Carrie Underwood Wins Top Prize at CMT Awards and Co-Host Kane Brown the Only Double Honoree


June 10, 2021

By Vick Regan

Carrie Underwood and John Legend won video of the year at Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards for their song “Hallelujah,” from last year in her Christmas album.  

A grateful Underwood told the absent Legend, “Congratulations on what I think is your first CMT Award!” 

The spirit of the song carried through to the performances on the show, with collaborative numbers including H.E.R. performing with Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight being joined by Mickey Guyton and Breland, Kelsea Ballerini joining forces with LANY’s Paul Jason Klein and Underwood teaming up with the band Needtobreath.  

Co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown both picked up trophies in the fan-voted honors, with the latter singer happening to be the only double-winner of the night. For male video of the year(“Worship you”) and Collaborative video(“Famous Friends, with Chris Young). 

Ballerini won for CMT performance of the year for a showcase number from last year’s awards show, “The Other Girl,” a duet with Halsey.  

The special CMT Equal Play Award was given to 80-year-old Linda Martell, who in 1969 became the first black women to play the Grand Ole Opry for to hit the airplay charts. 

Dylan Scott won in the freshman category for “Nobody,” and Little Big Town picked up duo/group of the year for  “Wine, Beer, and Whiskey.”  

An award to Gabby Barrett for female video of the year(for “The Good Ones”) was accepted by presenter Knight after Barrett couldn’t attend because of “personal circumstances.”  

The only other absentee winner was Taylor Swift., coming out on top in a category that was added in the final days but presented off camera, best family feature for the old-VHS-footage-filled video for “The Best Day(Swifts version).” 

Complete List of Winners:  

Video of the year: Carrie Underwood with John Legend- “Hallelujah” 

Female video of the year: Gabby Barrett - “The Good Ones” 

Male video of the year: Kane Brown - Worship You” 

Duo/Group video of the year: Little Big Town - “Wine, Beer, Whiskey” 

Breakthrough video of the year: Dylan Scott – “Nobody”  

Collaborative video of the year: Chris Young and Kane Brown – “Famous Friends.”  

CMT performance of the year: Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey – “The Other Girl” 

Best family feature: Taylor Swift – “The Best Day(Swifts Version)”