Blake Shelton Kicks Off The CMT Music Awards With ‘No Body’

Blake Shelton returned to the CMT Music Awards stage for the first time in five years to kick off the…

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Lauren Jo Black

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April 2, 2023

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Blake Shelton; Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for CMT

Blake Shelton returned to the CMT Music Awards stage for the first time in five years to kick off the star-studded awards show with a performance of his latest hit, “Nobody.”

Surrounded by video screens with neon signs with nods to the city of Austin and his breakout hit single of the same name, the superstar made his way around the stage as he belted out the lyrics to the popular song. 

“Don’t wanna scoot the boots with nobody/Get straight tequila drunk on nobody/Wrap these arms around nobody/No body, but yours/Don’t wanna shadows dance with nobody/Slide some cotton off of nobody/Don’t wanna wake up kissing nobody/No body, but yours,” he sings in the chorus.

The superstar previously opened up about the song and shared what drew him to record it. 

Blake Shelton; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT
Blake Shelton; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

“This song in particular takes me back to the ‘90s when I was in high school and first moved to Nashville because it feels like what the music sounded like at that time,” he explained. 

For the music video, Shelton brought the song to life with a throwback clip that found him bringing back his beloved mullet.

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Prior to his performance, Shelton arrived on the CMT Music Awards red carpet with his wife, Gwen Stefani. 

Stefani is on hand to perform alongside Carly Pearce later in the show.

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani at the 2023 CMT Awards Photo: Getty Images for CMT Emma McIntyre
Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani at the 2023 CMT Awards Photo: Getty Images for CMT Emma McIntyre

Co-hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the 2023 CMT Music Awards featured performances from Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, and Tyler Hubbard. 

Additionally, the show included one-of-a-kind collaborations, including a 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country celebration featuring Alanis Morissette with Lainey Wilson, Ingrid Andress, Madeline Edwards, and Morgan Wade. Gwen Stefani and Carly Pearce joined forces for a special collaboration, while Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown teamed up for the television premiere of their chart-topping duet, “Thank God.” 

Blake Shelton; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT
Blake Shelton; Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for CMT

The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker delivered a first-time collaboration of “She Talks To Angels,” and Wynonna Judd and Ashley McBryde will also take the stage together. 

The show also included a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan from Gary Clark, Jr. and a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute from Billy Gibbons, Chuck Leavell, Cody Johnson, Paul Rodgers, Slash & Warren Haynes and LeAnn Rimes & Wynonna Judd as honorary “Honkettes.”

Rising stars Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Nate Smith, and Megan Moroney made their CMT Music Awards performance debut on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.  

Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT
Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT

Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Charles Esten, Dixie D’Amelio, Dustin Lynch, HARDY, Ian Bohen + Jen Landon (Yellowstone), Jon Pardi, LeAnn Rimes, Madison Bailey (Outer Banks), Max Thieriot (Fire Country), Megan Thee Stallion, Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Parker McCollum, Peter Frampton, Shania Twain, Steve Howey (True Lies) and Travis Kelce appeared as presenters. 

The coveted awards show aired live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas on Sunday, April 2 at 8/7c on CBS. It was also available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+. 

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.