Jelly Roll wins video of the year, two other categories at CMT Awards

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Lanny Wilson and Dan + Shay also won top honors on the CBS telecast

Helping solidify their status as country music’s hottest new superstars, Jelly Roll won in all three categories in which they were nominated at Sunday night’s CMT Music Awards, including their gospel-flavored ” Music Video of the Year for “Need a Favor”.

Possibly saw it coming, but also knowing that Jelly Roll would be a tough act to follow, the show’s producers saved the performance of his current country radio single “Halfway to Heaven” until the last five minutes of the broadcast, which was his The climax was coming right after the victory. ,

Other winners in all fan-voted results include fellow pioneers Lainey Wilson for Female Video of the Year for “Watermelon Moonshine” and Dan + Shay for Duo/Group Video of the Year for “Save Me the Trouble”. Warren Zegers picked up the breakthrough male video for “Pretty Little Poison”, while Ashley Cook won the equivalent honor for breakthrough female video for “Your Place”. Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton pair up for the collaborative video for “We Don’t Fight Anymore”.

Lanny Wilson performs onstage at the 2024 CMT Music Awards held at the Moody Center on April 7, 2024 in Austin, Texas.
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Beyond Video of the Year, Jelly Roll’s other two wins came for Male Video of the Year, as well, for “Need a Favor” and for CMT Performance, a special presentation to the network for their live version of that breakout single. Award given. Song at the 2023 CMT Awards.

“Billy Bob Thornton gave me my third award tonight, y’all!” Jelly Roll was thrilled to receive his ultimate honor from the actor, who was representing Austin, the home of the CMT Music Awards, for the second year in a row. Reminiscing about the moment on the show when presenter Gayle King said she told Jelly Roll not to party too much so he would be ready for her show on Monday morning, the singer said, “Gayle King, give me a little time.” It’s going to be morning because we’re going to party, Austin.”

He thanked the two fellow artists who were competing finalists for Video of the Year in fan voting, which also continued well into the live broadcast. “Man, Cody Johnson… you’re my favorite cowboy, forever and ever. Kelsea Ballerini, you know what I think about you too. You go, baby.”

Stating that she was given 30 seconds to fill time while Jelly Roll made her way from the winner’s mic to her fire-filled set for the finale performance, Ballerini gave viewers watching CBS/Paramount+ the same thing. Told what she had already told. Diversity: That she was electing to move on from hosting the show again this year. “This is my fourth year hosting; This is my last year hosting. And I was very happy to do that, and I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” he said, calling on CMT executives and producers. When, later, there was a slight hesitation in presenting the finale of Jelly Roll, he quipped, “Look, I’m fired!”

Accepting her award for Female Video, Wilson said, “My heart is beating out of my chest, I’m not going to lie.” She congratulated, “Every single girl that was in this category… they’re all dear friends, and they dedicate their lives to creating this vision and bringing it to life… to see these girls do that It’s unrealistic.” She thanked CMT for “supporting women in the country – it’s a big deal.”

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