On Wednesday night (Oct. 21), the Country Music Television Awards got to hold their annual ceremony after the original delay from June. Instead of beaming from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, the show took place throughout the greater Nashville area. Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and Sarah Hyland hosted as the CMT Awards finally got to hold its long-delayed awards ceremony.
The fan-voted awards gave acts a chance to thank their fans, and it was palpable how much so many of the artists, especially the night’s big winner, Carrie Underwood, miss being off the road and seeing friendly faces in the audience.
Here were some of the evening’s top moments:
Glad They Didn’t Go To Bed
Dan + Shay performed their lush ballad, “I Should Probably Go To Bed” at the Estate at Cherokee Dock to disquieting effect. The duo combined the effects from the video (Shay Mooney singing from a bed) with the stripped down, acoustic version they just released. With great lighting and just the right amount of theatrical fog floating around the band members, it was an eerie, entrancing performance.