Carrie Underwood was the big winner at last night's (Wednesday, June 5th) fan-voted CMT Music Awards, taking home two trophies for Female Video for "Love Wins" and overall Video of the Year for "Cry Pretty." She also turned in an award-worthy performance of her new single, "Southbound," live from outside The Parthenon in Nashville surrounded by screaming fans.
This year's CMT Awards boasted more performances than any show before, which included Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett opening the show with a collaboration on "Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time," a song they recorded for Thomas' brand new album, Center Point Road; Sheryl Crow and Maren Morris dueting on Sheryl's new single, "Prove You Wrong'; Tanya Tucker, Brandi Carlile, Trisha Yearwood, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce, Martina McBride, RaeLynn and Deana Carter joining Tanya on her hit song "Delta Dawn"; Keith Urban taking on his new single "We Were"; and Luke Combs closing the show with "Beer Never Broke My Heart."
The CMT Awards, hosted by Little Big Town, serves as the unofficial kickoff to CMA Music Fest, which gets underway today (Thursday, June 6th) in downtown Music City.
Here is the complete list of 2019 CMT Music Awards winners:
Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty"
Male Video of the Year: Kane Brown "Lose It"
Collaborative Video of the Year: Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels "Coming Home"
Female Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood "Love Wins"
Group Video of the Year: Zac Brown Band "Someone I Used To Know"
Duo Video of the Year: Dan + Shay "Speechless"
Breakthrough Video of the Year: Ashley McBryde "Girl Goin' Nowhere"
CMT Performance of the Year: Luke Combs, Leon Bridges "Beautiful Crazy"
In clip one, Carrie Underwood accepts the Video of the Year Award.
["Everybody that worked on the Cry Pretty video, this is one that was very near and dear to my heart and very important to me. My glam squad for the video on carpet, you know who you are. Thank you so much for all that you do for me. Fans. Thank you so much. I saw you guys. I saw you guys doing the Twitter parties and, like, getting together and doing your thing and voting. None of us would be able to do any of what we do if it's not for you guys. You guys put us here. You guys keep us going. You guys let us live out our dreams and I hope that we can give a fraction of that back to you every once in a while.So thank you so much. God bless you guys. CMT, thank you so much. All the other artists that performed you guys looked, sounded amazing. I'm just glad to be in this family. I'm just talking now. Thank you so much. Thank you, fans."] SOUNDCUE (1:00 OC: . . .Thank you, fans.)
In clip two, Dan and Shay accept the Duo Video of the Year Award.
["Wow. This is absolutely crazy, man. I remember Dan and I coming to this award, I think we snuck in a couple times. I just want to thank God for the opportunity to be able to be up here and to wake up next to the real stars of the video, our wives over here. Hannah and Abby. Y'all give it up for them. We have a lot of great people in our lives and a lot of people that made this happen and we're so thankful to be standing here on this stage. Thank you, guys, to the fans. This is absolutely incredible."] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . .This is absolutely incredible.)
In clip three, Zac Brown Band accept the Group Video Award.
["We're so grateful that… We get our award every night when we get to show up and do what we love. And no one has ever owned enough of our career to give us their trophies and accolades but that's not how we measure our success. This award is for all of you, my band, and all the outsiders that waited through everyone's doubts. For you young artists, have the courage to stand up against the machine, be yourself, work hard and one day you can stand up here and tell all the haters to… off."] SOUNDCUE (:33 OC: . . .all the haters to… off.)