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Carrie Underwood breaks her own record as she wins 22nd CMT Award while Taylor Swift presents

Carrie Underwood was a big winner at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Taylor Swift presented an award she won more than a decade ago.

Underwood, 37, singer won video of the year and best female video for Drinking Alone, marking a record 22nd win at the award show.

‘Oh my gosh, thank you so much,’ Underwood said in an acceptance speech for the track, which came from her sixth studio album Cry Pretty. ‘Fans, you guys never cease to amaze me at how hard you work.

Icon: Taylor Swift was a presenter at the annual country show

Icon: Taylor Swift was a presenter at the annual country show

Queen of country: Carrie Underwood won best female video for Drinking Alone at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday

Queen of country: Carrie Underwood won best female video for Drinking Alone at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday

Queen of country: Carrie Underwood won best female video for Drinking Alone at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday

‘I saw you guys throwing Twitter parties and doing your thing and voting – thank you so much.

‘This one is really all about you guys, especially because we – again – haven’t been together. I feel so loved this evening so thank you guys so much.”

The musical superstar continued: ‘Of course all the winners and nominees tonight, this is something that’s so fun for us to visually bring our songs to life so thank you for all of the support and all of the fans who have been voting for everybody … so thank you guys so much. God bless you and hope to see you all soon.’

Swift awarded Gabby Barrett breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope, 13 years after the musical superstar took home the prize in 2007 for her song Tim McGraw.

Big winner: The former American Idol champion beamed as she accepted video of the year

Big winner: The former American Idol champion beamed as she accepted video of the year

Big winner: The former American Idol champion beamed as she accepted video of the year

The Shake It  ;

The Shake It  ;

The Shake It Off artist presented Gabby Barrett with breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope 

Queen: The feted performer accepted the honors from home after her win

Queen: The feted performer accepted the honors from home after her win

Queen: The feted performer accepted the honors from home after her win 

Gracious: Underwood took to social media to thank her fans for the honor

Gracious: Underwood took to social media to thank her fans for the honor

Gracious: Underwood took to social media to thank her fans for the honor 

A toast: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani won best video from a collaboration for Nobody But You

A toast: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani won best video from a collaboration for Nobody But You

A toast: Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani won best video from a collaboration for Nobody But You

Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown and actress Sarah Hyland hosted the virtual show, where the winners are determined entirely by fan votes.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani won best video from a collaboration for Nobody But You. Other winners announced included Dan + Shay for the best video by a duo for I Should Probably Go To Bed and Chris Young for CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year.

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band and Luke Bryan winning the award for male video of the year with One Margarita.

Effort:  Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up for a performance amid a bar setting

Effort:  Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up for a performance amid a bar setting

Effort:  Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up for a performance amid a bar setting

Stylish: Katy Perry was in a black and white print ensemble as a presenter

Stylish: Katy Perry was in a black and white print ensemble as a presenter

Stylish: Katy Perry was in a black and white print ensemble as a presenter 

A moment like this: Another former American Idol winner in Kelly Clarkson was a presenter

A moment like this: Another former American Idol winner in Kelly Clarkson was a presenter

A moment like this: Another former American Idol winner in Kelly Clarkson was a presenter 

There was also a special honor, as Grammy-winning artist and entertainer Jennifer Nettles received the inaugural CMT Equal Play Award for her ongoing advocacy for women and diverse voices in the music industry.

In light of COVID, the awards featured pre-taped performances at Bicentennial Park in downtown Nashville, Sycamore Farms in Arrington, Tennessee, Ruskin Cave in Dickson County, Tennessee and the Estate at Cherokee Dock, also in Tennessee.

Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and icon Shania Twain were among the artists to taking outdoor stage, while pop star Halsey was set to team up with Kelsea Ballerini to perform sing their collaboration The Other Girl, and Noah Cyrus, was set to duet with Jimmie Allen on their track This Is Us.

