All star collaboration performances, a tribute to rock legend Gregg Allman, Hollywood actors and even a man romper, the 2017 CMT Awards were held last night in Nashville and televised on CMT Network. 'Nashville' star Charles Esten hosted the evening, but for viewers, it seemed that Keith Urban was the main act of the night.
Urban took home four CMT Awards including Social Superstar of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year with Carrie Underwood for “The Fighter" and Male Video of the Year for “Blue Ain't Your Color". Urban also took the top honor of the night for Video of the Year also for “Blue AIn't Your Color". Thanking his wife Nicole Kidman who proudly watched him accept the awards, he was humble and also thanked his fans. “I love making music. I love making videos. I love making records. I love writing songs. I love touring. I love what I get to do, maybe more than ever right now," he said. “Because who knows how long you get to do it?" He also performed a stripped down version of his duet with Carrie Underwood who took home Female Video of the Year. The performance of “The Fighter" which was slowed down, showcased their incredible vocal ability.
Other winners of the night were Lauren Alaina for Breakout Video of the Year for her very first no. 1 single, “The Road Less Traveled". Alaina, clearly emotional at her first country music award was grateful to the fans and to everyone who helped her get to this point in her career. Florida Georgia Line asked director TK McKamy to join them on stage for their acceptance speech after winning Duo Video of the Year and Little Big Town thanked their fans for making “Better Man" such a big hit as they accepted the award for Group Video of the Year.
Other highlights of the night included the opening number, which featured Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum standing under one spotlight, singing the first lines of “Midnight Rider" acapella, as a tribute to Gregg Allman who passed away last month. The several hockey references including Predators mascot, Gnash interacting with the artists, Ashton Kutcher, who presented an award, dropping a catfish on the stage to Underwood closing her acceptance speech simply “Go Preds." The night closed with a high energy performance where Lady Antebellum joined legends Earth, Wind and Fire to perform “You Look Good" and then “September", where the horn section was in full force.
Overall the show gave fans an entertaining evening, full of great music and great award winners. Check out all the performances from the night here as well as a photo gallery of the award show's best moments here.