Once the nominees for the 2019 CMT Music Awards were announced, the nominated artists immediately started reacting. And we’re admittedly kind of biased, but we think we already have a win for the best artist reaction.
It came from Brandi Carlile. She is nominated in two categories: female video of the year for “The Joke” and CMT performance of the year for her performance of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” from the 2018 CMT Artists of the Year special with Maren Morris.
Carlile posted a home movie of herself as a little girl, in a big cowboy hat and even bigger puffy sleeves, belting out Trisha Yearwood’s 1991 debut song, “She’s in Love with the Boy.”
“I have loved country music since I was this little girl. Thank you @cmt awards for giving me a shot,” Carlile wrote.
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I have loved country music since I was this little girl. Thank you @cmt awards for giving me a shot! Vote for “The Joke” for Female Video Of The Year and me and @marenmorris for Performace Of The Year! *Link in Bio @thehighwomen @thetanyatucker @trishayearwood @dannybones64 #CMTawards
Other notable nominee reactions that are worthy of their own win include:
Little Big Town is blown away.
— Little Big Town (@littlebigtown) May 7, 2019
Keith Urban has a massive thank you.
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) May 7, 2019
Brothers Osborne are super grateful.
Super grateful for the 3 @CMT Award nominations! It’s so great that there’s a night to recognize and honor music’s gifted directors and their teams who so often work only behind the scenes. See y’all there✌#CMTAwards pic.twitter.com/MBMFIqo2No
— Brothers Osborne (@brothersosborne) May 8, 2019
Dan + Shay made it all about their better halves.
nominated for two @cmt awards again this year! thank you to our beautiful wives for making the #SPEECHLESS video our favorite we've ever done, and thank you to everyone who helped capture the special moments.
— Dan + Shay (@DanAndShay) May 9, 2019
Darius Rucker is so honored.
So honored to be nominated for @CMT Collaborative Video of the Year with my boys @LukeBryanOnline, @Jason_Aldean and @charleskelleyla! Y'all go vote for "Straight To Hell" NOW and tune in to the #CMTAwards on June 5: https://t.co/0YRez8cgpG pic.twitter.com/MqtcKA8Jtm
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) May 8, 2019
Chris Janson says teamwork makes the dream work.
— Chris Janson (@janson_chris) May 8, 2019
Eli Young Band are pumped.
Thank you @CMT! We're pumped that "Love Ain't" has been nominated for Group Video of the YearY'all can vote for your favorites at https://t.co/zUVF1V0lLO #CMTAwards #LoveAint pic.twitter.com/gYGofmArkU
— Eli Young Band (@EliYoungBand) May 9, 2019
And Zac Brown Band simply hopes you’ll vote.
We’ve got a few nominations for the 2019 @cmt Music Awards!
— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) May 7, 2019
The awards will be broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm ET/PT on CMT. Fans can purchase presale tickets for the 2019 CMT Music Awards beginning May 10 at 11am ET via Ticketmaster using the password BUCKLEUP. General sale begins May 11 at 11am ET. Voting is now open here.