Country music’s biggest stars were out in force on Monday to honor the genre’s best music with the return of the CMT Music Awards.

The hitmakers were dressed in their finest as they arrived at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Country superstar Carrie Underwood put on a leggy display in a short purple dress, while Maren Morris rocked a skimpy mirrored top and Miranda Lambert shimmered in a plunging blue dress.

Carrie, who’s nominated for two awards, was decked out in a striking purple mini dress.

The look featured a modest slit to showcase her tanned and toned legs, and it was decorated with a leopard-print pattern. 

The lustrous figure-hugging dress included both slim shoulder straps and halter straps reaching up from her cleavage.

She stood tall in shiny black heels and stuck to the shimmering theme with her glittering black clutch.

Her husband Mike Fisher went more casual with a black suit, a white T-shirt and white trainers. 

Legs for days: The look featured a modest slit to showcase her tanned and toned legs

Glamorous: Carrie, who’s nominated for two awards, was decked out in a striking purple mini dress. The look featured a modest slit to showcase her tanned and toned legs

Fierce: Her dress was decorated with a leopard-print pattern

Eye-catching: The lustrous figure-hugging dress included both slim shoulder straps and halter straps reaching up from her cleavage

Fierce: Her dress was decorated with a leopard-print pattern. The lustrous figure-hugging dress included both slim shoulder straps and halter straps reaching up from her cleavage

Altitude: She stood tall in shiny black heels and stuck to the shimmering theme with her glittering black clutch

Altitude: She stood tall in shiny black heels and stuck to the shimmering theme with her glittering black clutch

Low key: Her husband Mike Fisher went more casual with a black suit, a white T-shirt and white trainers

Low key: Her husband Mike Fisher went more casual with a black suit, a white T-shirt and white trainers

Maren’s shimmering crop top was covered in glowing mirrored panels and featured slim matching straps.

It highlighted her toned toned midriff, and she contrasted it with a lustrous red satin skirt with a modest train trailing her. 

The hitmaker completed her look with pointy open-toe heels that were nearly covered up by her outfit, and she wore her highlighted brunette locks in delicate waves cascading down her shoulders.

She was joined by husband Ryan Hurd, who looked stylish in a mauve suit with a tie-free white shirt.

Glowing: Maren's shimmering crop top was covered in glowing mirrored panels and featured slim matching straps

Fit figure: It highlighted her toned toned midriff

Glowing: Maren’s shimmering crop top was covered in glowing mirrored panels and featured slim matching straps. It highlighted her toned toned midriff

 

Woman in red: She contrasted her top with a lustrous red satin skirt with a modest train trailing her

Woman in red: She contrasted her top with a lustrous red satin skirt with a modest train trailing her

Stunner: The hitmaker completed her look with pointy open-toe heels that were nearly covered up by her outfit, and she wore her highlighted brunette locks in delicate waves cascading down her shoulders

Stunner: The hitmaker completed her look with pointy open-toe heels that were nearly covered up by her outfit, and she wore her highlighted brunette locks in delicate waves cascading down her shoulders

Cute couple: She was joined by husband Ryan Hurd, who looked stylish in a mauve suit with a tie-free white shirt

Cute couple: She was joined by husband Ryan Hurd, who looked stylish in a mauve suit with a tie-free white shirt

Sweet: The lovebirds gazed affectionately into each other's eyes on the red carpet

Sweet: The lovebirds gazed affectionately into each other’s eyes on the red carpet

Miranda Lambert looked lovely in a short dress covered in tiny sparkling studs.

She put on a busty display in the plunging item, which was ruched around her midriff, and she added some height with metallic pink heels.

Her husband Brendan McLoughlin looked stylish in a blue velvet tuxedo.

They were pictured with Leslie Frame, who wore a sleeveless black jumpsuit. 

Sparkler: Miranda Lambert looked lovely in a short dress covered in tiny sparkling studs. She put on a busty display in the plunging item, which was ruched around her midriff

Sparkler: Miranda Lambert looked lovely in a short dress covered in tiny sparkling studs. She put on a busty display in the plunging item, which was ruched around her midriff

Matching: Her husband Brendan McLoughlin looked stylish in a blue velvet tuxedo

Matching: Her husband Brendan McLoughlin looked stylish in a blue velvet tuxedo

Standing tall: Miranda added some height with metallic pink heels. They were pictured with Leslie Frame, who wore a sleeveless black jumpsuit

Standing tall: Miranda added some height with metallic pink heels. They were pictured with Leslie Frame, who wore a sleeveless black jumpsuit

LeAnn Rimes was effortlessly elegant in her striking white dress.

