Carrie Underwood dominates CMT Music Awards winning Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood dominates CMT Music Awards as she wins Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year … before Keith Urban tells wife Nicole Kidman ‘I wish you were here baby girl’ during sweet acceptance speech

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Carrie Underwood was the big winner at the 2019 CMT Awards Wednesday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, as she captured the awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, while pleasing the crowd with a passionate performance of her single Southbound. 

The 36-year-old singer won Female Video of the Year for her video Love Wins, beating out Brandi Carlile’s The Joke, Carlly Pearce’s Closer To You, Kacey Musgraves’ Space Cowboy, Kelsea Ballerini’s Miss Me More, Maren Morris’ GIRL and Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame. 

A surprised Underwood took to the stage wearing a sparkling mini-dress to accept her award from presenter Trisha Yearwood.

First win: The CMT Awards 2019 kicked off on Wednesday night in Nashville with Carrie Underwood, 36, winning the first award of the night, Female Video of the Year

‘Thank you so much fans, Oh my gosh,’ she began, before thanking the director of her video, Shane Drake. 

‘Shane Drake, thank you so much. It is my husband’s birthday today, look at what they got you,’ she said, as the crowd cheered.

‘God bless you guys thank you so much. Thank you CMT – ahh!’ Underwood concluded before heading off the stage. 

Underwood later emerged to perform her new summer single Southbound, as the fans in the crowd waved multicolored glow-sticks to add to the visual splendor of the star-driven performance. 

Warm embrace: The A-list songstress kissed her husband Mike Fisher after her initial win

Warm embrace: The A-list songstress kissed her husband Mike Fisher after her initial win

Beaming: The award-winning stunner thanked both her family and her fans in her acceptance speeches

Beaming: The award-winning stunner thanked both her family and her fans in her acceptance speeches 

CMT Winner: The 36-year-old singer won for her video Love Wins, beating out Brandi Carlile's The Joke, Carlly Pearce's Closer To You, Kacey Musgraves' Space Cowboy, Kelsea Ballerini's Miss Me More, Maren Morris' GIRL and Miranda Lambert's Keeper of the Flame

CMT Winner: The 36-year-old singer won for her video Love Wins, beating out Brandi Carlile’s The Joke, Carlly Pearce’s Closer To You, Kacey Musgraves’ Space Cowboy, Kelsea Ballerini’s Miss Me More, Maren Morris’ GIRL and Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame

Carrie and Trisha: A surprised Underwood took to the stage wearing a sparkling mini-dress to accept her award from presenter Trisha Yearwood

Carrie and Trisha: A surprised Underwood took to the stage wearing a sparkling mini-dress to accept her award from presenter Trisha Yearwood








Queen of the night: Carrie pleased the crowd with a passionate performance of her single Southbound.

Queen of the night: Carrie pleased the crowd with a passionate performance of her single Southbound.

Fit: The songstress showed off her sleek arms in a sleeveless ensemble with a skirt 

Sensational: The accomplished American Idol alum showed off her performing talent on the big night

Sensational: The accomplished American Idol alum showed off her performing talent on the big night

Eyeful: Fans in the crowd waved multicolored glow-sticks to add to the visual splendor of the star-driven performance

Eyeful: Fans in the crowd waved multicolored glow-sticks to add to the visual splendor of the star-driven performance 

Starlet: The entertainer looked amazing on the early summer evening in Music City

Starlet: The entertainer looked amazing on the early summer evening in Music City

Toward the end of the evening, she bested a talented quartet of competitors that included Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels for Coming Home, Kelsea Ballerini for Miss Me More, Luke Combs for She Got the Best of Me and Kane Brown for Good as You.

Underwood thanked her glam squad and fans as she accepted the honors for the prestigious honors.

‘You guys put us here,’ Underwood said. ‘You guys keep us going, you guys let us live out our dreams … I’m just glad to be in this family.’ 

Victory: Keith Urban and Julia Michaels won for their video Coming Home, with both thanking the fans in their speech

Victory: Keith Urban and Julia Michaels won for their video Coming Home, with both thanking the fans in their speech

Successful: The country music collaborators embraced as they accepted the award for their track

Successful: The country music collaborators embraced as they accepted the award for their track 

Keith Urban was also among the high-profile victors on the evening, as he claimed a big win, rocked the crowd with a live outing, and made sure to thank his spouse Nicole Kidman.

Urban and Julia Michaels won for their video Coming Home, beating out Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell’s What Happens In A Small Town, Darius Rucker feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley’s Straight To Hell, Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne’s Burning Man, Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert’s Drowns The Whiskey and Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift’s Babe.

Urban said during his acceptance speech for Collaborative Video Of The Year, ‘Thank you for the fans who voted for this video,’ also thanking Kidman, who was not on hand as she is working in New York Wednesday. He later delivered a spirited rendition of his song We Were.

