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Bachelor Locky Gilbert hits back at critics and calls one follower a ‘Karen’ after they slam him

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He dumped Bella Varelis for Irena Srbinovska in the gut-wrenching Bachelor finale on Thursday night.

And now Locky Gilbert has hit back at his critics, after they slammed him on Instagram for leading on his runner-up by saying ‘I’m falling in love with you’. 

The former Australian Survivor star, 31, labelled one follower a ‘Karen’ after they described the show as ‘sad’ and accused him of doing it for fame. 

Hitting back: On Thursday night, defiant Bachelor star Locky Gilbert hit back at critics and called one follower a 'Karen' after being slammed for leading on runner-up Bella Varelis

Hitting back: On Thursday night, defiant Bachelor star Locky Gilbert hit back at critics and called one follower a 'Karen' after being slammed for leading on runner-up Bella Varelis

Hitting back: On Thursday night, defiant Bachelor star Locky Gilbert hit back at critics and called one follower a ‘Karen’ after being slammed for leading on runner-up Bella Varelis

‘I’ve concluded, I think you are perhaps a very good actor and some of the girls, perhaps good actresses,’ they said. 

‘It’s sad to me this show and some of the people in it have not acted authentically… why? For ratings, fame, notoriety? All the best in such a disingenuous world,’ they added. 

Locky hit back, writing: ‘Haha ok Karen.’

Karen’ has become a popular term to refer to someone who is being snobby or self-important.

It originated from a meme featuring a middle-aged woman with an asymmetrical bob haircut who was demanding to speak to a store manager. 

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Ouch: The 31-year-old former Australian Survivor star labelled one follower a 'Karen' after they called the show 'sad' and accused him of going on it for fame. He told another follower that they needed a 'hobby' after calling him a bogan

Ouch: The 31-year-old former Australian Survivor star labelled one follower a 'Karen' after they called the show 'sad' and accused him of going on it for fame. He told another follower that they needed a 'hobby' after calling him a bogan

Ouch: The 31-year-old former Australian Survivor star labelled one follower a ‘Karen’ after they called the show ‘sad’ and accused him of going on it for fame. He told another follower that they needed a ‘hobby’ after calling him a bogan

Another follower accused Locky of already being ‘bored’ of his relationship with Irena and said that Bella ‘dodged a big bogan bullet.’

Locky replied, writing: ‘Haha but you are the one invested in my life so much. You need a hobby.’

One critic lashed out saying that the show was ‘terrible’ and that it ‘goes against everything Australia is trying to improve, respect towards women,’ when Locky clapped back.

‘But still you watch it and follow my adventure. I’ll just set up my camping chair in your head and settle in,’ he wrote.   

Not having it: One critic lashed out saying that the show was 'terrible' and that it 'goes against everything Australia is trying to improve, respect towards women,' when Locky clapped back

Not having it: One critic lashed out saying that the show was 'terrible' and that it 'goes against everything Australia is trying to improve, respect towards women,' when Locky clapped back

Not having it: One critic lashed out saying that the show was ‘terrible’ and that it ‘goes against everything Australia is trying to improve, respect towards women,’ when Locky clapped back

Brutal: It comes after Locky brutally dumped Bella Varelis (pictured) for Irena Srbinovska in the shocking Bachelor finale on Thursday

Brutal: It comes after Locky brutally dumped Bella Varelis (pictured) for Irena Srbinovska in the shocking Bachelor finale on Thursday

Brutal: It comes after Locky brutally dumped Bella Varelis (pictured) for Irena Srbinovska in the shocking Bachelor finale on Thursday

It comes after Locky brutally dumped Bella Varelis for Irena Srbinovska in the shocking Bachelor finale on Thursday.   

She had her heart broken into a million pieces – leading to her storming off after hearing he’d chosen to be with her love rival and enemy, Irena.  

Locky burst into tears and gasped for air as he delivered the bad news to Bella, saying he needed ‘more certainty’ in a relationship. 

