In terms of the actual prizes, all presented remotely, Carrie Underwood won video of the year for her sultry ballad “Drinking Alone” — her 22nd CMT Music Award, solidifying her status as the most-awarded artist in the show’s nearly two decade history.
“Thank you CMT, first and foremost, for still having this night and just giving us something to look forward to,” Underwood said when she also won female video of the year near the beginning of the telecast. (The show typically airs in June around the annual CMA Fest in Nashville, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.) Given that the prize was fan-voted, she grew emotional as she thanked her listeners: “Stuff like this means so much to me. … Thank you fans, just thank you. I don’t deserve you.”
The other trophies were spread out evenly to stars including Luke Bryan, who won male video for