Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean in Spotlight at CMT Awards
Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean were both in the spotlight at last night’s CMT Awards.
Underwood was the only multiple winner at the fan voted awards show, picking up the night’s highest award, Video of the Year, for her song “Good Girl.” She also won for collaboration of the year for her song “Remind Me” with Brad Paisley. The two wins give Underwood nine total CMT belt buckles since 2006, a feat only matched by Taylor Swift over the same period. Underwood thanked her fans for the honor.
“They’re the ones in control,” she said. “I have a really active fan base. The people who come to my concerts and support me, they really get out and they do stuff. They vote. Any polls or any awards show, anything that they have control of, they’re all about it.”
Jason Aldean’s win was notable because it was the first time he has won a CMT Award, though he has been nominated multiple times in the past. He won for performance of the year for his songs “Tattoos on This Town.”
Another big winner was Luke Bryan, who took the award for male video of the year for “I Don’t Want This Night To End” away from some long-time heavy hitters on the country scene.
“When you’re at this level of what we do as singers, and your fans vote, it speaks huge volumes and it’s crazy to be fan-voted for an award and win it,” Bryan said.
Of course, the night was filled with notable performances as well as award presentations. Willie Nelson showed up to perform his new song “Roll Me Up.” Nelson was joined onstage by Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker, Zac Brown Band and Toby Keith to perform the song. Keith also co-hosted the event along with actress Kristen Bell.