For those who missed it last night, the CMT Music Awards had a few more twists than a typical the Country Music award show. In particular, a heavy “ladies night” flavor was added to the proceedings thanks to the hosting of Kristen Bell and a slew of female centric performances. Bell practically called out the male skewed industry, calling it a “sausage fest”. Bell even took to wearing a fake mustache and cowboy hat to “better fit in” with the Country scene.
Cross-appeal was high on the list for the producers as Non-Country singer John Legend wowed audiences with a performance of “All of Me” with assistance from Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes. As well. The one to take home the Best Performance Award was also a non-country singer in Lionel Ritchie for “All Night Long”. Ritchie sang it in duet form with Luke Bryan who intercut his own song “Oh No” into Ritchie’s classic. Bryan felt right at home working off the pop hit as he is known for experimenting in other genres than country. In fact, his recent tumble off the stage was during a cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s Can’t Hold Us.
With so many electric performance the awards seemed perfunctory. That being said, Carrie Underwood scored her third straight Video of the Year Award for “See You Again” while her buddy and fellow awards dominator Miranda Lambert snagged her fifth straight Female Video of the Year for “Automatic”. Lambert’s husband Blake Shelton took home the Male Video of the Year for “Doing What She Likes”, allowing the two to leave the awards solidified as the biggest power couple in Country music. Luke Bryan took two awards home for his assists on the aforementioned Lionel Ritchie performance and for Florida Georgia Line’s “This is How We Roll”
The very young group The Band Perry took home best group video for “Done”. The Band Perry has enjoyed exposure across all demographics thanks to their song “When I Die Young”. Finally, Cassadee Pope took home the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award, upsetting favorite Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy”.
Overall, the awards show gained respectable ratings but was hurt by being aired opposite The NBA Conference Finals and the first game of the Stanley Cup Finals, the latter of which went into overtime. Hopefully, the awards show will have better luck next time with scheduling.