2022 CMT Awards: Live Updates, Videos and Winners from the Country Music Award Show

by Outsider

Outsider is on location at the 2022 CMT Awards in Nashville, and we are here to keep all country music fans in the loop as the award ceremony goes down. This will be constantly updated during the events, performances, and awards tonight. Follow along!

What to know before the 2022 CMT Awards:

Updates (reverse chronological order, updated during the event):

Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean win Video of the Year.

1883 stars Faith Hill and Isabell May (Elsa Dutton actress) join the stage together to announce Video of the Year winner.

The Queer Eye cast introduces Miranda Lambert (who is wearing a sick pink tie-dye hat) to the downtown Nashville stage to perform.

Another sequin pantsuit: Caitlyn Smith crushes “I Still Feel High”

Kane Brown performs “One Mississippi”

Elvie Shane (who recently spoke on the Marty Smith Podcast) performs “My Boy”

“Love live country music, are you with me?” Johnson declares with a tip of his hat.

“Well, how bout that,” CoJo said as he accepts the award. “Do you guys still believe in country music??”

Joel McHale announces Cody Johnson as CMT Male Video of the Year.

Kelsea Ballerini makes a costume change: to a St. Jude “Love Music, Stop Cancer” shirt. Get a matching shirt so you, as Kelsea Ballerini says, “can be twinning.”

Jimmie Allen takes the stage and looks to literally be walking on clouds as he performs “Pray” with Monica.

Maddie accepts the award on stage as Tae video chats in with her newborn baby. “I miss you

Gabby Barrett and Justin Lynch joke about the dirty diapers Gabby has to change in the morning and then the duo announces Maddie and Tae as Group/Duo of the Year.

The Judds belt “Love Can Build a Bridge” and transport us all back to 1990. Country music gold and harmonies that can transform lives… seriously powerful stuff.

Kacey Musgraves introduces The Judds.

“I am so happy to be just a part of the women in country music today, we’re really starting to kick some ass.” – Miranda Lambert accepting her award.

Martina McBride announces Miranda Lambert as the Female Video of the Year winner.

Dennis Quaid introduces Cody Johnson. CoJo plays “‘Til You Can’t” on Broadway. No surprises here, Cody and his slick cowboy hat rocked the performance.

George Strait wins his first CMT Award and gives his acceptance speech via video recording. He won CMT Performance of the Year for his tribute to Charley Pride.

Jessie James Decker belts “Shoulda Known Better”

Lily Aldridge introduces Maren Morris and Ryan Hurd to the stage, highlighting how the spouses get to share their love of music together.

The world television premiere “Heart First” by Kelsea Ballerini from her backyard. Yes, you read that correctly: Her. Back. Yard.

Gabby Barrett sings “Pick Me Up” in a full sequin pantsuit. Girl. Boss.

“I’ve never won nothin’ and had to say anything… I just try to write real country songs” – Parker McCollum said it right.

2021 Winner Dylan Scott takes the stage to present Breakthrough Video of the Year. Just like how the former Master’s Green Jacket winner awards the new winner a green jacket, Scott brought to stage a green beer jacket to award this year’s winner (along with the CMT trophy). Parker McCollum is the lucky winner of the green jacket koozie AND the deserving winner of the Breakthrough Video award.

Priscilla Block has us all at an ex as she belts “This is My Bar.” And with that, we’ll be at Loser’s Bar and Grill. Talk soon.

Mickey Guyton and the Black Pumas have the audience in awe.

The barefoot thing now makes sense: Carrie Underwood does acrobatic aerial silks. And sings. Mid-air.

Carrie Underwood performs “Ghost Story” barefoot

Thomas Rhett and Riley Green share the stage

The rain seems to subside perfectly for Old Dominion to perform “No Hard Feelings.” No bad vibes and no hard feelings in Music City tonight.

Jimmie Allen takes the stage in a full-leather get up to introduce Old Dominion at the Walk of Fame Park

Carly Pearce performs “Diamondback” and doesn’t play it safe for this performance. Literally. There was a lot of fire involved.

Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean take the stage after winning Collaborative Video of the Year for “If I Didn’t Love You”

Hell yeah, Little Big Town takes the stage…to perform “Hell Yeah”

Parker McCollum performs “To Be Loved By You” chorus

“Never Say Never” from Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson. Never say never, but we will never stop singing this song.

Keith Urban opens the show with ‘Wild Hearts’

6:30 PM: Thirty minutes until the show kicks off and a marriage proposal has already made the night a success.

CMT Music Award Winners

Video of the Year: Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

Nominees:

  • Cody Johnson, “’Til You Can’t”
  • Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You”
  • Kane Brown, “One Mississippi”

Female Video of the Year: Miranda Lambert, “If I Was a Cowboy”

Presented by: Martina McBryde

Nominees:

  • 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

Nominees:

  • 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 : Maddie & Tae

Nominees:

  • 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 : Parker McCollum

Presented by: Dylan Scott (last year’s winner)

Nominees:

  • 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: Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood

Nominees:

  • Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl”
  • Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter, “Thinking ‘Bout You”
  • Nelly and Florida Georgia Line, “Lil Bit”
  • Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood, “If I Didn’t Love You”
  • Jimmie Allen and 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 : George Strait for his tribute to Charley Pride

Nominees:

  • Brothers Osborne, “Muskrat Greene/Dead Man’s Curve Medley”
  • George Strait, “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone”
  • H.E.R. feat. Chris Stapleton, “Hold On”
  • Kane Brown, “Three Wooden Crosses”
  • Kelsea Ballerini feat. Paul Klein of LANY, “I Quit Drinking”
  • Mickey Guyton feat. Gladys Knight and Breland, “Friendship Train”
  • Nelly feat. Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and Breland, “Ride Wit Me

CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year : Cody Johnson

Nominees:

  • Brittney Spencer, “Sober & Skinny”
  • Carly Pearce, “Dear Miss Loretta”
  • Cody Johnson, “Dear Rodeo”
  • Jon Pardi, “On the Other Hand / Forever and Ever, Amen”
  • Josh Turner LIVE
  • Lainey Wilson, “Things a Man Oughta Know”

Trending Comeback Song of the Year: Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

Nominees:

  • Alan Jackson, “Freight Train”
  • Brooks & Dunn, “Neon Moon”
  • Dolly Parton, “”9 to 5”
  • Reba, “I’m a Survivor”
  • Sara Evans, “Suds in the Bucket”
  • Shania Twain, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
  • Taylor Swift, “Love Story”

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