New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
The loudest night in country music kicked it up a notch as the biggest stars in the genre and BEYOND took on NASHVILLE for the "2018 CMT Music
Awards." In a night of firsts, Blake
Shelton won his first-ever Video of the Year Award for "I'll Name The Dogs;" Little
Big Town hosted for the first-time; and Darius
Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Kelly
BigTown, Sam Hunt
and Backstreet Boys
seized the moment to debut new music for the first-time anywhere. A slew of new artists walked away with their first buckles, including Dan + Shay
(Duo Video of the Year), Carly Pearce(Breakthrough Video of the Year), Kane Brown
(Collaborative Video of the Year with Lauren
Alaina), Backstreet Boys
(CMT Performance of the Year with Florida Georgia Line) and Ludacris
(Female Video of the Year with Carrie Underwood). Carly Pearce and Kane Brown
won the first awards of their careers. Carrie Underwood's win for "Female Video of the Year" extends her record for most "CMT Music
Awards" wins with a grand total of 18.
The show kicked off with a star-studded tongue-in-cheek sendup that has the royal family in NASHVILLE to escape the prying paparazzi, only to find themselves engulfed in THE BACHELORETTE party capital of the country. The sketch featured Kelly
Ripa, Ryan Seacrest, hosts Little
Big Town, Blake
Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Midland, Dustin
Lynch, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Trace Adkins, Darius
Rucker (as the Queen, no less), and Florida Georgia Line
as Princes William and Harry.
Big Town got the crowd jumping with their first-ever live performance of the danceable "Summer Fever" surrounded by large gold orbs, while Blake
Shelton took to the rooftop of his new restaurant, Ole Red, in downtown NASHVILLE for an intimate performance of his hit "Turnin' Me On."
Bordered by a dramatic white curtain, Jason Aldean
delivered a stirring rendition of his hit "Drowns the Whiskey," while Kelsea Ballerini
offered a beautiful twist on love with her hit, "I Hate Love Songs."
and Brothers Osborne
shared the stage surrounded by fire for a hard-rocking version of Bentley's single, "Burning Man." Luke Bryan
performed his summer anthem "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" aptly at dusk on the crowd-filled outdoor stage.
Florida Georgia Line
turned the Bridgestone Arena
into a cozy backyard get-together with the first-ever-live performance of their new single "Simple," while Carrie Underwood
dazzled the audience with her soaring power ballad "Cry Pretty."
roamed the streets Nashville's famed Broadway before taking the outdoor stage in front of thousands of country music fans and fireworks for first-ever-performance of "Downtown's Dead," while Dan & Shay, in their first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS appearance, delivered a sobering sweeping rendition of their smash, "Tequila."
Chris Stapleton's unmistakably powerful voice boomed through the streets of downtown NASHVILLE for a priceless performance of "Millionaire," while pop royalty Backstreet Boys
got the entire house dancing with an electric first-time-ever performance of their new single, "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," proving that great music transcends genres.
Accompanied by an all-female choir, Kelly
Clarkson made her CMT MUSIC AWARDS debut by reclaiming the classic "American Woman
" as a fiery female-empowerment anthem from the forthcoming series "American Woman," starring Alicia Silverstone, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Bartles, premiering tomorrow night, Thursday, June 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Paramount Network.
The evening concluded with a bang as Darius
Rucker and The Troublemakers - Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan
and Charles Kelley - turned the Bridgestone Arena
into a local honky tonk with their first-ever-live performance of the seminal Drivin' N Cryin' classic, "Straight To Hell."
Furthering its commitment to new artists, CMT's Ram side-stage featured performances of CMT Next Women of Music
artists Carly Pearce and Lindsay
Ell, as well as CMT Listen Up Artists DevinDawson, LANCO
and Russell Dickerson.
The A-list roster of presenters from music, television and film includes Backstreet Boys, Brett
Bones, Carly Pearce,Chrissy Metz ("This Is Us
"), Cody Alan (Radio and TV Personality), Courtney Force (NHRA racing), Dustin
Lynch, Garrett Hedlund ("Mudbound," "Country Strong
"), Hoda Kotb ("NBC's TODAY"), Joel McHale ("The Joel McHale Show"), Jon Pardi, Kaitlin Doubleday ("Nashville"), Katie Cook (TV personality), Keith Urban, Lauren
Alaina, Leon Bridges, Lennon Stella
("Nashville"), Lindsey Vonn (US Ski Team), Luke Combs, Maisy Stella
("Nashville"), P.K. Subban (Nashville Predators), RaeLynn, Rascal Flatts
The winners of the 2018 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Blake
Shelton - "I'll Name The Dogs"
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Blake
Shelton -"I'll Name The Dogs"
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Carrie Underwood
- "The Champion
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Dan + Shay
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Little
Big Town - "When Someone Stops Loving You"
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Carly Pearce - "Every Little
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Kane Brown
Alaina - "What Ifs
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: From CMT Crossroads: Backstreet Boys
and Florida Georgia Line