Posted by: Amy | June 17, 2010

June 9 – 2010 CMT Music Awards, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

When we were planning our trip to Nashville, one of the events about which I was most excited was the CMT Music Awards. Rachel and I were able to score upper level seats before the event sold out. We had heard rumors that wristbands for the standing room pit area would be handed out to fans in the days leading up to the show, but we didn’t really pursue trying to get wristbands. It turned out that although our seats were in the upper level, we had a great view of the stage and of the artists’ seating area. I was probably most fascinated by watching the artists interacting with each other and enjoying the show. Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman were so sweet. All night they were holding hands. Sitting to their right for most of the evening were Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and sitting to Keith’s left was John Mayer. Having Keith and John sitting next to each other and then performing together was one of my favorite things about the show. They are two of my absolute favorite artists and it was so cool to see them on the same stage! My other favorite performance of the night was Jamey Johnson’s performance of his new single, “Macon.” He featured Little Big Town and Kate and Kacey Coppola on background vocals. Kid Rock’s opening all-star jam of “Cowboy” laced with “Bawitdaba” and “Good Ol’ Boys” that featured guest appearances from Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler, Trace Adkins, Randy Houser, Zac Brown, Jamey Johnson and Hank Williams, Jr. was also extremely entertaining and was a great way to start off the show.

My main disappointments for the evening were Jason Aldean and Keith Urban not making the final cut for the Video of the Year award and Jason not winning any awards. He is so close to superstardom; I guess that I need to be patient for a little bit longer! Performance-wise, Toby Keith’s was disappointing. For some reason he was singing way faster than the music was playing. I was hoping that it wasn’t as noticeable on the telecast as it was in person, but when I watched the playback, it was pretty obvious. Also, Carrie Underwood had microphone issues at the start of her song which made her sound off. Other than that, it was a really fun night and I’m so glad that we got to experience an awards show in person! Congratulations to all of the winners!

Kid Rock and Hank Williams, Jr.

Lady Antebellum

Miranda Lambert

Tim McGraw

Brad Paisley

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and John Mayer

Jamey Johnson and Little Big Town

Zac Brown Band performing “Free”

John Mayer and Keith Urban

See all of my pictures here.


  1. How do you get tickets to the awards show? How early did they go on sale?

    • The tickets were available on Ticketmaster a couple of months before the show. I think they maybe went on sale April 10 this year. Just start watching CMT’s website and/or Facebook and Twitter because the details will be available several weeks before they actually go on sale.

  2. Your review of this show has given me ‘awards show fever’ here in early January. I just booked a hotel room in Vegas for the ACM awards in April. Presale tickets go on sale pretty soon, so I’m about to take the plunge.

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