The look was strikingly designed, with one shoulder exposed and another covered, and the dress featured irregularly shaped cutouts highlighting her cleavage. 

The outfit was decorated with a swirl of pearls and beads over her chest and shoulders.

She had on a studded white bodysuit underneath the sheer dress, which was draped down to the floor.

The singer carried a gleaming white clutch, and she wore her blond hair parted down the middle and swept back. 

Gorgeous: The look was strikingly designed, with one shoulder exposed and another covered, and the dress featured irregularly shaped cutouts highlighting her cleavage.

Gorgeous: The look was strikingly designed, with one shoulder exposed and another covered, and the dress featured irregularly shaped cutouts highlighting her cleavage.

Fancy: The outfit was decorated with a swirl of pearls and beads over her chest and shoulders. She had on a studded white bodysuit underneath the sheer dress, which was draped down to the floor

Fancy: The outfit was decorated with a swirl of pearls and beads over her chest and shoulders. She had on a studded white bodysuit underneath the sheer dress, which was draped down to the floor

Delicate: The singer carried a gleaming white clutch, and she wore her blond hair parted down the middle and swept back

Delicate: The singer carried a gleaming white clutch, and she wore her blond hair parted down the middle and swept back

Four's a crowd: The quartet of Little Big Town arrived in a variety of striking looks

Four’s a crowd: The quartet of Little Big Town arrived in a variety of striking looks

Low key: Philip Sweet had on a black jacket and jeans with a leopard-print shirt, while Jimi Westbrook wore a black velvet blazer with black jeans, a matching sweater and black suede boots

Low key: Philip Sweet had on a black jacket and jeans with a leopard-print shirt, while Jimi Westbrook wore a black velvet blazer with black jeans, a matching sweater and black suede boots

Woman in red: Kimberly Schlapman looked vivacious in a short ruched red-and-blue floral print dress, and she towered in a set of red platform heels

Contrast: Karen Fairchild wore a shimmering silver mini dress decorated with slim black stripes. She elevated her stature with black heels decorated with intriguing spiked straps

Contrasts: Kimberly Schlapman looked vivacious in a short ruched red-and-blue floral print dress, and she towered in a set of red platform heels. Karen Fairchild contrasted her with a shimmering silver mini dress decorated with slim black stripes. She elevated her stature with black heels decorated with intriguing spiked straps

The quartet of Little Big Town arrived in a variety of striking looks.

Kimberly Schlapman looked vivacious in a short ruched red-and-blue floral print dress, and she towered in a set of red platform heels.

Karen Fairchild contrasted her with a shimmering silver mini dress decorated with slim black stripes. She elevated her stature with black heels decorated with intriguing spiked straps.

Philip Sweet had on a black jacket and jeans with a leopard-print shirt, while Jimi Westbrook wore a black velvet blazer with black jeans, a matching sweater and black suede boots.

Lovely: Mickey Guyton flashed her infectious smile as she hit the red carpet in a lovely sheer white dress

Decorated: It featured a plunging neckline and and was covered with beaded floral designs

Lovely: Mickey Guyton flashed her infectious smile as she hit the red carpet in a lovely sheer white dress. It featured a plunging neckline and and was decorated with beaded floral designs

Playful: CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King livened things up with her hot pink ensemble, which featured a sequined jumpsuit with a sheer white coat decorated with pink circular embroidered designs

Playful: CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King livened things up with her hot pink ensemble, which featured a sequined jumpsuit with a sheer white coat decorated with pink circular embroidered designs

Leading men: Marvel star Anthony Mackie, who is co-hosting the show, looked dapper in a gray–blue suit with thorny brown leather shoes

Having a laugh: Joining him was Community star Joel McHale, who wore a brown leather jacket with a low-key gray ribbed shirt and black jeans, along with weathered brown boots

Leading men: Marvel star Anthony Mackie, who is co-hosting the show, looked dapper in a gray–blue suit with thorny brown leather shoes. Joining him was Community star Joel McHale, who wore a brown leather jacket with a low-key gray ribbed shirt and black jeans, along with weathered brown boots

Star power: The two actors added some Hollywood glamour to the musical event

Star power: The two actors added some Hollywood glamour to the musical event

Mickey Guyton flashed her infectious smile as she hit the red carpet in a lovely sheer white dress. It featured a plunging neckline and and was decorated with beaded floral designs. 

