Underwood and Legend teamed up for “Hallelujah” in 2020, and despite fierce competition in the category, the duo won. The poll was conducted by fans via Twitter.
Underwood is the most awarded artist ever at the CMTs, and it was Legends’ first CMT victory.
“Fans, thank you so much, fans. You guys, you’re the reason we all here do what we do, do what we love, make music videos,” Underwood said during his speech. “John Legend, thank you for sending me this incredible song and agreeing to sing with me on it and making this incredible video that I’m so proud of and congratulations on what I think is your first CMT award! God bless you “Thank you so much! Thank you, fans! Thank you, CMT!”
The legend took to Twitter to show his appreciation for his first CMA, thanking Underwood, director Randee St. Nicholas and his co-author Toby Gad. The legend noted that Gad also co-wrote his hit “All of Me”.
The show aired 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 industry’s biggest stars hitting the stage, including Chris Stapleton, HERE, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Luke Combs, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.