CMT Music Awards

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CMT Music Awards
Current: 2022 CMT Music Awards
Awarded forAchievements in country music videos voted on by fans
LocationNashville, Tennessee
CountryUnited States
Presented byVarious
First awarded1967 (as Music City News Awards)
Television/radio coverage

The CMT Music Awards is a fan-voted awards show for country music videos and television performances. The awards ceremony is held every year in Nashville, Tennessee, and is broadcast live on CBS, along with CMT (Country Music Television) and other Paramount Global networks. Voting takes place on CMT's website,


Beginning in 1967, the Music City News Awards were presented yearly by the now-defunct Music City News magazine. In 1988, The Nashville Network (TNN) began a fan-voted awards show dubbed the Viewers' Choice Awards to help the network celebrate its fifth anniversary. In 1990, the two awards shows merged to become the TNN/Music City News Country Awards.

The TNN contract with Music City News ended in 1999, and the magazine ceased publication shortly thereafter. Country Weekly became the presenting sponsor of the awards show in 2000, and the show was known as Country Weekly presents the TNN Music Awards. In 2001, as TNN began to phase out its association with country music, the decision was made to shift the awards show to sister network CMT. The 2001 show was simulcast on both networks and was called the TNN/CMT Country Weekly Music Awards. When the show moved permanently to CMT, Country Weekly ended its brief association with the production. During this era, viewers voted for the nominees by telephone or mail in traditional categories such as "Entertainer of the Year," "Male/Female Artist of the Year," "Song of the Year," etc. Most of the categories mirrored those on the CMA Awards and ACM Awards, except all awards were fan-voted[citation needed].

The awards show was completely retooled in 2002 to become the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, named for the network's branding concept at the time for its most popular videos. The "Flameworthy" name was coined by program development vice president Kaye Zusmann, and aimed to symbolize the waving of lighters or similar lights at concerts (this was before the current negative meaning of the word flaming from the Internet became more commonplace). The show became more production-based, rather than awards-based, and was modeled after sister network MTV's Video Music Awards. In the process, the traditional awards were shifted to specifically honor the music videos of country artists.[1]

The show included several non-traditional categories highlighting especially funny, sexy, and patriotic videos; however, these categories were phased out over the years.[2] The show further differentiated itself from the CMA Awards and ACM Awards by showcasing bluegrass performers such as Alison Krauss and Earl Scruggs.[1]

In 2003, the show was moved to April but returned to June in 2009 to coincide with the CMA Music Festival (the renamed "Fan Fair") and the influx of tourists to Nashville as well as capitalize on a time when many of the artists would already be in Nashville at once.

The name of the show was changed to CMT Music Awards in 2005, although the format remained largely the same as in previous years.[3]

In 2020, the awards were delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with that year's CMA Fest not going forward. Initially planned for October 14, a scheduling conflict with that year's Billboard Music Awards caused the ceremony to be pushed back to October 21.

On June 28, 2021, ViacomCBS announced that the CMT Music Awards would move to broadcast television on CBS beginning in 2022, and move back to April. The new scheduling competes directly with the ACM Awards, which had also been typically held in April, and had historically been broadcast by CBS;[4][5] the network subsequently declined to renew its contract to air the ACM Awards, citing declines in viewership in comparison to the rights fees being demanded by Dick Clark Productions.[6][7][8]

Major awards[edit]