Heartbreaking: Locky burst into tears and gasped for air as he delivered the bad news to Bella, saying he needed 'more certainty' in a relationship. She soon stormed off

Heartbreaking: Locky burst into tears and gasped for air as he delivered the bad news to Bella, saying he needed 'more certainty' in a relationship. She soon stormed off

Heartbreaking: Locky burst into tears and gasped for air as he delivered the bad news to Bella, saying he needed ‘more certainty’ in a relationship. She soon stormed off

Upon hearing the news, Bella looked at Locky – who had declared his love for her a day earlier – in utter disbelief. 

‘I just don’t get it. Yesterday, you told me you were in love with me,’ she said in shock.  

After he responded by saying he was in love with her, Bella added: ‘Well, why not follow through with a relationship, then?’

He went on: ‘Because I asked you in the pool, “What do you see our next year looking like?” And you were so… I needed a little bit more.’

Furiously, she responded: ‘You can’t turn this around on me.’

She then stormed off, stating: ‘My God… Can I leave. I’m going.’

Leading lady: Locky chose Irena Srbinovska (pictured) as his winner during Thursday's finale

Leading lady: Locky chose Irena Srbinovska (pictured) as his winner during Thursday's finale

Leading lady: Locky chose Irena Srbinovska (pictured) as his winner during Thursday’s finale

Love story: The couple are still together two months after filming the finale, and Irena has packed up her life in Melbourne to live with Locky in Perth. Pictured at KIIS FM's studios in Sydney on Friday morning

Love story: The couple are still together two months after filming the finale, and Irena has packed up her life in Melbourne to live with Locky in Perth. Pictured at KIIS FM's studios in Sydney on Friday morning

Love story: The couple are still together two months after filming the finale, and Irena has packed up her life in Melbourne to live with Locky in Perth. Pictured at KIIS FM’s studios in Sydney on Friday morning

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Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood among the superstars at 2020 CMT Music Awards

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Taylor Swift was a presenter and Carrie Underwood was a big winner at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday.

Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown and actress Sarah Hyland hosted the virtual show, where the winners are determined entirely by fan votes.

Underwood won video of the year and best female video for Drinking Alone, while Swift awarded Gabby Barrett breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani won best video from a collaboration for Nobody But You.

Icon: Taylor Swift was a presenter at the annual country show

Queen of country: Carrie Underwood won best female video for Drinking Alone at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday

Queen of country: Carrie Underwood won best female video for Drinking Alone at the 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday

Other winners announced included Dan + Shay for the best video by a duo for I Should Probably Go To Bed and Chris Young for CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year. 

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band and Luke Bryan winning the award for male video of the year with One Margarita.

In light of COVID, the awards were scheduled to feature pre-taped performances at Bicentennial Park in downtown Nashville, Sycamore Farms in Arrington, Tennessee, Ruskin Cave in Dickson County, Tennessee and the Estate at Cherokee Dock, also in Tennessee.

Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and icon Shania Twain were among the artists to taking outdoor stage, while pop star Halsey was set to team up with Kelsea Ballerini to perform, likely set to sing their collaboration The Other Girl, and Noah Cyrus, was set to duet with Jimmie Allen on their track This Is Us.

McBryde – who was last year’s artist of the year winner – and Kane Brown will also be performing, along with Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Little Big Town, Luke Combs with Brooks & Dunn, Morgan Wallen and Sam Hunt.

Big winner: The former American Idol champion beamed as she accepted video of the year

Big winner: The former American Idol champion beamed as she accepted video of the year

The Shake It  ;

The Shake It Off artist presented Gabby Barrett with breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope 

Queen: The feted performer accepted the honors from home after her win

Queen: The feted performer accepted the honors from home after her win 

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Effort:  Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up for a performance amid a bar setting

Effort:  Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey teamed up for a performance amid a bar setting

Stylish: Katy Perry was in a black and white print ensemble as a presenter

Stylish: Katy Perry was in a black and white print ensemble as a presenter 

And the list of presenters was equally as star-studded: Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson will grace the show as will Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Rob Thomas, and Tanya Tucker. 

