Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by Taylor Hill / Getty Images • June 8, 2017
If you're catching up on all the stuff that went down at last night's CMT Awards in Nashville's Music City Center in Tennessee, you've come to the right place. Here's a few things you should know about the country music celebration:
Keith Urban won the most awards of the night, taking home four prizes: male video, collaborative video, social superstar of the year and video of the year for "Blue Ain't Your Color."
Carrie Underwood, who performed with Urban, maintained her status as most-awarded artist in CMT history, with 17 awards. During the night, she won female video of the year for "Church Bells" and collaborative video for "The Fighter."
The performances spanned from a Gregg Allman tribute to a funky collaboration between Florida Georgia Line and The Chainsmokers. Check out all the performances below:
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban performed a pared-down version of their song, "The Fighter." With a healthy dose of fiddle and cello, Urban plucked out the somber melody on his guitar. Underwood served up soaring vocals for their call-and-response chorus, "What if I fall (I won't let you fall) / What if I cry (I'll never make you cry) / And if I get scared (I'll hold you tighter) / When they're tryna get to you, baby, I'll be the fighter." The slow-spun intro then busted into the disco-tinged "The Fighter" that we're used to, making it easier for those in the audience to bop along -- including Urban's wife Nicole Kidman, who got a lot of face time on camera during the performance.
Tucked away in The Chainsmokers' Memories: Do Not Open album is a little collaboration with Florida Georgia Line, which mixes the guys' smooth voices into an inspiring, ethereal atmosphere of music. The double duos took that song, "Last Day Alive," for a spin on top of Florida Georgia Line's Nashville restaurant, which just opened earlier this week. The performance ended epically with fireworks booming over the Nashville skyline.
Thomas Rhett blazed through his very poppy tune, "Craving You," which compares a partner's love to cigarette addiction. The nonchalant performance included some fire choreography from a team of Chicago-esque dancers behind Rhett, who twirled around chairs as Music City Center looked on.
Starting off the Gregg Allman tribute was Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley, who sang in three-part harmony to The Allman Brothers' "Midnight Rider." They later joined Derek Trucks, a later member of The Allman Brothers, who dished up a jamming guitar solo, giving Allman the true tribute that he deserved. It was a southern rock moment, and it served as a refreshing change of course.
Brett Eldredge popped onto stage from a trap door that launched him into the air for the beginning of "Somethin' I'm Good At." He stuck the landing, and bounded under the spotlight. A drumline flanked the sides of the stage as he wove in between the bandmembers. Near the end of the song, he started rapping about being a goofy guy, "I can't change the world, no I can't change a flat / If you give me your heart, girl, well, you may never get it back / You said you'd never smile again, but oh no, here it comes / Would you look at that? / I finally found somethin' I'm good at."
Blake Shelton is on The Voice for a reason -- it's because he has THE VOICE! Shelton showed off his smoky, hearty pipes on Wednesday night with "Every Time I Hear That Song," a melancholic tune about a former flame. The lyrics tug at your heart, and Shelton delivers them with the right kind of feeling: "There's something in the bittersweet / The feeling of a memory / Right there in the moment / All I ever wanted was you and me / We were crying, we were wasted / We were dying when they played it." Damn, Blake.
Miranda Lambert has always flaunted her girly side, and she reached peak feminine during the CMT Awards when she adorkably played her new song "Pink Sunglasses." The song is literally about finding a pair of pink sunglasses at the store, putting them on and feeling the world change around her. For the performance, audience members were given pink sunglasses to wear, and it was was sort of funny watching Darius Rucker and the guys from FGL nodding their heads while wearing something so, uh, fashionable.
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