Parker McCollum And Brittney Spencer Heat Up The CMT Awards With Performance Of ‘Burn It Down’

Viewers were treated to a fiery display of heart-pounding vocals and captivating lyrics.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 7, 2024


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Brittney Spencer and Parker McCollum; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

Parker McCollum brought the heat to the 2024 CMT Music Awards with a fiery performance of his latest No. 1 hit, “Burn It Down” featuring special guest, Brittney Spencer

The pair of artists took the breakup anthem to a whole new level with their stirring harmonies and powerhouse vocals soaring through the speakers inside Austin, TX’s Moody Center. McCollum delivered the first verse before Spencer joined him on stage in her black and red jumpsuit, letting her raspy vocals effortlessly blend with the Texas native’s charming and captivating lyrics.

Putting Heartache On Full Display

Between the hard-hitting instrumentals and lyrics that illustrate the strong desire to disintegrate the memories of a past relationship, “Burn It Down” fits right into McCollum’s catalog of painful tunes that come as a result of heartache.

“Burn it down ’til it’s ashes and smoke / Burn it down to the smolderin’ coals / Burn it down ’til I don’t want you no more / Baby, burn it down,” he delivers on the chorus. 

Brittney Spencer and Parker McCollum; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT
Brittney Spencer and Parker McCollum; Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

They ended their memorable performance with a fist pump and a hug, while the audience roared in cheers and offered a round of applause.

McCollum Reflects On The Incredible Impact Of “Burn It Down”

Co-written by the Texas native with Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose, and Lori McKenna, “Burn It Down,” appears on McCollum’s latest album, Never Enough. This song has played a huge role in the tremendous growth McCollum has seen in his career over the past year, so getting the chance to shine a spotlight on it live on national television allowed McCollum to pay homage to it in a very special way.  

 “That song’s been so big for us. ‘Burn It Down’ has been a huge hit for us, and so to get the opportunity to perform it on the CMT Awards live on television in Austin, Texas is pretty special,” Parker said in a statement to his label prior to the show. “What that song’s done for us in the past year is what you dream of with every song you send to radio, every song you release. It’s been a big reason that we’ve been able to level up and kind of been fortunate enough to keep growing in this business.”

“Burn It Down,” follows McCollum’s run of three consecutive No. 1 hits including Platinum “Handle On You,” Platinum “To Be Loved By You,” and his 2x Platinum debut, “Pretty Heart.”

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2024 CMT Awards

Also on hand to deliver memorable performances throughout the evening are emerging artists and well-established superstars such as Bailey Zimmerman, Cody Johnson, Dasha, Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town + Sugarland, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion ft. Megan Moroney, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood. 

Additionally, the coveted awards show also featured an all-star presenter lineup including Amber Riley, Billy Bob Thornton (Landman), Carly Pearce, Cody Alan, Cody Johnson, Emily Osment (Young Sheldon), Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), James Van Der Beek, Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Minnie Driver, Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon), Parmalee and Paul Walter Hauser. 

Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, the 2024 CMT Music Awards airs LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 7th (8:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show is also available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.* 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.