The star-studded CMT Music Awards leave plenty of memories
The 2014 CMT Music Awards got off to a rocking start with the legendary ZZ Top – then with a literal flash/bang, Florida Georgia Line arrived to get into it with “This Is How We Roll.” Luke Bryan launched onto the stage – again, literally – before the crew was joined by Jason Derulo…and while people seemed to enjoy, we’ll never understand why a hip hop song belongs on a country show. Proving the point – a VERY awkward transition back to “This Is How We Roll” to close the opening segment. And then – the madness was ON:
- First Award for Group Video of the Year was presented by Jason Aldean and Brooklyn Decker. The Band Perry took the buckle trophy for “Done.”
- Danielle Bradberry took the stage next to offer up a performance of “Young In America.” Not the whole thing, but a chunk of it. And she looked lovely, so there’s that.
- The ever-so-adorable Hunter Hayes was the next performer on tap. He offered up spirited rendition of “Tattoo” surrounded by blue glow lights.
- An affable Blake Shelton presented Cassadee Pope with Breakthrough Video of the Year honors for “Wasting All These Tears.”
- A returned-to-blonde Carrie Underwood introduced the AMAZING performance of “Livin’ On Love,” from Lee Ann Womack and Kacey Musgraves, which was offered in honor of Alan Jackson. The man himself and his wife, Denise, looked on very appreciatively from the audience. And gave it a standing ovation. Carrie then presented Alan with the first-ever Impact Award. A fairly emotional Alan accepted – and any real fan of country music had to be screaming/cheering him on as loud as the assembled crowd.
- Kate Walsh presented the Male Video of the Year buckle to Blake Shelton for “Doin What She Likes.” He hugged on Luke Bryan something fierce before making his way to the stage to accept.
- ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill returned to introduced another favorite performance of the night: Keith Urban “at the famed Bluebird Café.” Urban’s dialed-down rendition of “Cop Car” couldn’t have been more perfect…except for when the walls came apart and revealed that Keith was actually in the middle of the Bridgestone Arena. And yes, his adoring wife cheered him on. Take that naysayers.
- A barefoot Jake Owen offered a rollicking outdoor performance of “Beachin’.” Summer anyone? It was immediately followed by Eric Church, who literally tore. It. UP. With Lzzy Hale of Halestorm on the song, “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” One word: Amazeballs.
- Keith Urban and Kacey Musgraves took the stage to present the ‘buckle’ for Performance Video of the Year. Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie took it home. Luke positively gushed all over Lionel – we get it and it showed total class to a righteous legend. Way to go, Luke.
- The performance of “All of Me” from Jennifer Nettles and John Legend? Stunning. Hunter Hayes played guitar on it, but whatever – no one could take their eyes of Jennifer or John.
- Motley Crue’s Vince Neil and Sara Evans handed out the buckle for Collaborative Video of the Year to Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. A jubilant acceptance speech thanking fans, the suits and God showcased the hardcore bromance that these guys do rock with serious style and swag.
- Brantley Gilbert – awash in lights and flash pots – growled his way through a performance of “Bottoms Up.” Oh, and smoke. But hey, anyone who can back flip off a drum riser like that deserves props.
- And did anyone really think Luke Bryan would groove his way through a performance of “Play It Again?” Surely not. Heck, we’re just impressed that he made it through the crowd without getting his shirt ripped off. To be honest, so did he.
- With Ms. Thang/Hillary Scott looking FIERCE and fabulous, Lady Antebellum offered up a fantabulous rendition of their new single, “Bartender.”
- Speaking of fierceness – that’s how we would describe Miranda Lambert, who looked INSANE as she accepted the buckle trophy for Female Video of the Year over “Automatic.” And say what you will about the gossip rags, but Miranda, you aren’t doing yourself ANY favors when you head for the stage to accept your trophy and go back to kiss your husband – on the cheek. And then, when you give your speech, you thank and say you love everyone BUT him. Just sayin.
- Offering their first televised performance of “Day Drinkin’,” Little Big Town rocked a white set that saw SERIOUS color. How much color? A whole rainbow’s worth. Think Color Run and you’ll have an idea. Love them – and the new song – so.
- Blake Shelton hit his Pepsi-fied outdoor stage setup to roll through a performance of his hit “Boys Round Here.” And that was before his little fireworks show.
- With Solo cup in hand (thank you Jay DeMarcus), Rascal Flatts playfully presented the Duo Video of the Year to Florida Georgia Line for their romp “Round Here.” Brian Kelley noted plans to “party tonight” and we have no doubt they DID.
- It is NO surprise that everyone in the Bridgestone Arena – and probably at home, too – went totally mental over Miranda and Carrie’s performance of “Something Bad.” It was ALL good. Or bad – depending on the term you want to use. It was awesomesauce – that’s all there is to it!
- Carrie scooted from the performance stage to the main to accept her Video of the Year honors for “See You Again.”
…which is what we’ll do NEXT year!
The 2014 CMT Music Awards Winners List
Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood - "See You Again"
Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton - "Doin' What She Likes"
Female Video of the Year
Miranda Lambert - "Automatic"
Group Video of the Year
The Band Perry, "Done"
Duo Video of the Year
Florida Georgia Line - "Round Here"
Breakthrough Video of the Year
Cassadee Pope - "Wasting All These Tears"
Collaborative Video of the Year
Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan - "This Is How We Roll"
CMT Performance of the Year
Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie - "Oh No/All Night Long"
(from the 2013 “CMT Artists of the Year” show)
CMT Impact Award