“Aw, man,” she said, smiling at her husband Mike Fisher in the audience. “I don’t know why I’m getting teary-eyed. I think it was seeing my little guy on the screens.”
Before Underwood took the stage to accept her award in a stunning Temraza dress, a video montage played, mixing personal family photos with their son Isaiah and footage from her highly successful Storyteller Tour. Since its January 30 launch, the tour attracted more than 800,000 fans.
Before accepting her award during the TV special that premiered Thursday (Oct. 20), Underwood performed the Storyteller track “Like I’ll Never Love You Again” with the Grammy-winning songwriting team, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose, who are collectively known as the Love Junkies.
The 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special re-airs Friday (9:30 a.m. ET/PT), Saturday (6 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. ET/PT) and Sunday (12 p.m. ET/PT).