Keith Urban was the king of the CMT Music Awards held in Nashville on June 7. He won all four of his races, including the coveted prize of Video of the Year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.” Urban’s collaboration with Carrie Underwood on “The Fighter” also prevailed, allowing Underwood to extend her record for most CMT Awards to 17. They performed the duet on this fast-paced show hosted by “Nashville” star Charles Esten. (See the complete list of CMT Awards winners.)
Earlier in the evening, Underwood had won Female Video for “Church Bells” while Urban had claimed Male Video as well as Social Superstar. Urban gave a shout-out to his wife Nicole Kidman who was in the audience at the Music City Center. Likewise, Underwood acknowledged her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher whose team, the Nashville Predators, plays game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (June 8).
In between the presentation of awards were a slew of performances. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks opened the evening with a musical tribute to the late Gregg Allman. Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo reprised “Want to Want Me,” which won the Performance prize as well as Bryan’s hit “Strip It Down.” Miranda Lambert sang “Pink Sunglasses.” oIn a pre-taped segment Duo winners Florida Georgia Line sang “Last Day Alive” with The Chainsmokers. And Lady Antebellum teamed up with Earth, Wind & Fire to close the show.