Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 CMT Awards brought out many of the greatest contemporary and legendary artists who celebrated the nominations and wins during this year’s country music celebration.
Among the night’s biggest moments included Carrie Underwood whose song “Hallelujah” helped extend her record as the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history. The singer’s blockbuster song video, featuring John Legend, took home video of the year honors. Expressing profound gratitude to her devoted fans, the former American Idol and now 23 CMT award-winner said, “You’re the reason we’re all here doing what we do, doing what we love (and) making music videos.” In addition to her latest take home, Underwood performed “Need To Breathe”.
The featured performer for the show’s opener from the roof of his new Lower Broadway bar, Ole Red, Blake Shelton sang “Turn Me On,” a song from his current album “Texoma Shore.” “I still can’t believe I’ve been making records for 18 years,” Gwen Stefani’s soon-to-be husband remarked. “I’m fortunate that they were accepted by the fans and that they were played on the radio. It’s incredible to be seated with the emerging generation of country singers.”
One of the most memorable moments this years CMT Awards show was a duet between the legendary Gladys Knight and newcomer Mickey Guyton who sand “Friendship” with BRELAND
Here’s a list of 2021 CMT Music Award winners:
Video of the year: Carrie Underwood and John Legend, “Hallelujah”, Female video of the year: Gabby Barrett, “The Good Ones”, Male video of the year: Kane Brown, “Worship You”, Duo/group video of the year: Little Big Town, “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”, Breakthrough video of the year: Dylan Scott, “Nobody”, Collaborative video of the year: Chris Young and Kane Brown, “Famous Friends”, CMT performance of the year: Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey, “The Other Girl” (from the 2020 CMT Music Awards), Best family feature: Taylor Swift, “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)”, CMT Equal Play Award: Linda Martell.