Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood Put New Spin On “The Fighter” At 2017 CMT Music Awards

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Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood Conquered The Charts With “The Fighter”

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood surprised fans when they delivered a new rendition of their hit duet “The Fighter” at the CMT Music Awards in 2017.

Months before its official release as a single, The Fighter” had already taken over the charts.

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood performed a new version of their duet "The Fighter" at the CMT Music Awards in 2017
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The song hit the 11th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart after the release of Urban’s album, Ripcord. It beat its own success after later being released as a single and peaked at the second position.

The success of “The Fighter” can partially be attributed to its music video, which has generated millions of views. That video was eventually nominated for and won the award for Collaborative Video of the Year at the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

Keith & Carrie Promise “Different Take” On Their Hit Duet

Shortly before Urban and Underwood were named as the winners, they performed a brand-new version of “The Fighter” for the crowd and viewers at home. Urban previously hinted at this new version of “The Fighter” in a press release:

Carrie and I are working to create a different take on ‘The Fighter’ for the CMT Awards!!!!” Keith said. “Can’t wait!

Fans were left to wonder what that different take could be. Would they invite dancers on the stage, since they released a “Dancers Version” of the music video? Would they theme it around the Nashville Predators, since the team was fighting for a Stanley Cup win at the time? It turns out, they did neither!


Keith Urban & Carrie Underwood Slowed Things Down For Their Romantic CMT Music Awards Performance Of “The Fighter”

Viewers were amazed as Urban started singing “The Fighter” at a ballad-like pace. Underwood appeared across the stage, and the two traded their parts from afar.


You could hear a pin drop in the audience as Urban and Underwood charmed everyone watching. Finally, Underwood made her way to Urban in the middle of the stage. That’s when they broke into the upbeat version of the song we all love.

Urban and Underwood to put on one of the night’s best performances at the CMT Music Awards! You can check out the video below.

Did you like Urban and Underwood’s new spin on “The Fighter?” We think they should record it that way as well!