CBS Mornings co-host Gayle King livened things up with her hot pink ensemble, which featured a sequined jumpsuit with a sheer white coat decorated with pink circular embroidered designs. 

Marvel star Anthony Mackie, who is co-hosting the show, looked dapper in a gray–blue suit with thorny brown leather shoes.

Joining him was Community star Joel McHale, who wore a brown leather jacket with a low-key gray ribbed shirt and black jeans, along with weathered brown boots.

The two actors added some Hollywood glamour to the musical event. 

Poised to win: Kane Brown, who has the most nominations tonight, looked dapper in a burgundy suit with a brown satin shirt left open to reveal his chest tattoos

Poised to win: Kane Brown, who has the most nominations tonight, looked dapper in a burgundy suit with a brown satin shirt left open to reveal his chest tattoos

Coupled up: His wife Katelyn Jae Brown glowed in a violet satin minidress with a single shoulder strap. She carried a black pouch handbag covered in studs and she wore open-toe mule heels

Coupled up: His wife Katelyn Jae Brown glowed in a violet satin minidress with a single shoulder strap. She carried a black pouch handbag covered in studs and she wore open-toe mule heels

Kiss: The lovebirds couldn't hold back their passion on the red carpet

Kiss: The lovebirds couldn’t hold back their passion on the red carpet

Having a blast: Kane was grinning ear-to-ear as he joined rapper Nelly

Having a blast: Kane was grinning ear-to-ear as he joined rapper Nelly

Casual: The Ride Wit Me rapper wore a black leather studded vest over a sleeveless black hoodie and a white T-shirt. He looked relaxed in patched-up gray jeans and white-and-gray Nikes

Casual: The Ride Wit Me rapper wore a black leather studded vest over a sleeveless black hoodie and a white T-shirt. He looked relaxed in patched-up gray jeans and white-and-gray Nikes

Kane Brown, who has the most nominations tonight, looked dapper in a burgundy suit with a brown satin shirt left open to reveal his chest tattoos.

His wife Katelyn Jae Brown glowed in a violet satin minidress with a single shoulder strap. She carried a black pouch handbag covered in studs and she wore open-toe mule heels.

Kane was grinning ear-to-ear as he joined rapper Nelly.

The Ride Wit Me rapper wore a black leather studded vest over a sleeveless black hoodie and a white T-shirt. He looked relaxed in patched-up gray jeans and white-and-gray Nikes.

Improvising: Kelsea Ballerini was supposed to co-host in person until she revealed hours before the show that she had tested positive for COVID-19, so she was forced to co-host remotely from home with her own red carpet.

Improvising: Kelsea Ballerini was supposed to co-host in person until she revealed hours before the show that she had tested positive for COVID-19, so she was forced to co-host remotely from home with her own red carpet.

Suited up: She wore a shimmering silver bandeau with a white suit featuring matching silver lapels

Fancy footwear: The country singer added pointy silver heels with large jewel-studded bows over the toes

Suited up: She wore a shimmering silver bandeau with a white suit featuring matching silver lapels. The country singer added pointy silver heels with large jewel-studded bows over the toes

Coupled up: Dennis Quaid was looking youthful in a lustrous gray tuxedo jacket with black jeans and silver-and-blue boots, while his wife Laura Savoie wore a classic black dress

Coupled up: Dennis Quaid was looking youthful in a lustrous gray tuxedo jacket with black jeans and silver-and-blue boots, while his wife Laura Savoie wore a classic black dress

From the future: The singer Monica, who was performing at the ceremony, looked chic in a space-age ensemble with a busty black shoulder shrug and a high-waisted black leather skirt

From the future: The singer Monica, who was performing at the ceremony, looked chic in a space-age ensemble with a busty black shoulder shrug and a high-waisted black leather skirt

Kelsea Ballerini was supposed to co-host in person until she revealed hours before the show that she had tested positive for COVID-19, so she was forced to co-host remotely from home with her own red carpet.

