Carrie Underwood is country music’s sweetheart. The American Idol winner took home the CMT Music Award’s top honor on Wednesday winning best video of the year for “Blown Away.” Underwood also had, arguably, the best performance of the night with her emotional tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes.
Underwood is the top winner in CMT history boasting ten awards, or “belt buckles” as they are called, including four wins for video of the year. Underwood will also celebrate the unveiling of a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit and five years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She will also be the final act in the Country Music Association festival on Sunday. And just two weeks ago, she was the guest performer at the Rolling Stones concert in Toronto. I’d say Carrie can count these last two or so weeks as positive ones.
Not every Idol victor has been as successful as Underwood. What Idol does offer its winner is an inherited loyal fan base. Perhaps they have stuck around because Underwood is so very gracious:
"The good Lord has been very good to me – well, to all of us in this room – for a very long time. It’s crazy and it’s amazing and it’s all about the fans. It still blows my mind."
Underwood joined other award recipients such as Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, and many others.
Lambert won two belt buckles this year. She took home the prize for female video of the year for “Mama’s Broken Heart” and CMT performance video of the year for “Over You.” Lady Antebellum won group video of the year for “Downtown,” and Jason Aldean won collaborative video of the year for “The Only Way I Know” along with Luke Bryan and Eric Church. Blake Shelton won male video of the year for “Sure Be Cool If You Did;” an award Lambert had to accept for him as he is currently traveling with his show, “The Voice.” After accepting the award, Lambert jubilantly shouted: “Honey, I’m drinking for two tonight!”
The victors weren’t the only stars to have their moment in the spotlight, however. The show was packed with performances and guest stars. Underwood’s Oklahoma tribute performance of “See You Again” moved the crowd to tears. Conversely, Taylor Swift’s Sgt. Peppersesque performance of “Red” got the crowd moving and shaking.
If you’re like me, country music is just not your style. It is not something that I even remotely enjoy. However, the country music crowd sure does seem to know how to have a good time! I may not want to listen to them sing, but I wouldn’t mind being invited to one of their parties!