A few members of a recent era of nation music — Jelly Roll and Lainey Wilson — got here away as the highest victors at Sunday night time’s CMT Music Awards, broadcast dwell from Austin for the primary time. However the greatest winners might have been CMT and CBS, placing the three-hour telecast on the map as a present filled with sufficient efficiency firepower that it does advantage having made the transfer from a cable platform to main broadcast premiere as of final 12 months.
Nonetheless a lot the official winners might delight a core nation crowd glad to see younger radio and streaming favorites get rewarded, the massive draw for the CBS viewers was seemingly a collection of collaborations between nation stars and their pop or rock counterparts, as has been the customized for years on the rival CMA Awards. Most notable have been the all-female collabs that had Carly Pearce dueting with Gwen Stefani on No Doubt’s “Only a Lady,” or Alanis Morissette buying and selling strains with a slate of younger feminine artists that included Lainey Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Morgan Wade and Madeline Edwards. The all-star teamings unfold to those that offered, too, with Megan Thee Stallion offering essentially the most enthusiastic introduction possible for “my new besty,” Shania Twain, choosing up the Equal Play award.
Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini served as co-hosts for a 3rd time. Brown and his spouse, Katelyn Brown, received just one award for his or her hit duet, “Thank God,” nevertheless it was for the massive one, video of the 12 months, as voted by followers over a interval of weeks that prolonged all the best way into mid-telecast.
Two artists have been a number of winners throughout or earlier than the telecast. A freshman artist, Jelly Roll, got here out on prime with three wins, for male video of the 12 months, breakthrough male of the 12 months and digital-first video for his churchy country-rock energy ballad, “Son of a Sinner.”
Lainey Wilson, who’s on her sophomore album, got here in second with two trophies — one for feminine video of the 12 months for her present No. 1 single within the format, “Coronary heart Like a Truck,” and one for collaborative video of the 12 months, for her featured look on a smash by an artist who shared within the award, Hardy, for the home abuse-themed “Wait within the Truck.”
Different winners included Cody Johnson, Zac Brown Band and Megan Moroney. See the total record of winners beneath.
A number of of the collaborations put a highlight on the tenth anniversary of CMT’s Subsequent Girls of Nation initiative. Wynonna Judd was additionally joined by Ashley McBryde for a tribute to the Judds’ hit cowl of Foreigner’s “I Wish to Know What Love Is.”
But it surely wasn’t all concerning the ladies. The present nearer was a tribute to the late Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd, which had Slash, ZZ Prime’s Billy GIbbons, Paul Rodgers, Warren Haynes, Chuck Leavell and nation’s new traditionalist Cody Johnson being joined by Judd and LeAnn Rimes. Earlier, in a definite nod to the host metropolis of Austin, Gary Clark Jr. was given a solo spot to pay tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan. And the Black Crowes have been joined by Darius Rucker, in a preview of the “CMT Crossroads” episode they filmed collectively in Austin earlier within the week.
Blake Shelton opened the telecast with one of many extra historically staged performances of the night time, joined by dancers doing line-dancing or two-stepping strikes throughout the zig-zaggy stage. Co-host Ballerini carried out with a quartet of dancers in vibrant ’50s/’60s attire and “Hairspray”-type ‘dos. The much-liked, Texas-based newcomer Johnson had essentially the most sedate and unenhanced efficiency of the night, taking part in acoustic guitar on a stool one of many prolonged ramps within the enviornment, removed from his band on the primary stage. Two segments, by Keith City and ex-Florida Georgia line member Tyler Hubbard, have been pre-recorded at an outside live performance with Austin’s capital constructing within the background.
Following its CBS premiere, the telecast is obtainable for streaming on-demand on Paramount+. On Thursday night time at 8 p.m. ET/PT, a model of the present with an additional 30-minutes added in will air on CMT.
See beneath for a gallery of red-carpet, on-stage and backstage appears that features Twain with Megan; Stefani together with her husband Blake Shelton; Carrie Underwood and plenty of different presenters and performers.
The complete record of CMT Music Award winners:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown – “Thank God”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Lainey Wilson – “Coronary heart Like a Truck”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jelly Roll – “Son of a Sinner”
GROUP/DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Zac Brown Band – “Out within the Center”
BREAKTHROUGH FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Megan Moroney – “Tennessee Orange”
BREAKTHROUGH MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Jelly Roll – “Son of a Sinner”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Hardy feat. Lainey Wilson – “Wait within the Truck”
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Cody Johnson – “‘Til You Can’t” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
CMT DIGITAL-FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (given out on crimson carpet)
Jelly Roll – “Son of a Sinner” (from CMT All Entry)