Winners: Dan + Shay won Best video by a duo at 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee on Wednesday

Winners: Dan + Shay won Best video by a duo at 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee on Wednesday

Winners: Dan + Shay won Best video by a duo at 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee on Wednesday 

Victory: Chris Young won CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year

Victory: Chris Young won CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year

Victory: Chris Young won CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band

Margaritaville: Luke Bryan accepted the male video of the year for One Margarita

Margaritaville: Luke Bryan accepted the male video of the year for One Margarita

Margaritaville: Luke Bryan accepted the male video of the year for One Margarita

McBryde – who was last year’s artist of the year winner – and Kane Brown will also be performing, along with Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Little Big Town, Luke Combs with Brooks & Dunn, Morgan Wallen and Sam Hunt.

And the list of presenters was equally as star-studded:  Swift, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson will grace the show as will Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Rob Thomas, and Tanya Tucker.

The award show, which is normally held in the summer but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, has a new category: quarantine video of the year.

Sam Hunt performed at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee in the CMTs

Sam Hunt performed at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee in the CMTs

 Sam Hunt performed at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee in the CMTs

Onstage: Ashley McBryde performed at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee for the broadcast

Onstage: Ashley McBryde performed at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee for the broadcast

The artist looked confident as she delivered the performance

The artist looked confident as she delivered the performance

Onstage: Ashley McBryde performed at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee for the broadcast 

Safety first: Host Sarah Hyland showed off her mask at the event

Safety first: Host Sarah Hyland showed off her mask at the event

Safety first: Host Sarah Hyland showed off her mask at the event 

Stunning: The Modern Family star looked amazing in a purple gown during the broadcast

Stunning: The Modern Family star looked amazing in a purple gown during the broadcast

Stunning: The Modern Family star looked amazing in a purple gown during the broadcast

Caylee Hammack performed onstage at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee

Caylee Hammack performed onstage at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee

 Caylee Hammack performed onstage at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee 

Beaming: Jessica Chastain introduces a performance during Wednesday's show

Beaming: Jessica Chastain introduces a performance during Wednesday's show

Beaming: Jessica Chastain introduces a performance during Wednesday’s show

Beaming: Demi Lovato beamed in a colorful ensemble and hoop earrings while presenting

Beaming: Demi Lovato beamed in a colorful ensemble and hoop earrings while presenting

Beaming: Demi Lovato beamed in a colorful ensemble and hoop earrings while presenting

The very 2020 category will honor country artists who got creative with music videos and songs during the pandemic. Some of the nominees include Brad Paisley’s No I In Beer, featuring Paisley surprising people on video calls; Combs’ socially distance-themed song Six Feet Apart; and Dolly Parton’s nostalgic When Life Is Good Again.

On the night, Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett each had three nominations apiece. 

Other artists with multiple nods included Blanco Brown, Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and The Chicks. 

Ingrid Andress took to the stage in the annual country show

Ingrid Andress took to the stage in the annual country show

Ingrid Andress took to the stage in the annual country show

Little Big Town performed at the Ruskin Cave in Dickson, Tennessee

Little Big Town performed at the Ruskin Cave in Dickson, Tennessee

Little Big Town performed at the Ruskin Cave in Dickson, Tennessee

Honored: Hyland presented Jennifer Nettles with the CMT Equal Play Award

Honored: Hyland presented Jennifer Nettles with the CMT Equal Play Award

Honored: Hyland presented Jennifer Nettles with the CMT Equal Play Award 

Glam: Hyland wore a green gown onstage during the annual show 

Superstar: Kane Brown sang Worship You from the stage in Nashville

Superstar: Kane Brown sang Worship You from the stage in Nashville

Superstar: Kane Brown sang Worship You from the stage in Nashville 

Milestone: Gabby Barrett won breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope

Milestone: Gabby Barrett won breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope

Milestone: Gabby Barrett won breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope

Mickey Guyton looked amazing onstage in her performance at the show

Mickey Guyton looked amazing onstage in her performance at the show

Mickey Guyton looked amazing onstage in her performance at the show 

Legend: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas was a presenter at the award ceremony

Legend: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas was a presenter at the award ceremony

Legend: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas was a presenter at the award ceremony

Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party outside of the venue.

