NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Carrie Underwood's special connection with CMT viewers helped her continue her run at the CMT Awards — and crash Luke Bryan's party.
Underwood won her third straight video of the year Wednesday night, taking the top honor for the fifth time with "See You Again." The "American Idol" champion is CMT's top overall winner with 11 belt buckles in her career.
Underwood managed to horn in on all the fun top winners Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were having. The two acts teamed up to win collaboration of the year for "This Is How We Roll" — a song they performed at the top of the show with Jason Derulo and ZZ Top and released as a remix with Derulo — and each won another belt buckle trophy.
Underwood teamed with Miranda Lambert to shut down the show with their song "Somethin' Bad" and was clearly surprised when she took fan-voted video of the year.
"It's really hard to believe," Underwood said on stage. "I've been doing this for nine years but every single second of those nine years you guys have been amazing."
Underwood was probably surprised because it looked like it might be shaping up for a double Bryan-FGL win for "That's How We Roll." It was one of the few times Bryan didn't win. Male video of the year winner Blake Shelton bet against himself in the category, wagering that Bryan would win the category. Shelton won for "Doin' What She Likes," and now he'll be doing what Bryan likes.
"I owe Luke an expensive dinner, but that's OK," Shelton joked.
Bryan was a constant fixture early in the awards. He teamed up with his superfriends to kick it off, mashing up "This Is How We Roll," Derulo's "Talk Dirty" and ZZ Top's "La Grange." He took a shot from host Kristen Bell about falling off the stage last week — while wrapped in yellow warning tape.