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2024 CMT Music Awards Biggest Winners & Losers

by Scott Kacsmar
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The 2024 CMT Music Awards held its annual ceremony on Sunday night in Austin, Texas. In the 23rd edition of the award show that is exclusively voted on by the fans, the fans clearly had a favorite artist in mind as only one performer pulled off a 3-for-3 sweep of their nominations. 

Let’s look back at the biggest winners and losers from the 2024 CMT Music Awards. Were your picks at the top sportsbooks successful? Let’s find out!

Biggest Winner: Jelly Roll

This is Jelly Roll’s world now, and we are just living in it. The latest country sensation won all 3 of his awards he was nominated for Sunday night, and he even was on American Idol this week as a guest mentor, so he is everywhere right now.

The awards Jelly Roll took home for his “Need a Favor” video are among the biggest handed out at the ceremony:

  • Video of the Year
  • Male Video of the Year
  • CMT Performance of the Year (for “Need a Favor” from the 2023 CMT Music Awards)

Jelly Roll also crushed his acceptance speech with thoughts about change:

This was Jelly Roll building off his success at last year’s awards when he won Male Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Son of a Sinner.” He also won CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year, so this makes back-to-back years where he won 3 CMT Music Awards. But this time, he took home that top prize for Video of the Year after not being nominated for it in 2023.

Fittingly, Jelly Roll closed the evening with a performance of his latest single “Halfway to Hell” to wrap up the broadcast on CBS.

Biggest Loser: Cody Johnson/Kelsea Ballerini/Megan Moroney (3-Way Tie)

There were a total of 4 artists with 3 nominations each this year, the most of any performer in 2024. While Jelly Roll was 3-for-3, that unfortunately meant the other nominees went home winless and 0-for-3.

Cody Johnson lost to Jelly Roll for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for his “The Painter” video. He also lost to Jelly Roll for CMT Performance of the Year with his performance of “Human” from the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

But he did open the show with his performance of “That’s Texas.”

Maybe the women stood a better chance in the female-only category to get away from Jelly Roll, but both Kelsea Ballerini (“Penthouse”) and Megan Moroney (“I’m Not Pretty”) lost the Female Video of the Year award.

Moroney was nominated for “I’m Not Pretty” for CMT Digital – First Performance of the Year, but she lost to former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery (“It Matters to Her”). Moroney was also nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year for “Can’t Break Up Now” with Old Dominion, but they did not win.

Ballerini also lost twice to Jelly Roll with her video and performance of “If You Go Down (I’m Goin’ Down Too).” But Ballerini did at least get to host the event and performed “Love Me Like You Mean It” halfway through the show.

Winner: Lainey Wilson

Despite the presence of Moroney and Ballerini in multiple categories, it was Lainey Wilson who took home the big Female Video of the Year award for “Watermelon Moonshine.” She won the same award in 2023 for “Heart Like a Truck.”

Even to non-country fans, Wilson may look familiar as she played “Abby” in the 5th season of Yellowstone, where she showed off some of her singing skills. It continues a strong year for her after she won the Grammy for Best Country Album for Bell Bottom Country.

Breakthrough Winners: Ashley Cooke and Warren Zeiders

For newcomers, there are breakthrough winners for both male and female artists.

Warren Zeiders won Male Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Pretty Little Poison.” He beat out Chayce Beckham, Zach Bryan, and Tyler Childers.

Ashley Cooke won Female Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Your Place.” She beat out Brittney Spencer, Anne Wilson and Tigirlily Gold.

Group Effort Winners: Dan + Shay, Carly Pearce and Chris Stapleton

There were a pair of awards for duos/groups and collaborative efforts on music videos.

Country pop music duo Dan + Shay won Duo/Group Video of the Year for “Save Me the Trouble.’ They beat out Brothers Osborne, Old Dominion, Parmalee, Tigirlily Gold, and The War and the Treaty.

Carly Pearce with Chris Stapleton won Collaborative Video of the Year for “We Don’t Fight Anymore.” They beat out Mickey Guyton with Kane Brown, Ella Langley with Koe Wetzel, Justin Moore and Priscilla Block, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real with Lainey Wilson, Old Dominion with Megan Moroney and Jon Pardi with Luke Bryan.

Humanitarian Winner: Trisha Yearwood

Something new this year was the June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award, named after the 5-time Grammy-winning singer and late second wife of country legend Johnny Cash.

The award’s purpose is to “recognize an artist, duo/group or industry veteran who demonstrates an exceptional dedication to the community and their fellow artists as Cash did.”

The inaugural winner of the award was Trisha Yearwood. The 59-year-old singer was presented the award by actress Jane Seymour. Yearwood performed “Put It in a Song” during the ceremony.

Loser: Beyoncé Fans

Three jeers for the Beyoncé fans who tuned in hoping she’d make a guest appearance after her newfound fame in the country music scene with her new album Cowboy Carter.

However, Beyoncé was nowhere to be found at the ceremony. Maybe better luck next year after she drops a music video for a country song.

In Memoriam: Toby Keith (1961-2024)

Finally, the show made sure to honor fallen country legend Toby Keith, who passed away from stomach cancer at the age of 62 years old on February 5, 2024. Keith is one of the most successful country singers of all time, and he is a 2-time Video of the Year winner at the CMT Music Awards.

As a tribute to Keith, the show had a performance from Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar and Lainey Wilson. They performed a medley of Keith’s hits “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”, “I Love This Bar” and “How Do You Like Me Now?!”.

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Scott Kacsmar
NFL football picks are Scott Kacsmar's expertise, serving as his main focus. He has contributed to various sports websites and blogs, such as NBC Sports, ESPN Insider, FiveThirtyEight, and, JoeWager. Originating from Pittsburgh, Scott maintains a love-hate connection with the Pirates.

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