2016 CMT Music Awards: Nominees & Winners

2016 CMT Music Awards: Nominees & Winners

The 2016 CMT Music Awards live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, June 8, at 7 p.m. CT on CMT.

All awards and nominees listed below. Award winners will be indicated as they are announced.


Video of the Year

Video of the Year finalists announced June 8.

  • Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind” – WINNER
  • Blake Shelton – “Sangria” – FINALIST
  • Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break”– FINALIST
  • Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away” – FINALIST
  • Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down”– FINALIST
  • Thomas Rhett – “Die a Happy Man”– FINALIST
  • Cam – “Burning House”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ on Fire”
  • Jason Aldean – “Tonight Looks Good on You”
  • Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Sam Hunt – “Break Up in a Small Town”

Female Video of the Year

  • Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” – WINNER
  • Cam – “Burning House”
  • Jana Kramer – “I Got the Boy”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Biscuits”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Dibs”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”

Male Video of the Year

  • Thomas Rhett – “Die a Happy Man” – WINNER
  • Blake Shelton – “Sangria”
  • Eric Church – “Like a Wrecking Ball” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)
  • Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
  • Luke Bryan – “Kick the Dust Up” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)
  • Sam Hunt – “Break Up in a Small Town”

Breakthrough Video of the Year

  • Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away” – WINNER
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay a Little Longer”
  • Cam – “Burning House”
  • Chris Janson – “Buy Me a Boat”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”

Group/Duo Video of the Year

  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush” – WINNER
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay a Little Longer”
  • Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ on Fire”
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy”
  • Breakthrough Video of the Year
  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay a Little Longer”
  • Cam – “Burning House”
  • Chris Janson – “Buy Me a Boat”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”

CMT Performance of the Year

  • Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” (from CMT Instant Jam)
  • Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis – “Girl Crush” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name” (from CMT Crossroads)
  • Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles – “I Want You to Want Me” (from CMT Crossroads)
  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody to Blame” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Darius Rucker – “Alright” (from CMT Instant Jam)

CMT Social Superstar of the Year

  • Blake Shelton – WINNER
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lindsay Ell
  • Jake Owen
  • Thomas Rhett

Daily Dose

Thomas Rhett takes 2020 Lessons Learned Into 2021

Thomas Rhett takes 2020 Lessons Learned Into 2021

2020 was a year that taught us all a lot. Thomas Rhett reflects on the year we just left behind, and what he will take with him into this new year, “You know, 2020 has definitely been hard in many ways, especially for a lot of different families who have either lost work or people that have been on the front lines working in hospitals, or teachers trying to teach three year olds how to learn their letters and their numbers. But for us, I think 2020 has had several silver linings, and for me, I think I was going at such a rapid pace that 2020 definitely forced me to slow down. And so I hope I can take that mindset back into 2021.”