CMT Music Awards 2021 sees Carrie Underwood and John Legend take house prime award, Chris Stapleton carry out

CMT Music Awards 2021 sees Carrie Underwood and John Legend take home top award, Chris Stapleton perform

2021-06-10 05:56:13

Carrie Underwood and John Legend took house the highest award on the Nation Music Tv (CMT) Music Awards Wednesday night.

The duo gained video of the yr for “Hallelujah.” Underwood, who prolonged her report as essentially the most adorned artist within the historical past of the CMT Music Awards, accepted the nod on her and Legend’s behalf. 

“Thanks followers! Thanks CMT!” Underwood mentioned. “You are the explanation we’re all right here doing what we do, doing what we love (and) making music movies.”

The 23-time CMT Music Award winner additionally shouted out Legend, significantly for sending her the music, which appeared on her first vacation album “My Present.” “Congratulations on what I believe is your first CMT Award. Whoa!” she exclaimed.

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The star-studded occasion kicked off from Nashville, Tenn., with a efficiency by Woman A. The trio was joined onstage by Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell. 

Ell stepped in after Gabby Barrett bowed out, citing “private circumstances.”

Cameras then took viewers to a farm the place Chris Stapleton carried out “Arkansas.” 

Following the 2 performances, hosts Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini took the stage. “After this yr … I am thirsty for a fantastic occasion,” Brown mentioned. 

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Charles Kelley of musical group Woman A, Carly Pearce, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood of musical group Woman A and Lindsay Ell carry out onstage on the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Area on June 09, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Picture by Erika Goldring/Getty Photos for CMT)

The primary award of the night time – group duo video of the yr – went to Little Huge City for “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.” 

“That is superior. To start with, we’re again and making music individuals,” Kimberly Schlapman yelled, referring to the pandemic.

“I do know you want consuming songs,” Karen Fairchild added.

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The award was introduced by Hint Adkins and Taylor Lewan of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, who poked enjoyable at nation music “lingo” by asking Adkins what a dobro, diminished fifth and bluegrass is – refuting the skilled’s solutions with foolish jokes.

Lewan informed Adkins {that a} diminished fifth was when a drinker has much less whiskey than they anticipated and {that a} dobro is a pal who eats an excessive amount of pizza.

Miranda Lambert performs for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Cedarwood Weddings in Nashville, Tenn. and broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Photo by John Shearer/2021 CMT Awards/Getty Images for CMT)

Miranda Lambert performs for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Cedarwood Weddings in Nashville, Tenn. and broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Picture by John Shearer/2021 CMT Awards/Getty Photos for CMT)

Hailey Whitters then took the stage to sing her hit “Fillin’ My Cup.” Miranda Lambert additionally carried out a stripped-down model of her hit “Tequila Does,” honoring her Texas roots. She sang round a campfire alongside Jon Randall and Jack Ingram. Luke Combs additionally carried out. 

The legendary Gladys Knight gained over viewers members — not sporting masks — throughout a efficiency of “Friendship Practice” with Mickey Guyton. A part of the present felt devoted to Black feminine voices due to the highest notch performances by Knight, H.E.R. and Guyton, who was nominated for 2 awards and introduced the CMT Equal Play Award to Linda Martell, one of many pioneering Black acts in nation music and the primary Black lady to carry out solo on the Grand Ole Opry.

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Martell did not attend the awards present however CMT aired images of the icon holding her award and mentioned she was watching the present from her house in South Carolina.

Comic Iliza Shlesinger took the stage subsequent to poke enjoyable at nation music lyrics, significantly from a number of the style’s prime feminine artists.

Carrie Underwood and NEEDTOBREATHE perform onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT)

Carrie Underwood and NEEDTOBREATHE carry out onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at The Bonnaroo Farm in Manchester, Tennessee broadcast on June 9, 2021. (Picture by John Shearer/Getty Photos for CMT)

She identified “violent” lyrics in songs from Underwood and Lambert, suggesting {that a} “CSI: Nashville” tv present be developed primarily based on songs like “Earlier than He Cheats.” The comment was a reference to the long-running CBS drama “CSI” and its spinoffs, which adopted crime scene investigators.

The star introduced the award for collaborative video of the yr, which was given to Chris Younger and Brown for his or her tune “Well-known Pals.”

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Later within the night, Stapleton and H.E.R. took the stage with a jaw-dropping collaboration. They joined forces for a smoky, thrilling efficiency of “Maintain On,” coming off like a veteran duo. One other breathtaking collab featured Underwood and rock band NEEDTOBREATHE. Luke Bryan additionally rocked the home along with his hit “Right down to One.”

H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton perform onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 09, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for CMT)

H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton carry out onstage for the 2021 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Area on June 09, 2021, in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Picture by Erika Goldring/Getty Photos for CMT)

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Each Maren Morris and Barrett have been initially set to carry out on the CMT Awards however backed out. Barrett gained feminine video of the yr and the perfect household characteristic award went to Taylor Swift’s “The Finest Day (Taylor’s Model),” which was re-released this yr and featured house motion pictures starring the pop star, her brother and oldsters.

The present closed out with a efficiency of “Well-known Pals” by Brown and Younger.

Fox Information’ Nate Day and The Related Press contributed to this report


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