CMT Music Awards: Jelly Roll takes 3 honours

Nashville, Tennessee –

“Son of a Sinner” singer Jelly Roll was a big winner at the CMT Music Awards. The rapper-turned-country singer won his three awards Sunday for being the outsider who captivated fans with his confessional songs.

The tattooed singer got emotional during a show in Austin, Texas that aired on CBS, thanking the country’s radio industry for its acceptance and shouting out to those who felt like him.

“You can be whatever you want to be. I promise you that. I told them I wanted to be a country singer. I’m standing at the CMT Awards for Male Video of the Year.” ‘Baby,’ he yelled.

Early in the night, he brought out the choir for the prayer-themed song “Need a Favor,” and had the crowd raise their hands to the roof.

The show kicked off in a sombre tone when country singer and co-host Kelsey Ballerini read out the names of six victims of the school shooting that died Monday in Nashville, Tennessee. and described what she witnessed in 2008: a mass shooting in a high school cafeteria in her hometown of Knoxville and a “truth” to protect children and families. Earlier in the evening, the country artist wore a black ribbon on the red carpet to honor the shooting victims.

But the show prioritized nostalgia throughout, as the performances fused rock, blues, and country straight from the heart of Texas, mixing tributes and covers alongside new artists and fan-favorite hits. .

Country superstar and five-time Grammy Award winner Shania Twain received an Equal Play Award for being a “visible voice advocate” for diverse voices in country music. Megan Thee Stallion, a Texas native and Grammy-winning rapper, introduced Twain, and the pair danced and hugged to Twain’s hit “Man, I Feel Like A Woman.”

Twain said the song’s lyrics laid the groundwork for a decades-long advocacy career.

“I am committed to continuing to advocate for the many outstanding country artists who are not currently playing and currently not being streamed, toured, signed or awarded at the level they deserve.” I believe in all-inclusive country music.”

Rainie Wilson wins Female Video of the Year for “Heart Like a Track” and Video of the Year for “Wait in the Track” with Hardy was awarded.

“It’s heart-pounding, to be honest.” After winning Female Video of the Year, Wilson called the hit “an anthem for overcoming bruises, dents, and blemishes.” bump into on the way. “

Co-host Kane Brown won Video of the Year for “Thank God,” a duet with wife Kaitlyn, taking home the final award of the evening.

“This is so new to me, and I never thought in my life that this would happen when I recorded this song a year ago,” said Kaitlyn Brown.

Later in the show, Ballerini took the stage surrounded by drag artists as states across the country considered legally restricting drag show performances. Down (I’m Going Down Too)” and danced with all the stars of the show RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Kennedy Davenport, Jan Sports, Manila Luzon, Olivia Lux.

Tennessee was the first state to impose stringent restrictions on drag show performances, which were due to come into force this month. The law was temporarily blocked after a lawsuit was filed earlier this week.

Collaboration played a central role in most of the three-hour show. Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBride performed a cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love is,” and a thick fog rolled over the stage and into the crowd.

Pop singer Stephanie joined country singer Carly Pierce in performing No Doubt on the mid-1990s pop-punk hit “Just a Girl.” Rocker Alanis Morissette brought even more ’90s rock to the stage with his performance of the group “You Oughta Know” featuring Wilson, Ingrid Andres, Madeleine Edwards and Morgan Wade.

Carrie Underwood, CMT’s most awarded artist with 25 awards, performed “Hate My Heart” as fireworks lit up the night in Austin. Clark Jr., his four-time Grammy Award winner, opened the show with a tribute to the late Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

Southern rock legend Lynyrd Skynyrd has delivered a tribute performance following the death of last original member Gary Rossington in March. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Slash of Guns N’ Roses, Warren Haynes and Chuck Leavell of The Allman Brothers show with backing vocals from singers Paul Rodgers and Cody Johnson, Leanne Rimes and Judd concluded.

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