Keith thanked Nicole in his speech, using her first and middle name: ‘My wife, Nicole Mary, who’s at home tonight. She’s working in New York, actually. I wish you were here, baby girl, I miss you.’ 








Showman: Urban delivered a spirited rendition of his song We Were at the annual ceremony

Showman: Urban delivered a spirited rendition of his song We Were at the annual ceremony

Lots of love: Urban thanked his A-list spouse Nicole Kidman, who was working in NYC on Wednesday

Lots of love: Urban thanked his A-list spouse Nicole Kidman, who was working in NYC on Wednesday 

The night kicked off with an opening performance by Little Big Town, Trombone Shorty and Thomas Rhett singing Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time. After that performance, they kicked it outside to Kane Brown who sang his hit song Short Skirt Weather.

Boyz II Men was a fan favorite as they took the stage with Brent Young as part of CMT Crossroads TV program with a mashup of Young’s Here Tonight and the R&B staple’s Water Runs Dry.

The show also included a pop cultural nod to the recently ended HBO series Game of Thrones – specifically, the coffee cup than inadvertently made it into a scene – as hosts Little Big Town called a nearby cup ‘the breakout star of Game of Thrones.’ 

Jordan Davis was featured on the Ram Truck Stage, singing Take It From Me, as he took the show to its first commercial break. 

Stalwarts: Boyz II Men took the stage with Brent Young as part of CMT Crossroads TV program

Stalwarts: Boyz II Men took the stage with Brent Young as part of CMT Crossroads TV program

Wink: The show also included a pop cultural nod to the recently ended HBO series Game of Thrones - specifically, the coffee cup than inadvertently made it into a scene - as hosts Little Big Town called a nearby cup 'the breakout star of Game of Thrones'

Wink: The show also included a pop cultural nod to the recently ended HBO series Game of Thrones – specifically, the coffee cup than inadvertently made it into a scene – as hosts Little Big Town called a nearby cup ‘the breakout star of Game of Thrones’








Zac Brown Band sang Someone I Used To Know, after which Jessie James Decker and Sarah Hyland came out to present Collaborative Video of the Year. 

Tennille Townes then performed Somebody’s Daughter on the Ram Trucks stage.   

Dan + Shay won for Duo Video of the Year, beating out Brothers Osborn’s I Don’t Remember Me (Before You), Florida Georgia Line’s Simple, LoCash’s Feels Like A Party, Maddie & Tae’s Friends Don’t and Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift’s Babe.  

Luke Bryan then took to the stage for a well-received rendition of his up-tempo song Knockin’ Boots, after which Toby Keith performed his new single That’s Country Bro with Cole Swindell, a historical retrospective listing off the legends of the genre. 

Kelsea Ballerini donned a red coat for a visually-enthralling rendition of her empowering anthem Miss Me More. 

Familiar faces: Toby Keith performed his new single That's Country Bro with Cole Swindell, a historical retrospective listing off the legends of the genre

Familiar faces: Toby Keith performed his new single That’s Country Bro with Cole Swindell, a historical retrospective listing off the legends of the genre 

Standout: Kelsea Ballerini donned a red coat for a visually-enthralling rendition of her empowering anthem Miss Me More

Standout: Kelsea Ballerini donned a red coat for a visually-enthralling rendition of her empowering anthem Miss Me More








Spirited: Luke Bryan took to the stage for a well-received rendition of his up-tempo song Knockin' Boots

Spirited: Luke Bryan took to the stage for a well-received rendition of his up-tempo song Knockin’ Boots

Ashley McBryde took home the honors for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her video for Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works). 

She was nominated in a field that against Jimmie Allen’s Best Shot, Jordan Davis’s Take It From Me, Mitchell Tenpenny’s Drunk Me, Whiskey Glasses by Morgan Wallen, Runaway June’s Buy My Own Drinks and Somebody’s Daughter by Tenille Townes. 

McBryde said in her acceptance speech: ‘We really didn’t expect this video to resonate the way it did … thank you CMT for giving us a shot and thank you [to the fans] for voting for it. Cheers to keeping music alive!’  

Darius Rucker introduced Little Big Town, who performed their song The Daughters.   

Zac Brown Band took home the Group Video of the Year for Someone I Used To Know. Their competition in the category included Eli Young Band for Love Ain’t, Lanco’s Born to Love You, Little Big Town for Summer Fever, Midland’s Burn Out and Old Dominion for Hotel Key. 

‘For you young artists, have courage to stand up against the machine … and one day, you can stand up here and tell all the haters to f*** off!’ Brown told the crowd in the band’s acceptance speech. 

