Carrie Underwood and Chris Stapleton Lead CMT Music Awards Nominations
Former American Idol champ Underwood is already the most awarded artist in CMT history with 14 wins to date, and now she is in the running for Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and CMT Performance of the Year for “Smoke Break.” However, she will face tough competition for Video of the Year as Grammy-winner Stapleton is also up for “Fire Away,” as is Cam for “Burning House.” Other artists in the category include Blake Shelton (“Sangria”), Jason Aldean (“Tonight Looks Good on You”), Keith Urban (“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”), Thomas Rhett (“Die A Happy Man”), and Luke Bryan (“Strip It Down”). “Fire Away” has also earned Stapleton a nod for Male Video of the Year, which Shelton, Urban, Rhett, and Bryan are all in the running for, while Stapleton’s “Nobody to Blame” will do battle for CMT Performance of the Year. Cam’s other two nods came in the Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year categories for “Burning House.” Other nominees include Florida Georgia Line (Group/Duo Video of the Year for “Sippin’ on Fire”), Kacey Musgraves (Female Video of the Year for “Biscuits”), and Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis, who have scored a surprise nod for their cover of Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” at the CMT Artists of the Year event. Double nominee Rhett helped to announce the nominations on the Today show Monday. The 2016 CMT Music Awards will take place in Nashville, Tennessee, on June 8.