Carrie Underwood Makes History at 2015 CMT Music Awards

Carrie Underwood walked away from this year’s CMT Music Awards with three shiny new belt-buckles to add to her collection.

Underwood, who won three out of the five categories she was nominated in, is now the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 13 total wins.

“This is my first awards show since little Isaiah has been in the world,” Underwood said of her three-month-old son during her acceptance speech for the Female Video of the Year award. “I’m sure he’s napping on the bus right now, but I should definitely say that he has already inspired me so much.”

Lady Antebellum and EDM hit-maker Zedd kicked off the show with a groundbreaking collaboration, setting the tone for an energetic and inspiring night of music.

Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line and Kenny Chesney performed dynamic sets just outside of Bridgestone Arena on the streets of downtown Nashville to massive crowds. Back inside, Eric Church stepped into the crowd for a smoldering performance of his latest release, “Like A Wrecking Ball.” Luke Bryan danced his way across the stage with the cheeky “Kick The Dust Up,” while Sam Hunt turned up the volume to 11 with his current hit, “House Party.”

The awards also continued their tradition of highlighting up-and-coming artists between awards on the Nationwide side-stage, with short but sweet sets from RaeLynn, Chris Janson, Kelsea Ballerini, Maddie and Tae, Frankie Ballard and A Thousand Horses.

This year’s performances were more subdued and stripped down than previous years, with more of a focus placed on the art of the presentation than the usual additions of eye-catching props and dancers. The one outlier to this trend was Jake Owen‘s performance of his new single, “Real Life,” which felt like the countrified version of Katy Perry’s Superbowl half-time show earlier this year.

The entirely fan-voted award show was co-hosted by sports broadcaster Erin Andrews and actress Brittany Snow. The two were featured in multiple comedic clips throughout the night that also included cameos from Steven Tyler, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kristen Bell, Rick Springfield, Tom Arnold and Justin Bieber. Both the co-hosts and presenters made many references to the “Saladgate” controversy, with playful remarks on the amount of talented “tomatoes” in the room.

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Even with a few technical difficulties and jokes that fell flat, the ceremony was a great celebration of the best mainstream country music from the past year. Read on for a full list of nominees and winners.

2015 CMT Music Award Winners:

Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood – “Something in the Water” [WINNER]
Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt”
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Luke Bryan,”Play It Again”
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad”

Male Video of the Year

Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”
Eric Church, “Talladega”
Jason Aldean, “Burnin’ It Down”
Keith Urban, “Somewhere in My Car”
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids”
Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” [WINNER]

Female Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns”
Carrie Underwood, “Something in the Water” [WINNER]
Lee Ann Womack, “The Way I’m Livin'”
Miranda Lambert, “Little Red Wagon”
RaeLynn, “God Made Girls”
Reba, “Going Out Like That”

Duo Video of the Year

Big & Rich, “Look at You”
Brothers Osborne, “Rum”
Florida Georgia Line, “Dirt” [WINNER]
Florida Georgia Line, “Sun Daze”
Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”
The Swon Brothers, “Later On”

Group Video of the Year

A Thousand Horses, “Smoke”
Eli Young Band, “Dust”
Lady Antebellum, “Bartender” [WINNER]
Little Big Town, “Day Drinking”
The Band Perry, “Chainsaw”
Zac Brown Band, “All Alright”

Breakthrough Video of the Year

Chase Rice, “Gonna Wanna Tonight”
Frankie Ballard, “Sunshine & Whiskey”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Love Me Like You Mean It”
Maddie & Tae, “Girl in a Country Song”
RaeLynn, “God Made Girls”
Sam Hunt, “Leave the Night On” [WINNER]

Collaborative Video of the Year

Blake Shelton feat. Ashley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”
Brantley Gilbert feat. Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Small Town Throwdown”
Jennifer Nettles feat. Brandy Clark, “His Hands”
Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter, “Wild Child”
Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood, “Somethin’ Bad” [WINNER]
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill, “Meanwhile Back at Mamas”

CMT Performance of the Year

Bob Seger and Jason Aldean, “Turn the Page” from CMT Crossroads [WINNER]
Brett Eldredge, “Beat of the Music” from CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party
John Legend and Lee Ann Womack, “You & I (Nobody in the World)” from CMT Crossroads
Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, “Roar” from CMT Crossroads
Keith Urban, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” from 2014 CMT Artists of the Year
Kenny Chesney, “American Kids” from Instant Jam
Lady Antebellum and Aloe Blacc, “Wake Me Up” from CMT’s Ultimate Kickoff Party
Lady Antebellum and Chris Stapleton, “Drink a Beer” from 2014 CMT Artists of the Year

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