As always, the CMT Music Awards did not disappoint.The jaw-dropping night culminated when Mackie making his CMT Music Awards debut to present the night’s most coveted award, “Video of the Year,” to Carrie Underwood and John Legend, with Underwood surprising her fans as she walked onto stage and to accept her award.
Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini + Kane Brown, the CMT Awards live from Bridgestone Arena featured epic performances, a number of exciting collaborations, and two world premieres as part of country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show. The fans have been particularly fond of Underwood, who remains the most awarded artist in CMT history with 23 career wins.
Little Big Town increased their career total wins to four, with a win this year for “Duo/Group Video of the Year.” Gabby Barrett followed up her “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award last year with a win for “Female Video of the Year” this year. Longtime fan favorite Taylor Swift returned to the CMT winner’s circle with her ninth award, this time for the Social Category: “Best Family Feature.”
Presenters included Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan and Trace Adkins, as well as CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi.
The 2021 “CMT Music Awards” winners include:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Carrie Underwood & John Legend – “Hallelujah”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Kane Brown – “Worship You”
DUO/GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Dylan Scott – “Nobody”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Chris Young and Kane Brown – “Famous Friends”
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey – “The Other Girl”
CMT SOCIAL VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “BEST FAMILY FEATURE”
Taylor Swift – “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)”
CMT EQUAL PLAY AWARD