Car­rie Un­der­wood cleans house at the CMT coun­try mu­sic awards

The China Post - - ARTS - BY MES­FIN FEKADU

The CMT Mu­sic Awards should be re­named the Car­rie Mu­sic Tele­vi­sion Awards.

Car­rie Un­der­wood cleaned house at the coun­try awards show Wed­nes­day with three wins, in­clud­ing video of the year for “Some­thing In the Wa­ter,” and she even gave a shout-out to her 3-month-old son.

“This is my first awards show since lit­tle Isa­iah has been in the world,” said Un­der­wood, who gave birth in late Fe­bru­ary and sported a skin-tight white dress. “I’m sure he’s nap­ping on the bus right now, but I should def­i­nitely say that he has al­ready in­spired me so much as well as has my hus­band, Mike.”

The show in Nashville, Ten­nessee, marked Un­der­wood’s fourth con­sec­u­tive victory for video of the year.

The 32- year- old songstress, who also per­formed, is the most dec­o­rated CMT Award win­ner with 13 awards, in­clud­ing six for video of the year. She walked into the Bridge­stone Arena with five nom­i­na­tions — she was the leader — and also won fe­male video of the year for “Some­thing In the Wa­ter” and col­lab­o­ra­tive video of the year for “Some­thin’ Bad” with Mi­randa Lam­bert. She earned two nom­i­na­tions for both video of the year and fe­male video of the year.

While coun­try stars, from Luke Bryan to Florida Ge­or­gia Line, dom­i­nated the awards show, a video skit about rush­ing to the CMT Awards starred Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger, Alan Jack­son, Steven Tyler, Rick Spring­field, Tom Arnold and Justin Bieber, who said he loved Bryan in the clip.

“Yeah, Bieber loves me,” Bryan said on­stage when he won male video of the year for “Play It Again.”

Bryan was just one of the many per­form­ers, and he worked the crowd when he sang “Kick the Dust Up,” the first sin­gle from his hotly an­tic­i­pated new al­bum, “Kill the Lights,” due out Aug. 7.

Lady An­te­bel­lum kicked off the CMT Mu­sic Awards with the help of Grammy-win­ning DJ-pro­ducer Zedd. The venue was full of hands pump­ing in the air, ex­plo­sive blasts and beam­ing lights as Zedd — known for the hits “Clar­ity” and “Break Free” with Ari­ana Grande — played pi­ano and backed the coun­try trio, who per­formed Zedd’s “Beau­ti­ful Now” in be­tween their own song, “Long Stretch of Love.”

Lady A later won group video of the year.

“We also want to thank the beau­ti­ful, amaz­ing Kate Up­ton and Tony Hale for be­ing a part of this video,” Hil­lary Scot said of the ac­tors, who ap­peared in the clip for “Bar­tender.”

Ja­son Aldean and Bob Seger won CMT per­for­mance of the year for their per­for­mance of “Turn the Page” from their “CMT Cross­roads” spe­cial.

“This is re­ally cool ‘cause this was a song that I played in the clubs for years and to get a chance to per­form this with (Bob) on­stage, I mean this was a dream come true for me,” Aldean said.

Florida Ge­or­gia Line, who per­formed out­side, won duo video of the year for “Dirt,” while Sam Hunt, who scored two No. 1 hits on the Bill­board Hot Coun­try Songs chart with “Take Your Time” and “Leave the Night On,” won break­through video of the year for the lat­ter.


Car­rie Un­der­wood ac­cepts the award for video of the year for “Some­thing in The Wa­ter” at the CMT Mu­sic Awards at Bridge­stone Arena in Nashville, Ten­nessee on Wed­nes­day, June 10.

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