Nashville’s iconic Bridgestone Arena was packed with country music fans, special guests, and A-List celebrities for the unofficial CMA Fest kickoff event. The night began with co-host Jason Aldean performing the classic hit with rocker Lenny Kravitz setting an explosive tone for the night. Following Jason and Lenny’s timeless performance, a star-filled segment featuring co-host Kristen Bell, Lorraine Bracco, Dr. Drew, Kelsey Grammer, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Reba and Vince Vaughn hit the screen. Aldean and Bell then kicked off the ret of the party with a night filled with musical mashups and stand-out moments.
For the first time, the CMT Music Awards included three back-to-back performances, all from different locations: Hunter Hayes performed his newest single, “I Want Crazy,” from an outdoor stage in the heart of downtown surrounded by fans who wore sunglasses with the word ‘CRAZY’ while Luke Bryan sang his hit, “Crash My Party,” from Nashville’s famous honky tonk, The Stage; and Taylor Swift ended the trifecta with a dazzling, choreographed number inside the arena to her latest hit, “Red.” Other performances throughout the night included Darius Rucker’s chart-topping single, “Wagon Wheel,” performed with Lady Antebellum; a powerful rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s classic hit, “The Chain,” by Little Big Town, featuring Keith Urban, “Mama’s Broken Heart.” by Miranda Lambert, “Blowin’ Smoke,” by Kacey Musgraves, and Jason Aldean‘s “Night Train,” an outdoor performance that featured fireworks in downtown Nashville. Lady Antebellum performed their latest single, “Goodbye Town;” Keith Urban rocked the house with his new single “Little Bit Of Everything;” while Carrie Underwood delivered a commanding performance honoring the victims of the fatal tornadoes in her home state Oklahoma with her new single, “See You Again,” that she performed with a 24-voice choir from Nashville Christ Church. Closing the two-and-a-half hour show, Florida Georgia Line were joined by rapper Nelly, performing their summer anthem “Cruise.”
For the sixth year in a row, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS featured a second concert stage sponsored by Nationwide Insurance that included performances by Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch, Kree Harrison, Love and Theft and Randy Houser.
For the awards, Carrie Underwood walked away with the CMT MUSIC AWARDS’ biggest title of the night, winning VIDEO OF THE YEAR for her hit, “Blown Away.” Miranda Lambert was a two-time winner, scoring FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR for the fourth consecutive year, this time for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and a second win for CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR for “Over You.” Blake Shelton took home a buckle for MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR for “Sure Be Cool If You Did;” and newcomers Florida Georgia Line won two buckles for DUO OF THE YEAR and BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR for their smash hit, “Cruise.” Lady Antebellum won GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR for “Downtown;” and co-host Jason Aldean, along with Luke Bryan and Eric Church won CMT COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR for “Only Way I Know.”
We have to say that the CMT Music Awards are one of the shows we look forward to each year. In our opinion, this year’s show was the best CMT Music Awards we have ever attended! We can’t WAIT to see what will happen next year!
The 2013 CMT Music Awards will re-air on the following days/times: Thursday, June 6 at 9:00pm.; Saturday, June 8 at 2:00 p.m.; Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
To check out photos from the 2013 CMT Music Awards red carpet, click here.