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Out of the hundreds of country music videos released each year, only a few end up reaching the masses. Those elite few videos generate millions of views online, as fans relive their artistry over and over again.
While music videos are honored in their own categories at the CMA and ACM Awards, there is also a special awards ceremony dedicated to nothing but music videos and live performances.
Called the CMT Music Awards, the annual ceremony takes place every summer in Nashville during CMA Fest. And it’s unique in comparsion to other awards shows, because it’s the only that lets the winners be chosen by you…the fans!
While all the awards matter to those who win them, the most prestigious honor handed out at each ceremony is the trophy for Video of the Year.
Generally, the Video of the Year category features the top nominees from the other categories. The pool starts out large, and is eventually trimmed down to just a few videos shortly before the awards air.
When the nominees were first announced for the 2019 ceremony, they were as follows:
Fans voted for weeks leading up to the ceremony, and chose the following videos as the final nominees:
Of course, an award this big was saved for the end of the ceremony. After hours of waiting, it was finally revealed that Carrie Underwood’s “Cry Pretty” was the big winner!
Underwood was still at The Parthenon in Nashville, which is where she delivered her history-making performance of her new summertime single, “Southbound.” Presenter Kiefer Sutherland accepted her award on her behalf, and cameras cut to Underwood at the Parthenon so she could deliver a short speech.
A huge congratulations to all involved in the creation of this new Video of the Year! You can see just how spectacular it is by watching it below.