Carrie Underwood defended her title as the most decorated artist in CMT history on Wednesday night. The singing superstar took home two of the night’s biggest wins, Best Music Video by a Female and Best Music Video, bringing the total number wins throughout her career to an incredible 22 CMT Music Awards.Underwood’s “Drinking Alone” video earned the singer her latest two CMT Awards during the October 21 virtual show. Underwood thanked Country Music Television and her fans for their continued support throughout her career and for giving her something to celebrate in 2020. “Thank you, CMT, first and foremost for still having this night, still giving us all something to look forward to and still having fun even though we’re not all right there hanging out together like we usually are,” said Underwood while accepting her award for Best Female Video early in the evening. “Thank you fans so much for voting. I haven’t got to see you guys hardly at all this year. Stuff like this means so much to me and just lets me know you’re still doing what you do, which is just giving the love. And I hope you feel it right back from me, because you guys are so amazing. I don’t deserve you.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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