Blake Shelton won top honors at the 2018 CMT Music Awards, held on June 6 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. He won Video of the Year for “I’ll Name the Dogs,” which was the first victory of his career in that category. That song also won him Male Video of the Year, which made him the only artist on Wednesday night with multiple victories. Check out the full list of winners right here.
Shelton previously contended for Video of the Year for “God Gave Me You” (2012), “Boys ‘Round Here” (2014) and “Sangria” (2016), but he hadn’t won that prize until now. He was up against a field of 11 other nominees including Carrie Underwood and Ludacris (“The Champion”), Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton (“Say Something”) and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line (“Meant to Be”). But those were all collaborations, and no collaboration has won the top prize at the CMTs.
On the morning of the awards the 12 nominees for Video of the Year were narrowed down to 5 contenders. Joining Shelton in the race were Thomas Rhett (“Marry Me”), Brett Young (“Mercy”), Luke Combs (“When it Rains it Pours”), and Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina (“What Ifs”). All those artists went home empty-handed except Brown and Alaina, who came away with the consolation prize of Collaborative Video of the Year.
Carrie Underwood missed out on a record-extending 7th Video of the Year victory, but she did take Female Video of the Year for “The Champion.” It’s her fourth win in a row in that category and her sixth win overall following prizes for “Jesus Take the Wheel” (2006), “Before He Cheats” (2007), “Something in the Water” (2015), “Smoke Break” (2016) and “Church Bells” (2017).
Other top winners included Dan and Shay, who won Duo Video of the Year for “Tequila” against the formidable Brothers Osborne (“It Ain’t My Fault”) and Florida Georgia Line (“Smooth”). And “Every Little Thing” by Carly Pearce was awarded Breakthrough Video of the Year, a prize that previously went to artists like Underwood, Taylor Swift, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton.
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