She wore a shimmering silver bandeau with a white suit featuring matching silver lapels.

The country singer added pointy silver heels with large jewel-studded bows over the toes. 

Dennis Quaid was looking youthful in a lustrous gray tuxedo jacket with black jeans and silver-and-blue boots, while his wife Laura Savoie wore a classic black dress. 

The singer Monica, who was performing at the ceremony, looked chic in a space-age ensemble with a busty black shoulder shrug and a high-waisted black leather skirt.

Showing off: Jessie James Decker flashed a winning smile as she put on a sultry display in a beige ruched dress. The look featured stunning cutouts over her cleavage and midriff and highlighted her tanned legs

Showing off: Jessie James Decker flashed a winning smile as she put on a sultry display in a beige ruched dress. The look featured stunning cutouts over her cleavage and midriff and highlighted her tanned legs

Coupled up: She looked affectionate with her husband Eric Decker, who wore a smart blue suit

Coupled up: She looked affectionate with her husband Eric Decker, who wore a smart blue suit

Family: The Judds were back together for the first time in years as they arrived at the CMT Music Awards, ahead of their final tour

Family: The Judds were back together for the first time in years as they arrived at the CMT Music Awards, ahead of their final tour

Back in black: Wynnona Judd looked glamorous in a black velvet jacket with a lacy black top underneath and matching slacks

Back in black: Wynnona Judd looked glamorous in a black velvet jacket with a lacy black top underneath and matching slacks

Barbie style: Her mother Naomi Judd looked festive in a pink gown with a voluminous skirt and a towering beehive hairdo

Barbie style: Her mother Naomi Judd looked festive in a pink gown with a voluminous skirt and a towering beehive hairdo 

Jessie James Decker flashed a winning smile as she put on a sultry display in a beige ruched dress. The look featured stunning cutouts over her cleavage and midriff and highlighted her tanned legs. 

She looked affectionate with her husband Eric Decker, who wore a smart blue suit.

The Judds were back together for the first time in years as they arrived at the CMT Music Awards, ahead of their final tour.

Wynnona Judd looked glamorous in a black velvet jacket with a lacy black top underneath and matching slacks, while her mother Naomi Judd looked festive in a pink gown with a voluminous skirt and a towering beehive hairdo.

Seeing green: Carly Pearce was decked out in a sequin-covered dress in a dark forest green shade with a high slit

Lightened up: Priscilla Block opted for a bright green sequined suit with a matching blouse

Seeing green: Both Carly Pearce and Priscilla Block arrived in sparkling green outfits. Carly was decked out in a sequin-covered dress in a dark forest green shade with a high slit, while Priscilla opted for a bright green sequined suit with a matching blouse

Contrast: Thomas Rhett wore a stylish powder-blue plaid blazer with black jeans and dark brown boots, while his wife Lauren Akin put on a spring-ready display in a plunging pink floral-print dress

Contrast: Thomas Rhett wore a stylish powder-blue plaid blazer with black jeans and dark brown boots, while his wife Lauren Akin put on a spring-ready display in a plunging pink floral-print dress

Both Carly Pearce and Priscilla Block arrived in sparkling green outfits.

Carly was decked out in a sequin-covered dress in a dark forest green shade with a high slit and matching open-toe heels.

Priscilla opted for a bright green sequined suit with a matching blouse.

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins looked as loved-up as ever as they arrived together.

He wore a stylish powder-blue plaid blazer with black jeans and dark brown boots, while she put on a spring-ready display in a plunging pink floral-print dress.

Coworkers: TV and radio host Cody Alan stood out in a black blazer with cloud-like white blotches, along with a matching shirt, tie and slim jeans. He  was joined by his cohost Carissa Culiner, who hypnotized in a crimson dress decorated with diamond-shaped patterns

Coworkers: TV and radio host Cody Alan stood out in a black blazer with cloud-like white blotches, along with a matching shirt, tie and slim jeans. He  was joined by his cohost Carissa Culiner, who hypnotized in a crimson dress decorated with diamond-shaped patterns

On point: Carissa had a sash that dangled to the ground, and she matched her dress with crimson suede heels

On point: Carissa had a sash that dangled to the ground, and she matched her dress with crimson suede heels

