Country music fans discovered several stars at the 2022 CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11. Newcomers Elvie Shane, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Jessie James Decker, Breland and Caitlyn Smith hit the Ram Trucks side stage at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. to prove that the future of the genre looks bright.
As Kane Brown, Hollywood actor Anthony Mackie and Kelsea Ballerini pushed the star-studded affair forward as co-hosts, audiences were treated to jaw-dropping performances from many country music hitmakers. For example – Walker Hayes launched a movement to his hit “AA”, Carrie Underwood took “Ghost Story” to new heights, Jimmie Allen teamed up with Little Big Town and crossover artist Monica to push the unit, and more.
To cap off the first-ever “CMT Music Awards Week,” CMT will air an extended cut of the awards show. Fans will receive never-before-seen performances from Jason Aldean, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson.
The show will also include an additional 30 minutes of bonus content. The must-see segment airs tonight, April 15, at 8/7 p.m. exclusively on CMT.
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Elvie Shane – “My Boy”
Nashville newcomer Elvie Shane entered the CMT Music Awards with a Breakthrough Video of the Year nomination for his first No. 1 single, “My boy.” Shane wrote the vulnerable but relatable ballad alongside composers Russell Sutton, Nick Columbia and Lee Starr. The father and son tribute track was inspired by a Facebook post that read, “I don’t have a stepson, I have a son who was born before I met him.”
Throughout the emotional success, the Kentucky native recounts how he became a father and expresses his unconditional love for his stepson. As for the moving music video, director Peter Zavadil brought the heavy lyrics to life by simply displaying the families’ blend. In each scene, Zavadil proves that fathers don’t need to be of the same blood as their sons to share an unbreakable bond.
“I’m so grateful to be a part of this song and its visual representation,” he shared with Looks like Nashville. “I hope all the families who have been touched by this song see how important it is for me to celebrate the everyday men and women who are taking over as parents – they are nothing less. only superheroes for the young lives they’ve touched.”
“My Boy” lives on Shane’s recently released debut album, “Recidivist.” The heartbreaking tune dominated country radio and achieved viral success on TikTok. Social media users took the tender track to new heights, pushing the song to No. 1 on the platform’s country charts. They even started pairing memorable moments with the single to create heartwarming videos.
Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You”
Parker McCollum received his first-ever CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the star-studded ceremony on Monday night (April 11). The Texas native won the prestigious title in the Breakthrough Video of the Year category for the chart-topping track, “To be loved by you.”
“Playing on the Ram Trucks stage is an incredible feeling,” McCollum said. CMT. “That’s really cool. What a dream come true, man. It’s something we’ve been looking forward to ever since it’s been on the calendar. I don’t take it lightly…my heart is racing when we go on stage,” he added before his energetic performance.
Before the budding singer received the accolade, he performed the love-centric hit on the Ram Trucks side stage and wowed fans with his country-rock sound. Jon Randall produced the catchy melody which McCollum wrote alongside legend Rhett Akins.
Fan-favorite hit lives on McCollum’s major label debut, “Cowboy gold chain“, and recently reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The mid-tempo track marks McCollum’s follow-up to his platinum-selling debut single, “Sweet heart”, – making it his second career No. 1. Upon its release, the music video for “To be loved by youwas also part of the CMT Top 20 Hot Country Countdown.
Breland – “Praise the Lord”
Genre artist Breland brought fans to church during his energetic Ram Trucks performance of his new single, “Praise The Lord.” The breakout star recently released the gospel-inspired anthem alongside hitmaker Thomas Rhett.
The 26-year-old star encouraged fans to applaud the swing-worthy beat and R&B-country sound during her time in the spotlight. Throughout the foot tapping track, Breland credits the Lord with everything he’s been through and life’s small blessing. For example, the women of the south, her favorite meal, her grandmother and the cross artist Nelly.
The rising star got into the business with two nominations – one in the Breakthrough Video of the Year category for her chart-topping single, “Cross country”, and for her performance at the 2021 CMT Music Awards with Mickey Guyton and legend Gladys Knight with “Friendship Train”. The honor marked Breland’s first-ever music award nomination.
Jessie James Decker – “Should Have Known Better”
Fierce and fearless, Jessie James Decker dominated the Ram Trucks scene with the rhythmic title, “Should have known better.” Decker delivered the confident lyrics, also showcasing her wide vocal range and country-pop sound.
“I’ve had my heart broken before – we all have it, at some point in our lives,” the singer shared in a statement. “It doesn’t matter if it’s because of a relationship ending or people trying to tear you down. This song is about not letting that pain break you and coming out of it strong and confident on the other side. Whoever has you heartbroken will regret it the most when you SHINE! Now roll down those windows and sing it out loud!”
The confidence-building anthem reached No. 2 on the iTunes country chart and No. 3 across all genres upon its release. At the time, the radio hit served as an introduction to his latest project, “The woman I have become.” “Should Have Known Better” is one of seven tracks in the collection that celebrates his personal growth as an artist and individual.
Caitlyn Smith – “Top”
Veteran Monument Records singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith performed the title track from her self-produced third studio album “Highat the 2022 CMT Music Awards. After spending years in Nashville writing for notable names like Miley Cyrus and legend Dolly Parton, the powerhouse singer is honing in on her own artistry. Her soaring voice in “High” took her stage performance of Ram Trucks to new heights and proved to fans that her future as a singer is bright.
“I’m beyond excited to finally have”High“in the world for everyone to hear,” Smith shares in a statement. “It was such a labor of love, born out of two really tough years for all of us. But pressure creates diamonds, doesn’t it? And if even one of these songs can add a little magic to someone’s day, my job is done.
The Minnesota native was nominated for her moving music video, “I can notfeaturing platinum-winning country band Old Dominion in the CMT Breakthrough Video of the Year category.
Priscilla Block – “My Bar”
Tiktok sensation turned country music star Priscilla Block took to the Ram Trucks stage at the 2022 CMT Music Awards to deliver a new single, “My Bar.” While rocking an electric blue ensemble with a diamond fringe jacket, Priscilla got the party started with her powerful voice. The budding singer wrote the upbeat track alongside Stone Aielli and Lexie Hayden. The empowerment anthem was inspired by a heartbroken girl she stumbled upon in a bar bathroom.
“I know, a girl crying in a bar. I watch her say, ‘What’s wrong with you?’ She was like, ‘My ex is here!’ It was all drunk girl talk,” she told CMT. “I ripped a paper towel from the wall and gave it to him, and I said, ‘Get up. We’re going over there. You look hot. And this is your bar.
“My Bar” lives on Block’s debut album, “Welcome to the Block Party.” Priscilla may be new to the honky tonk scene, but she’s already been nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her fan-favorite hit, “just above you.”