You deserve to be heard. I could’ve ended this post right there, but that wouldn’t summarize the spirit of the CMT Music Awards. Since 2002 Country Music Television has let FANS and FANS ONLY vote on their favorite new country music videos of the year, and their big shindig in Nashville last night was no exception, with all the pageantry and luster of everything that’s awesome about country music! Here’s what happened:
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”
This one was hardly a surprise. Queen Carrie has won this category 7 friggin’ times since 2002. She was more than appreciative for her win, thanking everyone who worked on the video and especially the fans, who she credited for holding Twitter parties and voting.
“If it wasn’t for you, none of us would be able to do any of what we do!”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Kane Brown “Lose It”
He also ROCKED an early performance with his new single “Short Skirt Weather” while it was 84°!
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Dan & Shay “Speechless”
Shay Mooney and Dan Smyers had some serious competition for hardware this year, beating out Florida Georgia Line’s “Simple” and “Babe“, the duo by Sugarland and Taylor Swift. This is the 2nd year in a row D&S have taken this award home, after winning it last year with “Tequila“, a song I’m sure you could sing in your sleep!
They also performed their song “All To Myself” outside near the end of the show, to a rousing crowd that sang along to every word:
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Zac Brown Band “Someone I Used To Know”
Zac Brown and the band gathered onstage to accept the award, but their acceptance was highlighted by Zac dropping an f-bomb in an inspirational message to artists that haven’t yet been on that stage:
“…This award is for all of you out there, my band and all the outsiders that waded through everyone’s doubt. For all you young artists, have 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 F*** off.”
— CMT (@CMT) June 6, 2019
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Ashley McBryde “Girl Goin’ Nowhere”
A woman who Eric Church famously dubbed “a whiskey drinking badass“, Ashley McBryde deserved this win. She was nominated for a Grammy earlier this year for her “Girl Goin Nowhere” album, but lost to show-stealer Kacey Musgraves. Ashley also performed at this year’s show, singing her winning song and taking in every moment during an emotional performance:
I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING!!!
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Carrie Underwood, “Love Wins”
This one WAS a little shocking. Not that Carrie won, but that it was for “Love Wins” rather than the video that won her Video Of The Year. She did beat out some well-qualified candidates for the award, beating out Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves as well as rising superstars Maren Morris and Kelsea Ballerini.
Oh well, she looks better with every piece of hardware!
Thank you so much, FANS and @cmt for these gorgeous #CMTAwards ! Thank you, @R_StNicholas for sharing your incredible creative vision and talents with me! #CryPretty And thanks @shanedrake for the crazy awesome energy you bring to video… https://t.co/oD4sjoFsZa pic.twitter.com/4S1AzZNE19
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) June 6, 2019
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Keith Urban & Julia Michaels “Coming Home”
Keith isn’t a stranger to this category. He’s now won it 3 TIMES: for the 2009 “Start A Band” with Brad Paisley, and in 2017 with Queen Carrie for “The Fighter“. This video did lose to Carrie for Video Of The Year, but Keith looks darn pleased to be coming home with anything!
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) June 6, 2019
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Luke Combs & Leon Bridges “Beautiful Crazy”
The majority of nominees (and past winners) have been from CMT “Crossroads” performances. This year the fans voted that lovable Luke Combs should get some love for his duet with up-and-coming soul singer Leon Bridges.
— CMT (@CMT) June 6, 2019
Luke also closed out the show with raucous new single “Beer Never Broke My Heart”
When all the stars are out like this, it’s hard to think about returning to the daily grind without them. Fortunately, 98.9 The BULL has got your back when they all come to the PNW this summer! Thanks for making it this far down the page!
-Ben from the AfterParty