Year Video of the Year Male Video of the Year Female Video of the Year Breakthrough Video of The Year
2002 Kenny Chesney – "Young" Kenny Chesney – "Young" Martina McBride – "Blessed" Chris Cagle – "I Breathe In, I Breathe Out"
2003 Toby Keith – "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)" Toby Keith – "Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue (The Angry American)" Martina McBride – "Concrete Angel" Joe Nichols – "Brokenheartsville"
2004 Toby Keith – "American Soldier" Kenny Chesney – "There Goes My Life" Shania Twain – "Forever and for Always" Dierks Bentley – "What Was I Thinkin'"
2005 Keith Urban – "Days Go By" Kenny Chesney – "I Go Back" Gretchen Wilson – "When I Think About Cheatin'" Gretchen Wilson – "Redneck Woman"
2006 Keith Urban – "Better Life" Kenny Chesney – "Who You'd Be Today" Carrie Underwood – "Jesus, Take the Wheel" Carrie Underwood – "Jesus, Take The Wheel"
2007 Carrie Underwood – "Before He Cheats" Kenny Chesney – "You Save Me" Carrie Underwood – "Before He Cheats" Taylor Swift – "Tim McGraw"
2008 Taylor Swift – "Our Song" Trace Adkins – "I Got My Game On" Taylor Swift – "Our Song" Kellie Pickler – "I Wonder"
2009 Taylor Swift – "Love Story" Brad Paisley – "Waitin' on a Woman" Taylor Swift – "Love Story" Zac Brown Band – "Chicken Fried"
2010 Carrie Underwood – "Cowboy Casanova" Keith Urban – "'Til Summer Comes Around" Miranda Lambert – "White Liar" Luke Bryan – "Do I"
2011 Taylor Swift – "Mine" Blake Shelton – "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking" Miranda Lambert – "The House That Built Me" The Band Perry – "If I Die Young"
2012 Carrie Underwood – "Good Girl" Luke Bryan – "I Don't Want This Night to End" Miranda Lambert – "Over You" Scotty McCreery – "The Trouble With Girls"
2013 Carrie Underwood – "Blown Away" Blake Shelton – "Sure Be Cool If You Did" Miranda Lambert – "Mama's Broken Heart" Florida Georgia Line – "Cruise"
2014 Carrie Underwood – "See You Again" Blake Shelton – "Doin' What She Likes" Miranda Lambert – "Automatic" Cassadee Pope – "Wasting All These Tears"
2015 Carrie Underwood – "Something in the Water" Luke Bryan – "Play It Again" Carrie Underwood – "Something in the Water" Sam Hunt – "Leave the Night On"
2016 Tim McGraw – "Humble and Kind" Thomas Rhett – "Die a Happy Man" Carrie Underwood – "Smoke Break" Chris Stapleton – "Fire Away"
2017 Keith Urban – "Blue Ain't Your Color" Keith Urban – "Blue Ain't Your Color" Carrie Underwood – "Church Bells" Lauren Alaina – "Road Less Traveled"
2018 Blake Shelton - "I'll Name the Dogs" Blake Shelton - "I'll Name the Dogs" Carrie Underwood - "The Champion" (featuring Ludacris) Carly Pearce - "Every Little Thing"
2019 Carrie Underwood - "Cry Pretty" Kane Brown - "Lose It" Carrie Underwood - "Love Wins" Ashley McBryde – "Girl Goin' Nowhere"
2020 Carrie Underwood - "Drinking Alone" Luke Bryan - "One Margarita" Carrie Underwood - "Drinking Alone" Gabby Barrett - "I Hope"
2021 Carrie Underwood - "Hallelujah" (featuring John Legend) Kane Brown - "Worship You" Gabby Barrett - "The Good Ones" Dylan Scott - "Nobody"
2022 Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood - If I Didn't Love You" Cody Johnson - "'Til You Can't" Miranda Lambert - "If I Was a Cowboy" Parker McCollum - "To Be Loved By You"

Winning records[edit]

Carrie Underwood is the most awarded artist overall in CMT Music Awards' history (2005–present), with 25 wins.[9]

By category[edit]

  • Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood; ten wins[10]
  • Male Video of the Year: Kenny Chesney; five wins[11]
  • Female Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood; eight wins[10]
  • Collaborative Video of the Year: Carrie Underwood; four wins
  • CMT Performance of the Year: Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean (tie); two wins each[10]

CMT Artists of the Year[edit]

  • 2010: Jason Aldean, Lady A, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band
  • 2011: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Lady A, Taylor Swift
  • 2012: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood
  • 2013: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Tim McGraw
  • 2014: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban
  • 2015: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Little Big Town, Blake Shelton
  • 2016: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood
  • 2017: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban
  • 2018: Kelsea Ballerini, Karen Fairchild, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kimberly Schlapman, Hillary Scott, Carrie Underwood
  • 2019: Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood
  • 2020: Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Lady A, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett,
  • 2021: Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton
  • 2022: Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Walker Hayes, Cody Johnson, Carly Pearce


  1. ^ a b Havighurst, Craig (June 12, 2002). "Front-row video". The Tennessean.
  2. ^ Cooper, Peter (May 15, 2002). "Look for sexy, funny, patriotic at CMT video awards show". The Tennessean.
  3. ^ Cooper, Peter; Brad Schmitt (April 11, 2005). "You might be a redneck if you prognosticate correctly". The Tennessean.
  4. ^ White, Peter (2021-06-28). "CMT Music Awards Move To CBS In 2022". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  5. ^ Willman, Chris (2021-06-28). "CMT Music Awards to Air on CBS Beginning in 2022". Variety. Retrieved 2021-06-28.
  6. ^ "CBS Balks at Airing 2022 Academy of Country Music Awards Over $22 Million Asking Price, Declining Ratings". TheWrap. June 16, 2021. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2021-08-19). "Academy Of Country Music Awards To Stream On Amazon Prime Video In Milestone For Award Shows". Deadline. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  8. ^ Willman, Chris (2021-08-19). "Academy of Country Music Awards Will Bypass Networks, Stream Exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in 2022". Variety. Retrieved 2021-08-19.
  9. ^ Celebretainment, By. "Carrie Underwood wins big at CMT Music Awards". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  10. ^ a b c "Carrie Underwood Is Now The Most Awarded Artist In CMT History". Forbes. 7 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Male Video of the Year winners". CMT.

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