The CMT Music Awards aired on Wednesday, and the night belonged to Carrie Underwood. The country singer walked away with three awards for Video of the Year (“Something in the Water”), Female Video of the Year (“Something in the Water”), and Collaborative Video of the Year (“Somethin’ Bad” with Miranda Lambert). During her acceptance speech, Underwood graciously thanked her loyal fans. “This is such an amazing blessing. I have the best fans in the world. I really do,” she said. Her appearance at the awards show is Underwood’s first since the birth of her son in February. Underwood stated that her bundle of joy has inspired her greatly, and she also thanked her husband Mike Fisher during one of her acceptance speeches.
Underwood has now earned 13 CMT music awards, becoming the artist with the most wins in the show’s history. The other winners of the night include the Male Video of the Year award that went to Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again,” Group Video of the Year- Lady Antebellum “Bartender,” Duo Video of the Year- Florida Georgia Line “Dirt,” CMT Performance of the Year- Bob Seger and Jason Aldean “Turn the Page” (CMT Crossroads), and Breakthrough Video of the Year- Sam Hunt “Leave the Night On.”
The awards show would have not been complete without its show-stopping performances from country music’s biggest stars. Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, and Carrie Underwood all graced the stage on Wednesday night. Urban performed a new song “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” and it is expected to be the first single from his upcoming album. Jake Owen also performed a new single, “Real Life,” for the country music audience. Kenny Chesney kept it fresh and fun by performing his hit song “American Kids.” Some of the nights other performers included Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Reba McEntire. The legendary Reba McEntire showed the audience why she’s one of the greatest country music artists on the planet, and she performed her smash “Going Out Like That.” The duo Florida Georgia Line played “Anything Goes,” while Zac Brown Band delivered a simple, yet entertaining performance of “Homegrown.”
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