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2016 CMT Awards Full List of Winners: Carrie Underwood Breaks Records, Wows with Gospel-Inspired Hit

( [email protected] ) Jun 09, 2016 09:31 AM EDT
Christian country star Carrie Underwood wowed audiences at Sunday's 2016 CMT Music Awards, taking home two awards and performing her new single "Church Bells" with the help of a gospel choir.
Carrie Underwood performs at the CMT Music Awards 2016 Kevin Mazur/WireImage

Christian country star Carrie Underwood wowed audiences at Sunday's 2016 CMT Music Awards, taking home two awards and performing her new single "Church Bells" with the help of a gospel choir.

The 33-year-old singer, who was nominated for three awards, took home trophies for Performance of the Year and Female Video of the Year - both for her song "Smoke Break." Altogether, Underwood also has 16 trophies - more than any other artist in CMT Awards history.

"I want to thank you guys for coming out and supporting country music on tour," Underwood said, while accepting her Performance of the Year award. "We've spent the first part of the year on the road and it's just been so wonderful to see so many people come out. I know I speak for everybody out there - all of us artists who say you guys are the reason that we get to do what we get to do. Thank you so much for coming out and supporting us in concert. God bless you guys."

The singer, who is currently on her "Storyteller" tour, also performed a stirring rendition of the female-empowerment ballad, "Church Bells." While her performance began slow, Underwood quickly brought the crowd to their feet, bringing to the stage a full band and gospel choir. The show ended with a standing ovation from the audience.

"So...this just happened!!! I have the best fans in the world! Thank you!!!" Underwood tweeted following her big night.

Underwood, who has a young son, Isaiah, with husband Mike Fisher, frequently speaks about her Christian faith and how it influences her songwriting. The Grammy winner previously revealed that she plans to raise Isaiah in church so he will be surrounded by other believers: "We want to go to church, not just for lessons and learning, but also to have a community and be surrounded by people who are just trying to raise their kids up good. Keeping everything as loving as possible, you know?"

Sunday's awards were hosted by Erin Andrews and JJ Watt and held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN. Other big winners included Thomas Rhett, who was awarded the prize for Male Video of the Year for his song "Die a Happy Man," newcomer Chris Stapleton who took home the award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for his song "Fire Away," Tim McGraw, who took home Video of the Year for "Humble and Kind," and Little Big Town, whose video for "Girl Crush" won them Group/Duo Video of the Year.

"The Voice" coach Blake Shelton took home CMT's inaugural Social Superstar title, which was voted for by fans.

"CMT's Social Superstar - that's not what I was going for, but what the h***!" the 39-year-old "Came Here to Forget" singer said, accepting the belt buckle-shaped hardware. "I have a few drinks and get on Twitter once in awhile. I didn't know you could get paid for that, but d**n!"

Performances of the night included Little Big Town singing "C'mon" alongside Pharrell Williams, and Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris singing "Wasted Time."

Shelton and Stapleton also performed on the show, as did Cam and Fifth Harmony, who showed off their vocals with a mashup of Cam's "Mayday" and the girl group's hit single "Work From Home."

Other performers included Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pitbull, pop singer Leona Lewis and Cassadee Pope, and rockers Cheap Trick.