Underwood returned to the broadcast later in the evening, taking home the top award for Video of the Year, a category she won in 2013 with “Blown Away,” in 2014 with “See You Again,” 2015 with “Something in the Water” and most recently in 2019 with “Cry Pretty.”
Major congrats to @carrieunderwood on winning Female Video of the Year #CMTawards ? pic.twitter.com/XEW3MpUHyE— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
Underwood wasn’t the only big winner during Wednesday night's broadcast. Jennifer Nettles, who has been advocating for equal radio play for female country artists, became the first recipient of the Equal Play Award. “Thank you to all the fans, and especially all the artists, my sisters out there, who continue to burn the holy fire,” said Nettles. “I am so proud to be a part of this legacy of women in country music with you, and I am so proud of the stories that we tell.”
Wow! You voted and our girl @carrieunderwood takes home the trophy for Video of the Year at the #CMTawards! pic.twitter.com/1YARCoG1tv— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
Rock and pop singer Gwen Stefani took home her first CMT Music Award on Wednesday night, winning Collaborative Video of the Year for “Nobody But You” along with boyfriend Blake Shelton. The Voice coaches appeared together to accept their award, with Shelton joking that he had assumed the duo had no chance of beating Dan + Shay, who worked with Justin Bieber on their single “10,000 Hours.” “Thank you so much, first of all, to the fans. I really do believe that these awards shows are beginning to lose credibility over the last few years, and fan-voted awards to me are really the only stand-up awards shows left in our industry it feels like sometimes,” said Shelton. “Because you guys are the ones who buy the records, you come to the shows, and you vote on all these things. We love y’all so much.”
.@JenniferNettles you are a FORCE and SO deserving of this #CMTEqualPlay award ? ? ? #CMTawards pic.twitter.com/R6d8hYJrP4— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
Even though this year’s CMT Music Awards looked much different from previous shows, the night was still packed with high-energy performances. Canadian superstar Shania Twain performed her massive 1995 single “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under.”
The #CMTaward for Collaborative Video of the Year goes to @blakeshelton & @gwenstefani! ?? pic.twitter.com/vQyIqxOrki— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey made their debut TV performance of their new duet “The Other Girl,” invoking some Coyote Ugly vibes and scoring a big fan in Reese Witherspoon.
SPEECHLESS after country legend @ShaniaTwain just rocked the #CMTawards stage! ? pic.twitter.com/EKorNkqQbi— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
Noah Cyrus brought the family name back to the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, performing her song “This Is Us” with her duet partner Jimmie Allen. Wearing a sheer bodysuit topped with a bedazzled cowboy hat, Cyrus was a little bit Miley and a little bit Billy Ray during her latest CMT appearance.
THIS DUO. ???✨ If y’all need a third member I’m available.... @halsey @KelseaBallerini https://t.co/hogiwgY4Qf— Reese Witherspoon (@ReeseW) October 22, 2020
Former country artist Taylor Swift also returned to the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday and presented Gabby Barrett with the Breakthrough Video of the Year Award for her track “I Hope.” Swift herself won the same category 13 years ago when she was 17 with her single “Tim McGraw.”
.@JimmieAllen and @noahcyrus showed they're a total power duo with their performance of “This Is Us" at the 2020 #CMTAwards ? pic.twitter.com/bNu7bLNLD3— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020
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When @taylorswift13 presents you with the Breakthrough Video of the Year award ? ? ? @GabbyBarrett_ #CMTawards pic.twitter.com/MyVOEwgOsI— CMT (@CMT) October 22, 2020