There’s a reason why the CMT Music Awards brand themselves as “Nashville’s Biggest Party.” The annual awards show takes place right before CMA Fest, which is when thousands of country fans pile into Music City to hear some good music and have a good time.
The CMT Music Awards are all about fun, handing over the voting power to fans rather than an unseen committee. That means that all of the winning music videos and performances are chosen by people just like you!
Another reason why the CMT Music Awards have earned such a “fun” reputation is because the ceremony is known for sporting a jam-packed schedule of energetic performances and collaborations.
— CMT (@CMT) June 3, 2019
It turns out that Underwood had the perfect song to perform for the CMT Music Awards. Her newest single, “Southbound,” has already been hailed as one of the defining country songs of the summer. It also has that same fun-filled vibe that the CMT Music Awards are known for.
Country fans first got a taste of just how fun a live performance of “Southbound” can be when Underwood sang it at the ACM Awards. She kicked off her performance in a pool party setting before coming inside to deliver the energized conclusion.
After pulling off such an elaborate showcase, fans wondered how over-the-top Underwood’s CMT Music Awards performance would be. They finally got their answer when she hit the stage on Wednesday night (June 5).
Performing on the steps of Nashville’s Parthenon, Underwood’s performance was witnessed by numerous fans who were invited to watch the whole thing for free.
Leading up to the highly hyped performance, many people were calling it the biggest performance to ever take place in CMT Music Awards history. And now that we’ve seen it, we understand why they kept saying that!
— CMT (@CMT) June 6, 2019
The crowd standing outside of the Parthenon was packed! And it looks like they were having the time of their lives watching the country superstar sing “Southbound.”
Underwood definitely brought the party to the CMT Music Awards this year! You can keep the party going by rewatching her performance below.