The award show, which is normally held in the summer but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, has a new category: quarantine video of the year

The very 2020 category will honor country artists who got creative with music videos and songs during the pandemic.

Winners: Dan + Shay won Best video by a duo at 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee on Wednesday

Winners: Dan + Shay won Best video by a duo at 2020 CMT Music Awards in first show since COVID-19 pandemic in Tennessee on Wednesday 

Victory: Chris Young won CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year

Victory: Chris Young won CMT performance of the year for his rendition of Drowning from CMT Artists of the Year

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band

Old Dominion won group video of the year for One Man Band

Margaritaville: Luke Bryan accepted the male video of the year for One Margarita

Margaritaville: Luke Bryan accepted the male video of the year for One Margarita

With just eight awards categories, the competition will be tight at Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards.

Superstars Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett each have three nominations apiece.

Other artists with multiple nods include: Blanco Brown, Carrie Underwood, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and The Chicks.

Sam Hunt performed at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee in the CMTs

 Sam Hunt performed at The Estate at Cherokee Dock in Lebanon, Tennessee in the CMTs

Onstage: Ashley McBryde performed at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee for the broadcast

The artist looked confident as she delivered the performance

Onstage: Ashley McBryde performed at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee for the broadcast 

Safety first: Host Sarah Hyland showed off her mask at the event

Safety first: Host Sarah Hyland showed off her mask at the event 

Stunning: The Modern Family star looked amazing in a purple gown during the broadcast

Stunning: The Modern Family star looked amazing in a purple gown during the broadcast

Caylee Hammack performed onstage at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee

 Caylee Hammack performed onstage at the Sycamore Barn in Arrington, Tennessee 

Beaming: Jessica Chastain introduces a performance during Wednesday's show

Beaming: Jessica Chastain introduces a performance during Wednesday’s show

Some of the nominees include Brad Paisley’s No I In Beer, featuring Paisley surprising people on video calls; Combs’ socially distance-themed song Six Feet Apart; and Dolly Parton’s nostalgic When Life Is Good Again.

There was also a special honor, as Grammy-winning artist and entertainer Jennifer Nettles received the inaugural CMT Equal Play Award for her ongoing advocacy for women and diverse voices in the music industry. 

Ingrid Andress took to the stage in the annual country show

Ingrid Andress took to the stage in the annual country show

Honored: Hyland presented Jennifer Nettles with the CMT Equal Play Award

Honored: Hyland presented Jennifer Nettles with the CMT Equal Play Award 

Glam: Hyland wore a green gown onstage during the annual show

Glam: Hyland wore a green gown onstage during the annual show 

Superstar: Kane Brown sang Worship You from the stage in Nashville

Superstar: Kane Brown sang Worship You from the stage in Nashville 

Milestone: Gabby Barrett won breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope

Milestone: Gabby Barrett won breakthrough video of the year for the song I Hope

Mickey Guyton looked amazing onstage in her performance at the show

Mickey Guyton looked amazing onstage in her performance at the show 

Legend: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas was a presenter at the award ceremony

Legend: Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas was a presenter at the award ceremony

Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party outside of the venue.  

The CMT Music Awards will be broadcast on its namesake network as well as MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land, starting a 8pm EST across networks. They will also livestream on CMT.com and the websites of the other partner networks.

