2023 CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood Lights Up the Sky Over Austin with "Hate My Heart"

Carrie Underwood's "Hate My Heart" is one of three videos competing for Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood's performances are always memorable, but this year when the most awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history took the stage, she had an extra explosive trick or two up her bedazzled black sleeve. 

Underwood performed her "Hate My Heart" in front of thousands of adoring fans near the Texas state capitol in Austin, Texas. Her sassy, spirited performance whipped fans into a frenzy as she prowled the stage in her short shorts, fitted top and suit jacket accentuated with red sequins. 

She sang: I hate my heart right now| Underneath the covers in the dark right now|Wishin' I was sitting in a bar right now|Two drinks in|Makin' me a last call friend|I want my feel good back

As Underwood worked the crowd even more, fireworks ignited behind the stage, filling the sky with gold glittering sparks. 

In addition to being her song of choice for her performance, "Hate My Heart" also made it to the final three for Video of the Year. The song will compete with Kane & Katelyn Brown's "Thank God" and HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson "wait in the truck."

Underwood said she continues to be thankful for her fans who show up and vote for her. 

"One of the things that I feel is so special about the CMT Awards is that they are fan-voted, giving the fans the power," Underwood said. "They're the ones that stream the music, buy the music, come see us in concert and obviously watch the videos. It's really cool that they get to call the shots. The fans always show up, and I am beyond grateful."

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