Carrie Underwood Crowned Video of the Year Winner at the 2019 CMT Music Awards

Carrie Underwood took home her 20th career CMT Music Award on Wednesday, continuing her reign as the most-awarded artist in…


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June 5, 2019

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Carrie Underwood took home her 20th career CMT Music Award on Wednesday, continuing her reign as the most-awarded artist in the history of the show.

After winning the belt buckle for Female Video of the Year earlier in the evening and performing her latest single, “Southbound,” Underwood was crowned with the night’s top honor, Video of the Year, for her “Cry Pretty” music video.

“This was one [music video] that was very, very near and dear to my heart and very important to me,” the superstar shared following her big win.

She went on to thank her fans for voting for her time and time again.

“Fans thank you so much, I saw you guys doing the Twitter parties, getting together and doing your thing,” she said. “None of us would be able to do any of what we do if it’s not for you guys. You guys put us here. You guys keep us going let us live out our dreams, and I hope that we can give a fraction of that back to you every once in a while.”

Underwood took a break from her massive Cry Pretty Tour 360 to attend the CMT Music Awards. She’s also scheduled to perform at CMA Fest on Friday (June 7).

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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 and her work being featured on 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.