Blake takes home two trophies and Carrie extends her record at last night’s CMT Awards!
The CMT Music Awards took over Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, well actually much of Nashville, last night with Blake Shelton walking away the big winner, taking home two trophies, Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for “I’ll Name The Dogs.” Carrie Underwood was also a big winner, extending her record for the most CMT Music Award wins, now with 18. Carrie took home the trophy for Female Video of the Year for her song “Champions,” featuring Ludacris
Other winners included: Little Big Town, who nabbed Group Video of the Year for “When Someone Stops Loving You;” Dan + Shay, who won Duo Video of The Year for “Tequila;” Carly Pearce, who won Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Every Little Thing;” Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys, who nabbed CMT Performance of the Year and KaneBrown and Lauren Alaina who won Collaborative Video of the Year for “What Ifs,” which, as Kane pointed out, was the first award he’s ever won. Click here for a complete winners list.The show kicked off with sketch that featured Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest throwing to hosts Little Big Town who were as experts covering a Royals visit to Nashville, with lots of jokes about bachelorettes in Music City and cameos by Midland, Kelsea Ballerini, Jake Owen, John Pardi, Dustin Lynch, Florida GeorgiaLine (as Prince Harry and Prince Williams), Trace Adkins, and even DariusRucker, believe it or not, dressed as the Queen.Overall, LBT really just moved the show along, with the night featuring a lot of jokes about drinking, and a lot of outfit changes for Karen Fairchild and KimberlySchlapman.
Of course, what everyone tunes in for is the performances, and there were certainly plenty of them. Performances included:
Hosts Little Big Town opened the show with their just-released singer “Summer Fever,” getting everyone up on their feet and in the partying mood. Blake Shelton performed “Turn Me On” from the roof of his Old Red Bar in Nashville. Jason Aldean was bathed in blue and gold as he sang his somber ballad “Drowns The Whiskey.” Kelsea Ballerini started her performance of “I Hate Love Songs” alone with just her guitar before her band joined her on the second verse. Dierks Bentley and Brothers Osborne performed their new collaboration “Burning Man” for the first time, with, of course, fire burning behind them. Luke Bryan played his new single “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset” in front of a swaying crowd on Nashville’s Lower Broadway Florida Georgia Line then created an outdoor folksy setting indoors for their latest single “Simple.” Carrie Underwood was surrounded by strings and strings crystals for her latest performance of “Cry Pretty.” Sam Hunt had a pretty epic performance, going on a bar crawl down Broadway while performing his latest single “Downtown’s Dead,” before finally making it to the outdoor stage, with fireworks going off behind him. Dan + Shay had the audience singing along with them to their hit “Tequila.” Chris Stapleton and his amazing voice took to the outside stage to perform “Millionaire.” Backstreet Boys performed their brand new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” complete with their signature choreographed dance moves. Kelly Clarkson was joined on stage by a gospel choir for a powerhouse performance of The Guess Who’s classic “American Woman.” Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley, a.k.a. The Troublemakers, closed the show with “Straight to Hell.” Throughout the night the CMT Awards also highlighted some of today’s up and coming artists on the Ram Trucks Stage, including: LANCO, who performed “Greatest Love Story,” Lindsey Ell, who performed “Criminal,” Devin Dawson who performed “All on Me,” Russell Dickerson, who performed “Yours,” and Carly Pearce, who performed “Hide the Wine”