Carrie Underwood takes video of year at CMT Awards
Carrie Underwood appears in the audience at the 2013 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carrie Underwood's awesome week got off to a roaring start at the CMT Music Awards.
Underwood won top honor video of the year Wednesday night for "Blown Away," capping the evening with an emotional tribute to Oklahoma tornado victims before taking the fan-voted award for the second year in a row. Miranda Lambert and Florida Georgia Line were the night's top winners with two awards apiece.
"The good Lord has been very good to me — well, to all of us in this room — for a very long time," Underwood told the crowd after the win.
Underwood — the top winner in CMT Awards history with 10 belt buckles, including four for video of the year — also is celebrating the opening of a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit and five years with the Grand Ole Opry. She'll close down the Country Music Association Festival on Sunday night. All of this comes less than two weeks after joining the Rolling Stones in Toronto on May 25 — the eighth anniversary of her win on "American Idol."
FILE - This April 7, 2013 file photo shows Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, of the musical group Florida Georgia Line at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Florida Georgia Line thought they were riding the whirlwind when their first single improbably made it to the top of the country charts late last year. Now that rapper Nelly has entered the picture and "Cruise" is rocketing up the pop charts, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have discovered _ like Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and a few other country acts over the years _ there's nothing like the ride of a crossover hit. (Photo by Al Powers/Invision/AP, file)
It was "Idol" that gave Underwood her close relationship with fans, and they continue to show up for her.
"It's crazy and it's amazing and it's all about the fans," Underwood said backstage before leaning against the wall to chat with Lenny Kravitz. "It still blows my mind."
The night belonged to Lambert and FGL before Underwood's flourish at the finish.
The duo of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley won breakthrough video and duo video of the year on their breakthrough hit "Cruise," then performed a remixed version of the song with rapper Nelly to close the show.
The breezy, easy-grooving "Cruise" pushed the duo to country stardom last year. Their remix with Nelly moved into the top five on Billboard's Hot 100 pop songs list this week, making it the rare country crossover hit and an early candidate for song of the summer.
"That came from the songwriting gods themselves," Hubbard said backstage after the show. "We wrote that song with a couple of buddies a few years back. It started at our house. We watched it go from the living room to the stage to the studio to the radio, and it's just continued to build. It's been a wild thing to watch."