CMT Music Awards 2013: Carrie Underwood honors Oklahoma in moving tribute, Miranda Lambert wins big

Carrie Underwood's awesome week got off to a roaring start at the CMT Music Awards. Underwood won top honor video of the year Wednesday night for "Blown Away," capping the evening with an emotional tribute to Oklahoma tornado victims before taking the fan-voted award for the second year in a row. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line were the night's top winners with two awards apiece. "The good Lord has been very good to me - well, to all of us in this room - for a very long time," Underwood told the crowd after the win. Underwood - the top winner in CMT Awards history with 10 belt buckles, including four for video of the year - also is celebrating the opening of a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit and five years with the Grand Ole Opry. She'll close down the Country Music Association Festival on Sunday night. All of this comes less than two weeks after joining the Rolling Stones in Toronto on May 25 - the eighth anniversary of her win on "American Idol." It was "Idol" that gave Underwood her close relationship with fans, and they continue to show up for her. "It's crazy and it's amazing and it's all about the fans," Underwood said backstage before leaning against the wall to chat with Lenny Kravitz. "It still blows my mind." The night belonged to Lambert and FGL before Underwood's flourish at the finish. The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley won breakthrough video and duo video of the year on their breakthrough hit "Cruise," then performed a remixed version of the song with rapper Nelly to close the show. The breezy, easy-grooving "Cruise" pushed the duo to country stardom last year. Their remix with Nelly moved into the top five on Billboard's Hot 100 pop songs list this week, making it the rare country crossover hit and an early candidate for song of the summer. "That came from the songwriting gods themselves," Hubbard said backstage after the show. "We wrote that Continue Reading

Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Luke Bryan lead CMT Music Awards nominations with four each

Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert are the lead nominees for this year's CMT Music Awards. The trio of country music's newest stars are nominated for the top honor, video of the year, along with nine others. The show airs live June 5 on CMT from Nashville, Tenn. Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell host. Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line have three nominations each. Nine others have two nominations apiece, including Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood. A news release says fan voting is open at the network's website until June 2. Six finalists for video of the year will be announced at the top of the show, and fans will choose a winner during the broadcast. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

President Obama, Mitt Romney to go country for taped CMT Music Awards segments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Presidential elections are usually serious business, but President Barack Obama and likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney are taking a little time for laughs during the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday. Obama and Romney have taped video segments that will appear as part of the country music award show’s opening segment. CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement that each is “in on the joke.” “They’re each great sports,” he said. The fun kicks off at 8 p.m. EDT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on CMT with hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell. A host of celebrities from across the entertainment dial are scheduled to appear as well, but they’ll be battling for attention with the focus on Obama and Romney. Chances are Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift will take over the spotlight by the end of the evening, though. It doesn’t take a statistician to sort out the latest trends at the CMT Awards, and those two young stars figure prominently. Here’s how the video of the year category has gone from 2007 to 2011: Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift. Carrie Underwood. Taylor Swift. At last check, none of the category’s other nominees has conceded, but it’s easy to see the fan-voted writing on the wall. Underwood is nominated twice in the category and is the top nominee with five total. Two-time female video of the year winner Miranda Lambert is next with four nods, and Swift leads a host of stars with three apiece. Together that trio of stars has won 15 trophies since Underwood first flashed onto the scene at the 2006 awards after winning “American Idol.” Underwood’s latest hit, “Good Girl,” and her “Remind Me” collaboration with Brad Paisley are up for video of the year. Swift’s “The Hunger Games” soundtrack entry “Safe & Sound” with The Civil Wars — a duo happily Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood takes third video of the year win; Luke Bryan nabs surprise of night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is turning into quite a memorable place for Carrie Underwood and her hunky husband, NHL star Mike Fisher. Underwood won her third video of the year award at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night, carving yet another great memory out for the couple in the home of the NHL’s Nashville Predators. PHOTOS: CMT MUSIC AWARDS 2012 RED CARPET LOOKS Underwood’s two wins — she also won for collaboration of the year for “Remind Me,” with Brad Paisley — mean she’s now won nine CMT belt buckles since 2006, including video of the year awards. That matches Taylor Swift’s run in that fan-voted category over the same period. The former “American Idol” winner was the night’s only multiple winner. Luke Bryan pulled off the surprise of the night, taking male video of the year for “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” After beating out country’s top male stars, Bryan rewarded his fans by tossing a pair of boxers into the crowd. It was far from the raciest moment of the night. Kellie Pickler pretended to motorboat an imaginary pair of breasts to introduce Little Big Town’s performance of “Pontoon,” complete with a full-sized pontoon boat and bikini-clad “swimmers” floating around the stage. And co-host Kristen Bell made sure to spend a little quality time in the stands, sandwiching herself between Bryan and Jake Owen. “I didn’t know I’d be sitting right in the middle of Hunksville, Tenn., population — two,” the actress joked. As for the official business of the night, the rest pretty much held true to current award show trends. Upon hearing their names in the collaboration category, Paisley leaped to his feet and wrapped his arms around Underwood’s husband in a long embrace that got the laughs started. Miranda Lambert won her third straight Continue Reading

Sheryl Crow flashes underwear, Shania Twain falls during embarrassing CMT Music Awards moments

