The finalists for the Video of the Year title at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards 2020 have been narrowed down to six, including clips by Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
Recognition for Tucker’s “comeback” album of 2019, While I’m Livin’, continues with her place on the shortlist for its closing track “Bring My Flowers Now.” The song, written by the album’s co-producer Brandi Carlile with Tim and Phil Hanseroth, won Best Country Song at the 2020 Grammy Awards in January, where the full set won Best Country Album.
Urban’s “Polaroid,” which emerged in April from The Speed Of Now Part 1, his new album released last month, is also among the six nominations for the video honor. So is Underwood’s “Drinking Alone,” the final single from her 2018 Cry Pretty album. She has won the Video of the Year title seven times.
Also nominated for the CMT video award are Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” and Kelsea Ballerini’s “homecoming queen?” Combs’ track completes a kind of full cycle, as he performed it at last year’s CMT Awards.
The eight videos that were semi-finalists among the public vote, but didn’t make the final six, were Ashley McBryde’s “One Night Standards,” Blanco Brown’s “The Git Up,” Dan + Shay’s “I Should Probably Go to Bed,” Little Big Town’s “Sugar Coat,” Old Dominion’s “Some People Do,” Sam Hunt’s “Hard to Forget,” the Chicks’ “Gaslighter,” and Thomas Rhett’s “Remember You Young.”
Voting for the award, at vote.cmt.com in the US, will stay open until the show is in progress. The winner will be revealed during the awards ceremony and telecast on October 21. Kane Brown and actress Sarah Hyland, of Modern Family fame, will co-host the event, along with two others to be named in due course. Brown is among the artists who will perform, as are Luke Bryan and Maren Morris, with other stars still to be announced.