The 2015 CMT Music Awards were a big night for Carrie Underwood, with the singer becoming the recipient of the most prizes in CMT Music Awards history and taking some of the biggest awards.
Underwood won the Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year prizes for her song “Something in the Water,” while she shared the collaborative video of the year award with singer Miranda Lambert for their track “Somethin’ Bad.”
According to Rolling Stone, Underwood has now won the most CMT Music awards ever after receiving her newest prizes. The awards are voted on by fans.
Male Video of the Year went to Luke Bryan for the song “Play It Again” and Group Video of the Year went to Lady Antebellum for their song “Bartender.” Florida Georgia Line got the Duo Video of the Year award for their song “Dirt” and the CMT Performance of the Year went to Jason Aldean and Bob Seger for “Turn the Page.” Meanwhile, singer Sam Hunt got the Breakthrough Video of the Year award for the song “Leave the Night On.” “Pitch Perfect 2” actress Brittany Snow and Erin Andrews of Fox Sports hosted the show.
The country genre is one that’s expanded to incorporate more and more musical styles, as noted by Dallas Morning News music critic Hunter Hauk. The genre can include, Hauk wrote, everything “from the infectiously poppy, hard rocking and hip-hop-infused to the good-timin' bro country and twangy traditionalists.” But, Hauk wrote, the genre’s diversity doesn’t mean certain aspects of country get completely ignored. “Style-hopping party kings such as entertainer of the year nominees Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan might have tapped into a criminally large segment of the ticket-buying public for too long,” he wrote. “But ravenous crowds still turn out and support performers repping every other flavor of country.” Lambert herself told the Dallas Morning News, “We're more popular than we've ever been as a genre because there's something for everybody.”