Add Sheryl Crow to the list of female celebrities who have suffered wardrobe malfunctions this week. After both Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian accidentally offered up some of their top-half goods on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, the country singer had a mishap of her own down below during the 2011 CMT Music Awards. During Wednesday's live show, a skirt-clad Crow seemed absent-minded when she rose from a stool during a performance with host Kid Rock. As she uncrossed her legs, the 49-year-old's underwear was completely visible to the in-theater audience and the millions of viewers at home. But the songstress didn't play dumb when she returned to the stage later in the show to present an award with fellow singer Sara Evans. "Okay, I'm just going to address the elephant in the room," she began. "People all over America are tweeting that I was wearing a really short skirt when I sang with Kid Rock," she explained, "and that when I got up off the stool, I showed my underwear." Quipped Evans, "Well, at least you were wearing underwear." PHOTOS: WHAT A TRIP! STARS BITE THE DUST "I was wearing underwear," Crow acknowledged. "Cause I am good, clean family entertainment." And amazingly enough, she wasn't the only one to suffer an embarrassing moment during the event. Shania Twain, 45, tumbled as she headed to the stage to present. "I experienced one of life's most embarrassing moments," Twain said in a video message to fans after the show, "and I've lived through that." "I'm here to tell you I don't need a stunt double," she joked, adding that she didn't hurt herself. Twain then contemplated whether to auction off her dangerous high heels or "keep them as a souvenir." "I never want to see those shoes again," she said. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards 2010: Carrie Underwood wins, responds with rare PDA kiss for fiance, Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood got some love at the CMT Music Awards and responded with her own public display affection. Fans awarded the "American Idol” champ video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova" and performance of the year for "Temporary Home" at the star-spangled ceremony Wednesday night. Before trotting up to the stage after bagging best video, Underwood gave her fiancé, Mike Fisher, a big smooch in their first major PDA since they began dating two years ago. At the podium, the 27-year-old country diva was equally effusive with her fans. "Wow," she said. "Awesome fans. Awesome, awesome, amazing, awesome. God bless you guys, you are the best!" Underwood later paid some more lip service to Fisher, with whom she got engaged in December. "It’s great having him there!" she told after the show. "No matter what happens, I go home a winner. I have the biggest prize, the guy sitting next to me. Win or lose, he is proud of me. Of course, it’s nice to share the good times too!" Underwood is set to wed her fiancé this summer. "We are still working on everything," she told the gossip Web site. "Goodness, I haven't been to too many weddings. I guess the unique thing will be me and Mike. We’ve never been married before so it won’t be like any one else’s wedding." Other big winners at the CMT awards included Miranda Lambert, who won female video of the year for "White Liar,” and Keith Urban, who was awarded male video of the year for "'Till Summer Comes Around."  "Baby girl, I love you so much," Urban called out to his glamorous wife, Nicole Kidman, from the podium. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

CMT Music Awards 2010: Former ‘American Idol’ champion Carrie Underwood wins for ‘Cowboy Casanova’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it again during the CMT Music Awards. The former "American Idol" champ won Wednesday night's top honor, video of the year for "Cowboy Casanova," and CMT performance of the year for "Temporary Home" two months after making history by winning her second Academy of Country Music Awards entertainer of the year. Both awards are chosen by fans tuned into the live shows. She was the night's only multiple winner. "They were there before I had anything, an album, a record deal, a tour or anything like that," Underwood said after the show. "They built me from the ground up." The CMT Awards, which are chosen exclusively by fan voting, were another salute to some of country music's top young stars. Lady Antebellum continued its scorching run by winning group video of the year for the trio's crossover hit "Need You Now" and Miranda Lambert taking female video of the year for "White Liar," her first No.1 song. "Tonight's all about the fans," trio member Dave Haywood said after receiving the belt buckle trophy given to winners. "Thank you fans!" Lambert followed up three wins at the ACM Awards with yet another win. She jumped up and pumped her fists as she made her way through the crowd and shouted, "My first buckle! This rocks!" when she reached the stage. Lambert's "White Liar" video features the red-hot singer ditching her dishonest husband-to-be at the alter for his cheating ways. It was the first time she put on a wedding dress. The second time will come when she weds fiance Blake Shelton. "Let's just hope that my next wedding doesn't end up like that video," she told the crowd. Keith Urban won male video of the year for "'Til Summer Comes Around." After sending a shoutout to his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, who attended the awards, he turned serious and talked of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. "I want to send my deepest love to all the families around the gulf, who are going through Continue Reading

Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood receive three CMT Music Awards nominations each

Four of country music's hottest acts lead the nominees for the CMT Music Awards.Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations when finalists were announced Tuesday morning. Ten other acts received two nominations.Overall nominations were announced in April. Fans voted to narrow down each category to a handful of finalists.Finalists for video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the June 9 show in Nashville, Tenn., and fans will vote for the winner by text message. There are 10 nominees in that category.All four top nominees have a video up for video of the year. Fans can vote for their favorite acts at CMT's website through June 8.Kid Rock will host the live CMT Music Awards. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Miley & Billy Ray Cyrus to share stage at CMT Music Awards

NASHVILLE - "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, will host and perform at this year's CMT Music Awards."Miley and I are so excited to be hosting the CMT Music Awards," Billy Ray said. "We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances." The seventh annual awards show airs April 14 on CMT from Belmont University's Curb Event Center. Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland and Toby Keith will also be among the performers. Miley's dad made it big on the pop charts in 1992 with his hit "Achy Breaky Heart." These days, the 46-year-old plays Miley's father on the 15-year-old actress-singer's "Hannah Montana" TV show. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood leads 2015 CMT Music Awards nominations

Carrie Underwood is the top contender for the 2015 CMT Music Awards with five nominations. CMT announced Wednesday that Underwood scored two nominations for video of the year with the Grammy-winning “Something in the Water” and “Somethin’ Bad,” her duet with Miranda Lambert. Underwood also earned two nominations for female video of the year with “Something in the Water” and “Little Toy Guns.” Twelve videos are nominated for video of the year. Contenders include Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney, also video of the year nominees, have four nominations each. The CMT Music Awards will air live on June 10 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets go on sale Saturday and voting starts Wednesday. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading