all of your factor and voting,” she mentioned. “None of us would be capable of do any of what we do if not for you guys. You guys put us right here. You guys maintain us going. You guys allow us to stay out our goals.”

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When she received the primary televised award of the night time, Underwood acknowledged her husband’s birthday (she is married to former hockey participant Mike Fisher, who sat within the viewers).

“It’s my husband’s birthday in the present day — look what they obtained you,” she mentioned.

The Grammy-winning nation star additionally carried out on the present honoring the yr’s finest nation music movies, which came about on the Bridgestone Enviornment in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thomas Rhett, Little Massive City and Trombone Shorty kicked off the occasion with a efficiency of “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” Extra collaborative performances adopted: Brett Younger sang “Right here Tonight” with Boyz II Males, even mixing in a few of the R&B group’s “Water Runs Dry” for the efficiency. Sheryl Crow and Maren Morris teamed up onstage, whereas Tanya Tucker — whose new album might be produced by Brandi Carlile — sang “Delta Daybreak” with the Grammy-winning Americana singer, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Lauren Alaina and extra acts.

Jimi Westbrook, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Sweet, of Little Big Town, performed "The Daughter

Jimi Westbrook, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Phillip Candy, of Little Massive City, carried out “The Daughters” on the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday.

Little Massive City, who additionally carried out and returned for a second yr as hosts of the present, talked concerning the lack of feminine singers on nation radio forward of the sturdy feminine efficiency. On this week’s Billboard nation airplay chart — which tracks radio airplay — solely 10 of the 60 slots belong to ladies or songs co-starring a girl.

“Again in December it was even worse — there have been none,” Little Massive City’s Karen Fairchild mentioned. “Right here’s my query, girls in the home: ‘What do now we have to do to get some airplay round right here?’”

Little Massive City informed jokes on the prime of the present and even sang a few of “Outdated City Street,” the No. 1 country-rap hit from newcomer Lil Nas X that was booted from the Billboard nation songs chart when the tune was deemed not nation sufficient.

Dan + Shay — who received a Grammy this yr in addition to honors on the Academy of Nation Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards — stored their yr of profitable alive by taking residence duo video of the yr for “Speechless.”

Shay Mooney thanked “the true stars of the video” — their wives — once they accepted the award.

Zac Brown Band received group video of the yr for “Somebody I Used to Know” and its frontman was passionate as he learn his speech from a paper.

“For you younger artists, have braveness to face up in opposition to the machine, be your self, work laborious and sooner or later you possibly can get up right here and inform all of the haters to ‘(expletive) off,’” Zac Brown mentioned.

When Ashley McBryde received breakthrough video of the yr, she took a drink from Luke Combs as she walked to the stage.

“I’m at all times awkward and I normally deliver my drink with me, however I didn’t have a drink so I took Luke Combs’ drink,” mentioned McBryde, who scored Grammy and Emmy nominations this yr.

Keith City and Julia Michaels — the pop singer who has co-written hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and herself — received collaborative video of the yr for “Coming Dwelling,” whereas Kane Brown received male video of the yr for “Lose It.”

Luke Combs and R&B singer Leon Bridges — who received his first Grammy this yr — received CMT efficiency of the yr for “Lovely Loopy” from the sequence “CMT Crossroads.”

“First off, my lovely fiancé Nicole — thanks for uplifting this music,” Combs mentioned.

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