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CMT Awards: Sam Hunt breaks through, Carrie Underwood shines

Buckles were handed out last night at the CMT Awards, and it looks like Carrie Underwood has the most in her closet!

She took home three awards last night for video of the year, female video of the year and collaborative video of the year with Miranda Lambert. That brings her grand total to 13. She has nabbed more CMT Buckles than any other country artist so far.

In her acceptance speech for video of the year for Something in the Water, she thanked her fans and all country fans. “”I mean, Country music has the best fans in the world, but I definitely have the best of the best of the best,” she said.

It may have been Carrie’s first live performance since the birth of her son Isaiah, but it sure didn’t show. Woo, that girl can sang. She rocked the stage with her new single Little Toy Guns.

 The live feed from Bridgestone Arena on the eve of the CMA Music Festival also included performances from big stars and nominees such as Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Reba, Darius Rucker, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Jake Owen, Lady Antebellum and Sam Hunt.

Speaking of Sam Hunt…

Sam Hunt has already had an incredible breakthrough year with his unique pop country style and multiple No. 1 hits, but why not cap it off with a big win? Hunt went home with a buckle for breakthrough video of the year for Leave the Night On from his debut album Montevello. 

He was thankful for the win. “Just a couple of years ago, I was standing right down here for this award show,” Hunt said, pointing down in front of the stage.” “I appreciate y’all,” Hunt added.

Hunt’s video clip beat out Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine and Whiskey, Kelsea Ballerini’s Love Me Like You Mean It, Maddie & Tae’s Girl in a Country Song, RaeLynn’s God Made Girls and Chase Rice’s Gonna Wanna Tonight. 

Missed the awards? Here’s a full list of last night’s buckle winners:

Video of the Year
Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood

Male Video of the Year
Play It Again, Luke Bryan

Female Video of the Year
Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood

Group Video of the Year
Bartender, Lady Antebellum

Duo Video of the Year
Dirt, Florida Georgia Line

Collaborative Video of the Year
Somethin’ Bad, Miranda Lambert with Carrie Underwood

CMT Performance of the Year
Turn the Page, Bob Seger and Jason Aldean, from CMT Crossroads: Bob Seger and Jason Aldean

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Leave the Night On, Sam Hunt

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