Pretty in pink: The singer Sophia Scott was unmissable in a hot pink suit with massive pearl-covered buttons

She paired it with flared pants and an intriguing handbag in a circular jeweled frame with a white pearl handle

Pretty in pink: The singer Sophia Scott was unmissable in a hot pink suit with massive pearl-covered buttons. She paired it with flared pants and an intriguing handbag in a circular jeweled frame with a white pearl handle

Flower power: Former pageant queen Rachel Smith kept her look reserved with a short black dress decorated with pink and lavender floral designs, along with black heels

Flower power: Former pageant queen Rachel Smith kept her look reserved with a short black dress decorated with pink and lavender floral designs, along with black heels

The TV and radio host Cody Alan stood out in a black blazer with cloud-like white blotches, along with a matching black shirt, tie and slim jeans, plus a black baseball cap. 

He also had on a set of black boots that looked as if they had trudged through some mud on the way to the show.

Cody was joined by his regular cohost Carissa Culiner, who hypnotized in a crimson dress decorated with diamond-shaped patterns, along with matching crimson suede heels.

The singer Sophia Scott was unmissable in a hot pink suit with massive pearl-covered buttons. She paired it with flared pants and an intriguing handbag in a circular jeweled frame with a white pearl handle.

Former pageant queen Rachel Smith kept her look reserved with a short black dress decorated with pink and lavender floral designs, along with black heels. 

CMT Music Awards Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Brandi Carlile – Right On Time

Cody Johnson – ‘Til You Can’t

Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson – Never Say Never

Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood – If I Didn’t Love You

Kacey Musgraves – justified

Kane Brown – One Mississippi

Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney – half of my hometown

Luke Combs – Forever After All

Maren Morris – Circles Around This Town

Mickey Guyton – Remember Her Name

Miranda Lambert – If I Was A Cowboy

Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton – I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Brandi Carlile – Right On Time

Gabby Barrett – Footprints On The Moon

Kacey Musgraves – justified

Maren Morris – Circles Around This Town

Mickey Guyton – Remember Her Name

Miranda Lambert – If I Was A Cowboy

Tenille Arts – Back Then, Right Now

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Cody Johnson – ‘Til You Can’t

Eric Church – Heart On Fire

Kane Brown – One Mississippi

Luke Bryan – Waves

Luke Combs – Forever After All

Thomas Rhett – Country Again

Walker Hayes – Fancy Like

GROUP/DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Brothers Osborne – I’m Not For Everyone

Dan + Shay – Steal My Love

Maddie & Tae – Woman You Got

Old Dominion – I Was On a Boat That Day

Parmalee – Take My Name

Zac Brown Band – Same Boat

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR, Presented by SONIC® 

BRELAND – Cross Country

Caitlyn Smith feat. Old Dominion – I Can’t

Elvie Shane – My Boy

Parker McCollum – To Be Loved By You

Priscilla Block – Just About Over You

Tenille Arts – Back Then, Right Now

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR 

Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde – Never Wanted To Be That Girl

Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter – Thinking ‘Bout You

Nelly & Florida Georgia Line – Lil Bit

Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood – If I Didn’t Love You

Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley – Freedom Was A Highway

Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan – Buy Dirt

Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney – half of my hometown

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 

Brothers Osborne – Muskrat Greene/Dead Man’s Curve Medley (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

George Strait – Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone (from CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride)

H.E.R. feat. Chris Stapleton – Hold On (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)

Kane Brown – Three Wooden Crosses (from 2021 CMT Artists of the Year)

Kelsea Ballerini feat. Paul Klein of LANY – I Quit Drinking (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)

Mickey Guyton feat. Gladys Knight & BRELAND – Friendship Train (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)

Nelly feat. Kane Brown, Blanco Brown & BRELAND – Ride Wit Me (from CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends)

CMT DIGITAL-FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 

Brittney Spencer Sober & Skinny (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

Carly Pearce – Dear Miss Loretta (from CMT :60 Songs)

Cody Johnson – Dear Rodeo (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

Jon Pardi On The Other Hand / Forever and Ever, Amen (in honor of 2021 CMT Artist of a Lifetime Randy Travis)

Josh Turner LIVE (from CMT KickBack)

Lainey Wilson – Things A Man Oughta Know (from the CMT Studio)  



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