NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean had been the massive winners, the Judds reunited, and Kelsea Ballerini turned a troublesome break right into a one-woman home get together at Monday night time’s CMT music awards.
Underwood and Aldean received video of the 12 months and collaborative video of the 12 months for his or her duet “If I Didn’t Love You” on the present that makes use of fan votes to honor the most effective in nation music movies.
“This one’s all about the fans man,” Underwood mentioned as she accepted the belt-buckle CMT trophy for video of the 12 months, a document twenty fifth win for her.
“I’m pretty sure I picked the perfect partner for this song,” Aldean mentioned.
The Judds made their first main awards present efficiency in over 20 years, with 76-year-old Naomi and her 57-year-old daughter Wynonna singing their signature 1990 basic “Love Can Build a Bridge.”
They had been joined by a gospel choir within the efficiency that was pre-recorded exterior the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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The present from the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee made the most effective of the last-minute absence of co-host Kelsea Ballerini, who examined optimistic for COVID-19 just a few days earlier.
Her co-host, “Avengers” actor Anthony Mackie, took the stage alone at the beginning of the dwell CBS telecast and launched a “backup KB,” Kane Brown, to assist with internet hosting duties. Brown was additionally the night time’s most nominated artist however got here up empty.
But Ballerini would not be omitted. She appeared on an enormous display screen from dwelling, decked out in a full awards-show costume in her front room.
“This is my normal Monday night, in full glam, with lighting I set up myself, and a remote truck outside,” Ballerini mentioned. “I would so much rather be there with you, but I will be popping in all night long.”
Later within the present, Ballerini carried out from her yard, singing her new single “Heartfirst” alone with a white guitar whereas standing on the grass with pictures of her band projected on to a curtain hung behind her.
She made fixed costume modifications, showing in a brand new costume for every look and ending the night time in her pajamas.
Miranda Lambert received her eighth CMT award, for feminine video of the 12 months, for “If I Was a Cowboy,” which she additionally carried out.
“I am so happy to be a part of the women of country music today,” Lambert mentioned.
Cody Johnson received male video of the 12 months for ”′Til You Can’t.”
Maddie & Tae received finest group or duo video for “Woman You Got.” Tae Kerr, who not too long ago went by means of a tough being pregnant and untimely delivery, appeared on a display screen from dwelling throughout their acceptance, holding her new child.
“I’ve missed you, I’ve missed you so much, and I’ve been drinking because I’m so nervous,” Maddie Font said to her musical partner during an acceptance speech where she went from laughs to tears and back again. “Tell that baby girl I love her.”
At age 69, George Strait won his first ever CMT award, taking CMT performance of the year for “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone?” from “CMT Giants: Charley Pride’.”
Performances came fast and furious during the three hour show.
Keith Urban opened the telecast with his single “Wild Hearts,” followed immediately by the duet “Never Say Never” from Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson, who stepped out to the front of an outdoor stage to let the Nashville rain hit them as they sang.
Underwood sang her song “Ghost Story” in a pre-taped performance from her Las Vegas residency, taking flight mid-song Cirque du Soleil-style on a cloth swing hung from the ceiling.
Jimmie Allen, Monica and Little Big Town gave the first live performance of their collaboration “Pray.” All wore all white and stood on a smoke covered stage as inspirational images from the pandemic and the war in Ukraine were shown behind them.
The hosting change-up wasn’t the only hiccup the show faced: lightning forced the closure of the CMT’s pink carpet before most stars arrived to have their photos taken and be interviewed.
This story has been corrected to show that Underwood has won 25 CMT awards.
Dalton reported from Los Angeles.
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