CMT Awards include winner Carrie Underwood's emotional tribute to Oklahoma
The CMT Awards included a win by Carrie Underwood, who has received the most CMT awards ever, for video of the year. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line also captured titles at the CMT Awards.
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"I just got a kiss from Lenny Kravitz," Lambert said as she took the stage for her second trophy. "That was an award in itself."Skip to next paragraph
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Much of the early focus of the show was on country's biggest male star, Jason Aldean. Making his first appearance as an awards show co-host, he kicked off the show by playing "American Woman" with Kravitz, got hosting tips from an unlikely cast of characters that included Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Kelsey Grammer, Vince Vaughn, Lorraine Bracco and Luke Bryan.
He also won collaborative video of the year for "The Only Way I Know" with Bryan and Church, who were among the top nominees coming into the show with Lambert.
Lady Antebellum won group video of the year for "Downtown" and took the stage with mother-to-be Hillary Scott about a month from her due date.
"This is Hillary's maternity present coming early," Charles Kelley said.
Lambert's husband Blake Shelton won male video of the year for "Sure Be Cool If You Did" – an award presented by Lambert. Shelton was traveling due to his duties as a coach on TV's "The Voice," so Lambert accepted, shouting, "Honey, I'm drinking for two tonight."
The CMT Awards are rarely focused on winners of the belt buckle trophy and Wednesday night was no different.
Underwood had the most poignant moment of the night with "See You Again," her tribute to tornado victims in her home state. Swift had the night's most eye-catching performance, singing "Red" with a color guard of flag bearers while playing electric guitar and wearing a red-and-black shorts-and-overcoat ensemble that had a Sgt. Pepper feel to it.
Nicole Kidman with husband Keith Urban joined in as Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum led the crowd at Bridgestone Arena in a "Wagon Wheel" sing-a-long. Hunter Hayes took it outside and walked through a crowd of hundreds before taking the stage, and Bryan performed across the street at Lower Broadway venue The Stage.
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