Country music’s hottest night of the year turned it up a notch as host Charles Esten (“Nashville”) led an all-star party featuring first-time musical mash-ups, record-breaking wins and an all-star tribute to the late Gregg Allman. LATEST ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE CMA'S VIEW VIDEO
Keith Urban owned the night with four wins including “Video of the Year” (his third time winning the top honor) and “Male Video of the Year” for “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” “Collaborative Video of the Year” with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter,” as well as “#SOCIALSUPERSTAR Award presented by Pepsi,” notching his first wins since 2010. Underwood gave a shout out to the Nashville Predators after winning “Female Video of the Year” for “Church Bells,” to break her own record for most wins in the awards’ show history with a grand total of 17. Urban and Underwood performed “The Fighter,” delighting and surprising fans by slowly building to a fiery ending. VEGAS SCENE MAGAZINE INTERVIEW WITH KELSEA HERE
Lauren Alaina gave a teary-eyed acceptance after winning her first-ever “CMT Music Award” for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” for “Road Less Traveled.”
Additional winners included Florida Georgia Line for “Duo Video of the Year” for “H.O.L.Y.,” Little Big Town for “Group Video of the Year” for “Better Man” and Jason Derulo/Luke Bryan for “CMT Performance of the Year” for “Want to Want Me.” MORE VIDEO
The night was filled with unforgettable performances that spanned genres and decades. The show kicked off with a celebration of the life and music of the late Gregg Allman. Country superstars Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley wowed the audience with an acapella version of “Midnight Rider” before seguing into a full on jam featuring former Allman Brothers band member Derek Trucks, while images of Allman filled Music City Center, earning a standing ovation.