Carrie Underwood Wins Big with Showstopping CMT Awards Performance

Carrie Underwood won big at Sunday’s 2016 CMT Music Awards, taking home two awards, rocking three different looks and showing off her powerhouse vocals while performing her new single “Church Bells.”

The 33-year-old singer, who was nominated for three awards, nabbed trophies for Performance of the Year and Female Video of the Year – both for her song “Smoke Break.”

While Underwood lost Video of the Year to Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” she still holds the record for most Video of the Year wins with six. Underwood also has 16 trophies – more than any other artist in CMT Awards history.
Her performance began slow, with the blonde-haired beauty dressed in a sheer black lace jumpsuit and cape while singing to the music of a solo banjo player on a bare stage.

But Underwood quickly brought the crowd to their feet, flipping off her cape as the stage revealed a full band and gospel choir. Her commanding vocals and show-stopping style brought the house down.

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“I want to thank you guys for coming out and supporting country music on tour,” Underwood said, while accepting her Performance of the Year award. “We’ve spent the first part of the year on the road and it’s just been so wonderful to see so many people come out. I know I speak for everybody out there – all of us artists who say you guys are the reason that we get to do what we get to do. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting us in concert. God bless you guys.”


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