Carrie Underwood - CMT Artists of the Year

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Carrie Underwood was in tears as she accepted her award from Randy Travis as one of CMT’s Artists of The Year. In a taped tribute, Ryan Seacrest remembered Carrie’s initial audition and called her “friend.”

The 90 minute special, which debuted tonight on CMT, feted 5 country artists, including Carrie, Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift.

After an introduction by Smokey Robinson, who praised her talent, Carrie closed the show with a medley of her three big hits from 2010, “Cowboy Casanova”, “Temporary Home” and “Undo It”.

Watch Carrie perform and accept her award after the jump. For more photos check this link.

Videos After the JUMP…

Carrie Accepts her Award

Carrie Performs a Medley

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  • hazuki

    Sry, wrong thread.

  • iluvai

    She’s so pretty.

  • jacquesthedog

    What an honor to win this award.I remember when she was a contestant on AI, and how shy she was. Things have definitely changed:) Best wishes Carrie for continued success.

  • Brian_C82

    Smoke Robinson?

  • Dlynne

    She’s a doll. I think she will be the darling of country music for a very long time.

    I caught a glimpse of Adele there at the end of Carrie’s acceptance speech video. She said recently that you don’t hear country music in Britain and she has fallen in love with it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Congratulations, Carrie! Her latest tour looks really spectacular – a big production. A very nice introduction by Randy Travis. What is Kevin Costner doing hosting this special? He seems an unlikely choice to me.

  • Reflections On Life

    I caught a glimpse of Adele there at the end of Carrie’s acceptance speech

    The unlikely combo of Adele and Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish fame) performed “Need You Now”, Lady Antebellum’s massive hit, live at the show. They were so good, they even blew Lady A away, and they got a standing ovation from the entire audience.

    A tribute performance that went in the other direction: Maroom 5 performed Taylor Swift’s new hit “Mine”. They funked up the music, in a good way, but Adam Levine just couldn’t mouth that jumble of lyrics. It was a hoot to watch him try to sing “careless man’s careful daughter”.

  • aidancash

    That was a great special. I love all five artists.

    If you dont know Kevin Costner wasnt that far out of a choice to host. He actually sings country music. And isnt half bad.

  • Trina

    I just love her! The success she continues to have is really amazing but its so deserving.

  • BootStar

    Ack, I meant to record this because Amos Lee was supposed to perform, and I forgot to set the DVR. Did anybody catch it? Did he perform? Not the kind of show I would ever expect him to appear on, but I’m hoping he expands his audience. He’s so fab. And country seems to be the only “mainstream” place singer-songwriters get any attention these days.

  • houstonrufus23

    Good for Carrie!