Winner: Ashley McBryde took home the honors for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her video for Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works)

Winner: Ashley McBryde took home the honors for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her video for Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works)

Grateful: McBryde said in her acceptance speech: 'We really didn't expect this video to resonate the way it did ... thank you CMT for giving us a shot and thank you [to the fans] for voting for it'

Grateful: McBryde said in her acceptance speech: ‘We really didn’t expect this video to resonate the way it did … thank you CMT for giving us a shot and thank you [to the fans] for voting for it’

Queens of country: Maren Morris and Sheryl Crow then performed a duet of their song Prove You Wrong

Queens of country: Maren Morris and Sheryl Crow then performed a duet of their song Prove You Wrong

Stunning: The rock staple looked amazing in a casual ensemble as she took to the stage at the ceremony

Stunning: The rock staple looked amazing in a casual ensemble as she took to the stage at the ceremony 

A pair of performances followed, including Urban’s We Were, and Runaway June’s Buy My Own Drinks. 

Luke Combs and Leon Bridges were announced (by Bobby Bones and JWoww) as the CMT Performance of the Year winners for their collaboration of Beautiful Crazy on CMT Crossroads.

Combs and Bridges were nominated against, from CMT Crossroads, Boyz II Men and Brett Young for Motownphilly; Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes’s Keep Me In Mind; and Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor’s Let You Be Right. Nominees from 2018 CMT Artists of the Year were Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman; and Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Gladys Knight’s performance of I Can’t Make You Love Me and Help Me Make It Through the Night. 

Maren Morris and Sheryl Crow then performed a duet of their song Prove You Wrong.  

Dynamic duo: Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker wowed the crowd singing Delta Dawn at the show

Dynamic duo: Brandi Carlile and Tanya Tucker wowed the crowd singing Delta Dawn at the show  

Winning pair: Leon Bridges and Luke Combs were announced as the CMT Performance of the Year winners for their collaboration of Beautiful Crazy on CMT Crossroads

Winning pair: Leon Bridges and Luke Combs were announced as the CMT Performance of the Year winners for their collaboration of Beautiful Crazy on CMT Crossroads 

Triumphant: Kane Brown was the winner for Male Video of the Year for his song Lose It, with Toby Keith presenting

Triumphant: Kane Brown was the winner for Male Video of the Year for his song Lose It, with Toby Keith presenting 

Toby Keith introduced the winner for Male Video of the Year, captured by Kane Brown for his song Lose It.

He prevailed in a field that included Drowns The Whiskey from Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert; Cole Swindell’s Break Up in the End; Eric Church’s Desperate Man; Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes; Get Along from Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan for Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset.

Brown, in his acceptance speech, thanked his fans who have been behind him since his start as a young artist on Facebook. 

Dan and Shay took the stage to deliver their track All To Myself, while Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlisle wowed the crowd singing Delta Dawn. Luke Combs also performed, belting out his light-hearted Beer Never Broke My Heart.

Mitchell Tenpenny delivered his single Drunk Me, after which Maddie & Tae introduced Underwood as the Video of the Year.

2019 CMT Music Awards

 VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty

Kane Brown – Good as You

Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels – Coming Home

Kelsea Ballerini – Miss Me More

Luke Combs – She Got the Best of Me

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Kane Brown – Lose It 

Kenny Chesney – Get Along

Cole Swindell – Break Up in the End

Eric Church – Desperate Man

Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – Drowns The Whiskey

Luke Bryan – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset

Thomas Rhett – Life Changes

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Carrie Underwood – Love Wins

Brandi Carlile – The Joke

Carly Pearce – Closer To You

Kacey Musgraves – Space Cowboy

Kelsea Ballerini – Miss Me More

Maren Morris – GIRL

Miranda Lambert – Keeper of the Flame

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNERS: Dan + Shay – Speechless

Brothers Osborne – I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)

Florida Georgia Line – Simple

LoCash – Feels Like A Party

Maddie & Tae – Friends Don’t

Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – Babe

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Zac Brown Band – Someone I Used To Know

Eli Young Band – Love Ain’t

Lanco – Born to Love You

Little Big Town – Summer Fever

Midland – Burn Out

Old Dominion – Hotel Key

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNER: Ashley McBryde – Girl Goin’ Nowhere (At Marathon Music Works)

Jimmie Allen – Best Shot

Jordan Davis – Take It From Me

Mitchell Tenpenny – Drunk Me

Morgan Wallen – Whiskey Glasses

Runaway June – Buy My Own Drinks

Tenille Townes – Somebody’s Daughter

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

WINNERS: Keith Urban feat. Julia Michaels – Coming Home 

Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift – Babe 

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell – What Happens In A Small Town

Darius Rucker feat. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Charles Kelley – Straight To Hell

Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne – Burning Man

Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – Drowns The Whiskey

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 

WINNERS: Luke Combs and Leon Bridges – Beautiful Crazy (From CMT Crossroads)

Boyz II Men and Brett Young – Motownphilly (From CMT Crossroads) 

Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (From 2018 CMT Artists of the Year)

Brett Eldredge and Meghan Trainor – Let You Be Right (From CMT Crossroads)

Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Gladys Knight – I Can’t Make You Love Me and Help Me Make It Through the Night (From 2018 CMT Artists of the Year)

Zac Brown Band and Shawn Mendes – Keep Me In Mind (From CMT Crossroads) 

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