CMT Music Awards: Underwood, McGraw Win Big - CNN TrendyVoice

9 June 2016

CMT Music Awards: Underwood, McGraw Win Big - CNN

According to CNN news, in the 1980s, the awards show that kicked off the
events of Fan Fair week was The Music City News
Awards. Regardless of what trends were happening
in the industry, the fans had their favorites -- and
most years it was The Statler Brothers.
Fast forward three decades, and Fan Fair is now the
CMA Music Festival, and the award show is now
hosted by CMT, with each awards show seemingly
devoted more and more to all-star multi-genre
collaborations. But, one thing hasn't changed -- the
fans still have their favorites. And, on a night where
hip and chic were sought after, the fans made their
choices clear in several of the categories for veteran
artists -- such as Carrie Underwood.
The Arista Nashville superstar added two more CMT
Music Awards to her collection last night, taking
home Female Video of the Year honors for "Smoke
Break." The song also netted the Grand Ole Opry star
an additional trophy for Performance of the Year from
the network's Instant Jam series. Another longtime
fan favorite, Tim McGraw, found himself back into the
winners' circle with the night's biggest prize, for
overall Video of the Year honors for "Humble and

But, there were other awards to be presented during
the evening's telecast, as well. Thomas Rhett took
home Male Video of the Year for "Die A Happy Man" --
for which he thanked his wife, Lauren -- the
inspiration for the song -- for appearing in the video.
Little Big Town added more hardware t their stash
with Group / Duo Video of the year for "Girl Crush,"
and Chris Stapleton won for his powerful "Fire Away."
But, perhaps the winner who was the most excited
was Blake Shelton, who won an award not for his
music per se, but rather for his contributions to the
viral world with a win as the 2016 Social Superstar of
the Year. Well known for his colorful Tweets, Shelton
quipped "I like to have a few drinks and get on
Twitter. I didn't know you could get paid for that."

CMT Music Awards 2016: See the full winners list
Performance-wise, Shelton enjoyed one of the night's
most well-received ovations with "Doing It To
Country Songs," a track from his new If I'm Honest
album, which featured The Oak Ridge Boys, who
closed out the performance with a chorus of their
1981 million-selling "Elvira." Underwood was in fine
form, as always, delivering a flawless performance of
her current single "Church Bells." Luke Bryan
provided one of the most traditional moments of the
evening with "Huntin,' Fishin,' and Lovin' Every Day,"
while Florida Georgia Line kept the crowd captivated
with their current hit "H.O.L.Y." As he usually does,
Chris Stapleton left fans wanting more after his

Among the collaborations, the best of the night was
Dierks Bentley and Elle King's performance of
"Different For Girls," while the melodic combination
of Cam and Fifth Harmony was one to remember, as
well. Keith Urban paired up with his touring mates,
Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris on "Wasted Time,"
which showed how Morris' confidence continues to
grow -- and how Eldredge is one step closer to the "A-
The night was hosted by Fox Sports personality Erin
Andrews and Houston Texans' defensive standout J.J.
Watt, who kept the tone light and funny, particularly
with an opening sequence that included Florida
Georgia Line, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Kellie Pickler.

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