After walking away empty-handed at the Grammy Awards and the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, Keith Urban found redemption at the 2017 CMT Music Awards, picking up four honors including video of the year for “Blue Ain’t Your Color.”
The country star also won male video, collaborative video and social superstar of the year at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I love making music, I love making videos … who knows how long you get to do it,” said Urban, who also thanked his fans and his actress-wife Nicole Kidman, who sat in the audience.
“I’m just trying to make a connection,” he said.
Urban also performed, singing his disco-flavored hit “The Fighter” with Carrie Underwood, who continued to dominate as the most awarded act in the history of the CMT Awards with 17 wins.
She won female video of the year for “Church Bells” and collaborative video for “The Fighter.”
“Thank you God for so many incredible blessings that we have in our lives … we are so grateful and we are so blessed,” said Underwood, who is married to Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, who are competing in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 5 is Thursday).
“Go Preds,” she said.
Others paired up for collaborative performances throughout the night. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum and Derek Trucks kicked off the show with a rocking tribute to southern rocker Gregg Allman, who died last month at age 69. Peter Frampton sang outdoors with Brothers Osborne; The Chainsmokers and duo video of the year winners Florida Georgia Line performed the energetic “Last Day Alive,” which was pre-taped Tuesday; and Earth, Wind & Fire partnered with Lady Antebellum to close the awards show.
Luke Bryan and Jason Derulo, who won CMT performance of the year for “Want to Want Me” from their “CMT Crossroads” special, performed the pop song onstage as well as Bryan’s slow groove, “Strip It Down.”
The CMT Awards didn’t only include singers from other genres; Hollywood stars also attended, including Ashton Kutcher.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Katherine Heigl sported pink sunglasses while Miranda Lambert sang “Pink Sunglasses” onstage. Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini also performed during the show. Little Big Town, who also sang, won group video of the year for “Better Man,” their No. 1 hit that was written by Taylor Swift.
Band member Karen Fairchild thanked the group’s fans “for making this such a big hit.”
Lauren Alaina, who placed second on “American Idol” in 2011, won breakthrough video of the year for her No. 1 hit, “Road Less Traveled.”
“Reba McEntire just gave me an award so that’s pretty crazy,” said the shocked 22-year-old singer. After thanking people she gave Jesus a shout-out.
“I should have said that first. Sorry God,” she said.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Dolores and Trent Winstead were married for nearly 64 years. Brought together by fate, the Tennessee couple couldn’t stand to be apart.
On the end of Grosse Pointe Court in West Nashville, in a quiet little cul-de-sac, lived the Winsteads.
This family of four is now down to two, just days before Christmas.
“Christmas used to be both of their favorite time of the year,” explained Eddie Winstead.
Trent and Dolores met back in the 1950s in Dickson County. The two were wed not long after, thanks to an impromptu bathroom proposal.
“In order to not get a no, I guess, he waits until she’s brushing her teeth to ask her to marry him,” explained Eddie, the couple’s son.
The two made a perfect pair. Quiet Dolores would stock her shelves with countless cookbooks. Trent spent days fishing on the lake and months serving in Korea.
Letter after letter would be sent overseas to dear Dolores as Trent simply stated he was “awful glad to hear from her.”
“They were opposites from each other,” explained Sheryl Winstead, the couple’s daughter. “I think that’s what made them click.”
The two would spend their golden years in West Nashville — until a few weeks ago when Trent fell ill.
With failing kidneys, Trent was taken to Saint Thomas West Hospital.
Dolores stood by his side as long as she could.
“She starts having a really bad headache … she was having a brain aneurysm,” explained Eddie. “Both of them ended up in the same hospital room. From that point, she lasted about two days.”
Dolores passed away after 63 years of marriage, just weeks before their 64th anniversary.
Eddie was soon tasked with breaking the news to his father.
“I had to lean down next to him, and just kind of tell him, ‘Mom has passed.’ When that happened, it was kind of like his whole spirit just changed,” said Eddie.
“I told him, I said, ‘Dad, if you want to go be with Mom, that’s quite all right with Sheryl and I.’”
Trent passed just hours later, joining Dolores. The two, married for decades, were apart for less than a day.
For the Winsteads, Christmas this year will be a somber celebration. Family will pore over old photos and tell well-worn stories.
But at the heart of their holidays is a marriage that will last long beyond the winter.
“It’s like God made their travel arrangements and they went together,” said Sheryl. “It’s just really sweet.”
Trent and Dolores were laid to rest Dec. 16.