Does CMT’s unique practice of publicly whittling down the field of contenders build suspense among fans, or create disappointment among artists? Or both?
CMT giveth and CMT taketh away. For the second time in nine days, CMT has whittled down its list of video of the year finalists. The list started with 14 videos, was cut to six and now is down to four.
CMT announced on Wednesday (June 9) — just hours before the CMT Music Awards -- that the final finalists are Carrie Underwood’s “Hallelujah” (with John Legend), Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Beautiful,” Keith Urban’s “One Too Many” (with P!nk) and Kelsea Ballerini’s “Hole in the Bottle.”
Underwood is an eight-time winner in the category, which dates to 2002. Urban is a three-time category champ. Brown and Ballerini, who would each be first time-winners in the category, are set to co-host tonight’s show.