The CMT Music Awards will be broadcast on its namesake network as well as MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land, starting a 8pm EST across networks. They will also livestream on CMT.com and the websites of the other partner networks.

Shania Twain delivered a rousing rendition of Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under on the show

Shania Twain delivered a rousing rendition of Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under on the show

Shania Twain delivered a rousing rendition of Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under on the show

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus performed their duet This Is Us

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus performed their duet This Is Us

Glam: Noah had a studded ensemble for the show

Glam: Noah had a studded ensemble for the show

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus performed their duet This Is Us

Country girl: Noah donned a white cowboy hat with rhinestones on the evening

Country girl: Noah donned a white cowboy hat with rhinestones on the evening

Country girl: Noah donned a white cowboy hat with rhinestones on the evening 

In his element: Travis Denning performed After A Few at the award show

In his element: Travis Denning performed After A Few at the award show

In his element: Travis Denning performed After A Few at the award show

When the smoke clears: Luke Bryan was in the moment as he took to the stage Wednesday

When the smoke clears: Luke Bryan was in the moment as he took to the stage Wednesday

When the smoke clears: Luke Bryan was in the moment as he took to the stage Wednesday

Sign of the times: Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party

Sign of the times: Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party

Sign of the times: Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party

2020 CMT Music Award Winners

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. 

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Keith Urban – Polaroid

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Little Big Town – Sugar Coat

Luke Combs – Beer Never Broke My Heart

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Old Dominion – Some People Do

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now

The Chicks – Gaslighter

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

Victory: Underwood set a CMT record with her wins for Drinking Alone

Victory: Underwood set a CMT record with her wins for Drinking Alone

Victory: Underwood set a CMT record with her wins for Drinking Alone

 

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Maren Morris – The Bones

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Competitive: Underwood  bested stars such as Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini to win best video by a female artist

Competitive: Underwood  bested stars such as Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini to win best video by a female artist

Competitive: Underwood  bested stars such as Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini to win best video by a female artist

 

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

Jason Aldean – Got What I Got

Luke Bryan – One Margarita

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving

Morgan Wallen – Chasin’ You (Dream Video)

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

Shake it up: Luke Bryan emerged victorious for One Margarita

Shake it up: Luke Bryan emerged victorious for One Margarita

Shake it up: Luke Bryan emerged victorious for One Margarita

 

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

Lady A – Champagne Night

Little Big Town – Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Live Cut)

Midland – Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)

Old Dominion – One Man Band

The Chicks – Gaslighter

The Highwomen – Crowded Table

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, took home this year's group prize

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, took home this year's group prize

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, took home this year’s group prize

 

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

Brothers Osborne – All Night (Studio Performance)

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Florida Georgia Line – Blessings

LOCASH – One Big Country Song

Maddie & Tae – Die From A Broken Heart

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, won their category

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, won their category

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, won their category

 

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Caylee Hammack – Family Tree

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine

Riley Green – I Wish Grandpas Never Died

Travis Denning – After a Few

Gabby Barrett won the Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope

Gabby Barrett won the Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope

Gabby Barrett won the Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope 

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – Nobody But You

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – I Hope You’re Happy Now

Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

Kane Brown featuring Nelly – Cool Again

Marshmello and Kane Brown – One Thing Right

Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – Beer Can’t Fix

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani, who won collaborative video of the year nod for their song Nobody But You, were seen performing at the Grammys in January

 

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – Brand New Man

From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – Drowning

From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – Graveyard

From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – Fancy

From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – Tell Me When It’s Over

Good night: Chris Young took home the CMT performance award for Drowning

Good night: Chris Young took home the CMT performance award for Drowning

Good night: Chris Young took home the CMT performance award for Drowning 

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