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Jelly Roll Reaches the Top with ‘Son of a Sinner’ at the CMT Music Awards

by Sophia Chen
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At the CMT Music Awards, singer Jelly Roll had an amazing night as he earned three awards. He showed gratitude to country radio for welcoming him and giving a shoutout to those who could relate to him. His celebration was broadcasted on CBS and he got very emotional while celebrating.

He shouted, “I followed my dream and now I’m here! I said that I wanted to be a country singer, and now here I am at the CMT Awards – winning the prize for male video of the year!” Earlier in the evening, he sang his song called ‘Need a Favor’ with a choir behind him and asked everyone to raise their hands towards the sky.

The show began with a sad atmosphere as co-host Kelsea Ballerini read out the names of 6 people who were killed in a school shooting on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee. She said she has felt their pain before as she experienced a shooting at her hometown high school cafeteria in Knoxville back in 2008 and wished for “real change” so that children and families could be safe. Country artists wore black ribbons on the red carpet earlier to honour victims of the same tragedy.

The show mixed in new songs with classic hits, blending rock, blues and country music from Texas. It was all about the nostalgia! People sang their favorite covers and tributes from different eras.

Shania Twain, a famous country singer who won 5 Grammy awards, recently got the Equal Play Award. This award stands for her work in supporting different artists in country music. Megan Thee Stallion from Texas presented the award to Shania and they both danced and hugged together when Shania’s song “Man, I Feel Like A Woman” was playing in the background. According to Shania, those song lyrics have been a good source of encouragement for her successful career which is already lasting for many years now.

Shania Twain promised to keep helping out the many great country musicians who aren’t getting the recognition they deserve, like streaming, touring, and sign-ups. She wants all kinds of country music to be included.

Lainey Wilson won two awards for her work – one award was for “Heart Like a Truck” and the other was with HARDY for their song “Wait in the Truck”.

Wilson said she was very excited after winning the female video of the year award. She called her hit song a symbol of endurance, as it celebrates surviving difficult situations like “scratches, dents and bumps” in life. Lastly, Brown and his wife Katelyn were awarded video of the year for their duet “Thank God.”

Katelyn Brown was surprised when she recorded a song a year ago, and now it’s happening! On the show, Katelyn was surrounded by drag artists. Unfortunately, some states in the US are thinking about not letting people perform drag shows. As Katelyn performed her song “If You Go Down (I’m Going Down Too)”, she even danced with stars from RuPaul’s Drag Race: Kennedy Davenport, Jan Sport, Manila Luzon and Olivia Lux!

This month, Taylor Ballerini’s home state of Tennessee was going to put some hard limits on drag shows but that plan had to wait after a lawsuit was submitted earlier this week.

At the show, Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBryde sang a cover of “I Want To Know What Love Is” while fog rolled in from the stage and throughout the audience. The entire performance lasted three hours.

Pop singer Stefani and country singer Carly Pearce performed the mid-1990s hit song, “Just a Girl”. Alanis Morissette then took over the stage with her group performance of “You Oughta Know” featuring four other singers (Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Madeline Edwards, and Morgan Wade).

Carrie Underwood, who won 25 awards from CMT, sang “Hate My Heart” and fireworks were going off in the sky. Grammy winner Clark Jr. paid tribute to the deceased guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn at the beginning of the show.

After the death of Gary Rossington (the last original member) from Lynyrd Skynyrd, there was a special tribute show put together in his honour. Famous singers and musicians like ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Warren Haynes & Chuck Leavell from the Allman Brothers, Paul Rodgers and Cody Johnson all performed together along with backup vocals provided by LeAnn Rimes and Judd.

We got something wrong before. We thought singer Ashley McBryde was actress Ashley Judd, who is sister to country singer Wynonna Judd, but we were wrong.

Follow Kristin M. Hall on Twitter for updates: https://twitter.com/kmhall

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