NASHVILLE, TENN. (AP) - Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena is turning into quite a memorable place for Carrie Underwood and her hunky husband, NHL star Mike Fisher.
Underwood won her third video of the year award at the CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night, carving yet another great memory out for the couple in the home of Fisher’s Nashville Predators.
“I think we live here,” Underwood said backstage after winning the night’s top honor. “We need to like rent a room here so we can sleep here, too.”
Underwood’s two wins _ she also won for collaboration of the year for “Remind Me,” with Brad Paisley _ mean she’s now won nine CMT belt buckles since 2006. She matched Taylor Swift’s run in the fan-voted video of the year category over the same period.
The former “American Idol” winner was the night’s only multiple winner, and her fans did it for her again.
“They’re the ones in control,” Underwood said. “I have a really active fan base. The people who come to my concerts and support me, they really get out and they do stuff. They vote. Any polls or any awards show, anything that they have control of, they’re all about it.”
Luke Bryan pulled off the surprise of the night, taking male video of the year for “I Don’t Want This Night to End.” After beating out country’s top male stars, Bryan briefly covered his face with his hands, then pogo-jumped his way to the stage.
“When you’re at this level of what we do as singers, and your fans vote, it speaks huge volumes and it’s crazy to be fan-voted for an award and win it,” Bryan said. “I don’t really get caught up in trying to be cool, trying to play a part. I just freaking get so excited about this stuff and I will always enjoy it.”
Bryan rewarded his fans by mimicking his actions when he won his first CMT award two years ago. Back then he tossed a jacket into the crowd. This time he went cheaper, asking Tom Arnold to pull a pair of camouflage boxers wedgie-style out of his pants and tossed them into the crowd.
“I threw my jacket off the stage and it was really expensive,” Bryan said. “I think it cost something like $4,000, and a lot of people were like, `Why did you that?’”
It was far from the raciest moment of the night. Kellie Pickler pretended to motorboat an imaginary pair of breasts to introduce Little Big Town’s performance of “Pontoon,” complete with a full-sized pontoon boat and bikini-clad “swimmers” floating around the stage.
“I didn’t know I’d be sitting right in the middle of Hunksville, Tenn., population _ two,” the actress joked.
As for the official business of the night, the rest pretty much held true to current award show trends.