Texans Miranda Lambert and Cody Johnson win big at the CMT Music Awards

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In a category loaded with Texans, Longview’s Miranda Lambert captured Female Video of the Year at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

Lambert, 38, won for “If I Were a Cowboy.” Others in the field included Arlington singers Maren Morris (“Circles Around This Town”) and Mickey Guyton (“Remember Her Name”) and Kacey Musgraves (“Justified”) of Golden. This was Lambert’s eighth CMT award.

“I’m so happy to be part of the women in country music today – we’re really starting to kick some ass,” Lambert said in her acceptance speech.

Cody Johnson, 34, from Sevastopol, won male video of the year for “‘Til You Can’t,” which he performed on stage outside the city auditorium.

Mickey Guyton performs “Colors” at the CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11, 2022 at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.(Mark Humphrey/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood have won the fan-voted show twice. They won the awards for Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year (“If I Didn’t Love You”). Lambert, Morris, Guyton and Johnson were also up for Video of the Year. For Underwood, it was a record 24th CMT award.

“This song has been so amazing this year, the way you fans have responded to it,” Aldean said.

Other winners include:

  • Maddie & Tae (“Woman You Got”) for Group/Duet Video of the Year;
  • Parker McCollum (“To Be Loved By You) for Breakthrough Video of the Year;
  • Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood (“If I Didn’t Love You”) for Collaboration Video of the Year;
  • Johnson (“Dear Rodeo”) for CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year;
  • Taylor Swift (“Love Story”) for Trending Comeback Song of the Year; and
  • George Strait (“Is Anyone Going to San Antone”) for CMT Performance of the Year. The song was a hit for Dallas singer Charley Pride in 1970.

Garland native LeAnn Rimes introduced Guyton and the Black Pumas (“Colors”).

It was a big presence in Houston for introductions. Dennis Quaid, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Pro Football Hall of Famer Mike Singletary were brought on stage to introduce various artists. The show also featured performances from Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Morris and Ryan Hurd.

The Judds put on their first major awards show performance in more than two decades. Naomi, 76, and her 57-year-old daughter, Wynonna, sang their 1990 classic “Love Can Build a Bridge.” A gospel choir joined them in the performance which was pre-recorded outside the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The show made the most of the last-minute absence of co-host Kelsea Ballerini, who tested positive for COVID-19 days before Monday’s show.

Actor Anthony Mackie, co-host of Ballerini, took the stage alone at the Municipal Auditorium after the first performances of the single “Wild Hearts” by Keith Urban and the duet “Never Say Never” by Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson.

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