Underwood and Legend teamed up for “Hallelujah” in 2020, and despite tough competition in the category, the duo prevailed. The voting was carried out by fans on Twitter.
Underwood is the CMT’s Most Award-winning Artist of All Time, and it was Legend’s first CMT win.
“Fans, thank you, fans. You are the reason we are all here, what we do, do what we love, do music videos,” said Underwood during her speech. “John Legend, thank you for sending me this incredible song and agreeing to sing with me and make this amazing video that I am so proud of and congratulations on what I believe to be your first CMT Award! God bless You guys. Thank you, thank you! Thank you, fans! Thank you, CMT! “
Legend took to Twitter to show his appreciation for his first CMA, thanking Underwood, director Randee St. Nicholas, and co-writer Toby Gad. Legend has it that Gad also co-wrote his hit “All of Me”.
The show was broadcast live from Nashville and was hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini. And it was a who’s who of country music with some of the biggest stars in the business including Chris Stapleton, HER, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.