Carrie Underwood wins at CMT Awards, Tanya Tucker performs

2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_13280 Dan Smyers, left, and Shay Mooney, of Dan + Shay, arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_33415 Carrie Underwood arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_75742 Carrie Underwood, left, and Mike Fisher arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_96800 Dierks Bentley arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_91331 Luke Bryan arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_07281 Maren Morris arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_09577 Trisha Yearwood arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_48528 Chris Sullivan, left, and Rachel Reichard arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_36032 Katelyn Jae, left, and Kane Brown arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_55189 Kimberly Schlapman, from left, Phillip Sweet, Karen Fairchild, and Jimi Westbrook, of Little Big Town, arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_82066 Thomas Rhett arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_24061 Jimmie Allen arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_22540 Leon Bridges arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_91141 Julia Michaels arrives at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Arrivals_21555 Tanya Tucker, left, and Brandi Carlile arrive at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Sanford Myers)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Show_99084 Carrie Underwood, left, and Mike Fisher appear in the audience at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Show_43733 Carrie Underwood accepts the award for female video of the year for "Love Wins" at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
2019_CMT_Music_Awards_-_Show_87572 Carrie Underwood, left, accepts the award for female video of the year from presenter Trisha Yearwood at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this April 7, 2019 file photo Carrie Underwood poses at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. Underwood is the queen of the CMT Music Awards: the singer has the most wins in the show’s history with 18 and could take home more trophies Wednesday night, June 5. Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” is nominated for the top prize - video of the year - while her clip for “Love Wins” is up for female video of the year. She will also perform at the fan-voted show, which honors the year’s best country music videos. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2018 file photo, Jimi Westbrook, from left, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman and Phillip Sweet of Little Big Town arrive at the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year tribute honoring Fleetwood Mac at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. The group, who are nominated for two awards and will perform live, are returning for a second year as hosts of CMT Music Award. The show will air live on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
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Carrie Underwood extended her run as the most decorated act in the history of the CMT Music Awards with her 20th win Wednesday night.

Underwood won two prizes at the fan-voted show, including video of the year for “Cry Pretty” and female video of the year for “Love Wins.”

“Fans, thank you so much. I saw you guys doing the Twitter parties and getting together and doing your thing and voting,” she said. “None of us would be able to do any of what we do if not for you guys. You guys put us here. You guys keep us going. You guys let us live out our dreams.”

When she won the first televised award of the night, Underwood acknowledged her husband’s birthday (she is married to former hockey player Mike Fisher, who sat in the audience).

“It is my husband’s birthday today — look what they got you,” she said.

The Grammy-winning country star also performed at the show honoring the year’s best country music videos, which took place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town and Trombone Shorty kicked off the event with a performance of “Don’t Threaten Me With a Good Time.” More collaborative performances followed: Brett Young sang “Here Tonight” with Boyz II Men, even blending in some of the R&B group’s “Water Runs Dry” for the performance. Sheryl Crow and Maren Morris teamed up onstage, while Tanya Tucker — whose new album will be produced by Brandi Carlile — sang “Delta Dawn” with the Grammy-winning Americana singer, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Lauren Alaina and more acts.

Little Big Town, who also performed and returned for a second year as hosts of the show, talked about the lack of female singers on country radio ahead of the strong female performance. On this week’s Billboard country airplay chart — which tracks radio airplay — only 10 of the 60 slots belong to women or songs co-starring a woman.

“Back in December it was even worse — there were none,” Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild said. “Here’s my question, ladies in the house: ‘What do we have to do to get some airplay around here?'”

Little Big Town told jokes at the top of the show and even sang some of “Old Town Road,” the No. 1 country-rap hit from newcomer Lil Nas X that was booted from the Billboard country songs chart when the tune was deemed not country enough.

Dan + Shay — who won a Grammy this year as well as honors at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards — kept their year of winning alive by taking home duo video of the year for “Speechless.”

Shay Mooney thanked “the real stars of the video” — their wives — when they accepted the award.

Zac Brown Band won group video of the year for “Someone I Used to Know” and its frontman was passionate as he read his speech from a paper.

“For you young artists, have courage to stand up against the machine, be yourself, work hard and one day you can stand up here and tell all the haters to ‘(expletive) off,'” Zac Brown said.

When Ashley McBryde won breakthrough video of the year, she took a drink from Luke Combs as she walked to the stage.

“I’m always awkward and I usually bring my drink with me, but I didn’t have a drink so I took Luke Combs’ drink,” said McBryde, who scored Grammy and Emmy nominations this year.

Keith Urban and Julia Michaels — the pop singer who has co-written hits for Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and herself — won collaborative video of the year for “Coming Home,” while Kane Brown won male video of the year for “Lose It.”

Luke Combs and R&B singer Leon Bridges — who won his first Grammy this year — won CMT performance of the year for “Beautiful Crazy” from the series “CMT Crossroads.”

“First off, my beautiful fiancé Nicole,” Combs said, “thank you for inspiring this song.”

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