Shania Twain delivered a rousing rendition of Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under on the show

Shania Twain delivered a rousing rendition of Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under on the show

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus performed their duet This Is Us

Glam: Noah had a studded ensemble for the show

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus performed their duet This Is Us

Country girl: Noah donned a white cowboy hat with rhinestones on the evening

Country girl: Noah donned a white cowboy hat with rhinestones on the evening 

In his element: Travis Denning performed After A Few at the award show

In his element: Travis Denning performed After A Few at the award show

When the smoke clears: Luke Bryan was in the moment as he took to the stage Wednesday

When the smoke clears: Luke Bryan was in the moment as he took to the stage Wednesday

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Sign of the times: Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party

Sign of the times: Fans gathered around Nashville for a socially-distanced viewing party

2020 CMT Music Award Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. 

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Keith Urban – Polaroid

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Little Big Town – Sugar Coat

Luke Combs – Beer Never Broke My Heart

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Old Dominion – Some People Do

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now

The Chicks – Gaslighter

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) have been nominated twice this year, seen above in their video for Gaslighter

The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) have been nominated twice this year, seen above in their video for Gaslighter

Tanya Tucker has one nomination and will also be performing. She's seen during the 2019 CMA Awards above

Tanya Tucker has one nomination and will also be performing. She’s seen during the 2019 CMA Awards above

 

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Maren Morris – The Bones

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Carrie Underwood is up for two trophies at this year's ceremony. She's seen at the 2018 CMT Music Awards above

Carrie Underwood is up for two trophies at this year’s ceremony. She’s seen at the 2018 CMT Music Awards above

Maren Morris is nominated for Female Video Of The Year and will also perform. She's seen during September Academy of Country Music Awards above

Maren Morris is nominated for Female Video Of The Year and will also perform. She’s seen during September Academy of Country Music Awards above

 

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

Jason Aldean – Got What I Got

Luke Bryan – One Margarita

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving

Morgan Wallen – Chasin’ You (Dream Video)

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

Thomas Rhett is one of the several people leading the list with three nominations. He's seen  during the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards above

Thomas Rhett is one of the several people leading the list with three nominations. He’s seen  during the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards above

Morgan Wallen has one nomination. He's seen during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13 above

Morgan Wallen has one nomination. He’s seen during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13 above

 

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

Lady A – Champagne Night

Little Big Town – Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Live Cut)

Midland – Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)

Old Dominion – One Man Band

The Chicks – Gaslighter

The Highwomen – Crowded Table

Little Big Town has nominations in two categories. They're pictured performing at Carnegie Hall in January 2020 above

Little Big Town has nominations in two categories. They’re pictured performing at Carnegie Hall in January 2020 above

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, will be competing in two categories

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, will be competing in two categories

 

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

Brothers Osborne – All Night (Studio Performance)

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Florida Georgia Line – Blessings

LOCASH – One Big Country Song

Maddie & Tae – Die From A Broken Heart

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, have three nominations

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, have three nominations

Florida Georgia Line has one nomination for their song Blessings.  They're seen performing in 2019 above

Florida Georgia Line has one nomination for their song Blessings.  They’re seen performing in 2019 above

 

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Caylee Hammack – Family Tree

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine

Riley Green – I Wish Grandpas Never Died

Travis Denning – After a Few

Blanco Brown has two nominations for The Git Up, marking his first CMT nods. A still from his much-watched video is seen above

Blanco Brown has two nominations for The Git Up, marking his first CMT nods. A still from his much-watched video is seen above

Gabby Barrett is up for a Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope. She's seen at the August 25th CMA Awards above

Gabby Barrett is up for a Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope. She’s seen at the August 25th CMA Awards above

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – Nobody But You

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – I Hope You’re Happy Now

Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

Kane Brown featuring Nelly – Cool Again

Marshmello and Kane Brown – One Thing Right

Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – Beer Can’t Fix

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You, seen performing at the Grammy's in January

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You, seen performing at the Grammy’s in January

The Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber collaboration 10,000 Hours is in contention. A still from the music video is seen above

The Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber collaboration 10,000 Hours is in contention. A still from the music video is seen above

 

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – Brand New Man

From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – Drowning

From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – Graveyard

From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – Fancy

From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – Tell Me When It’s Over

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini performance of Graveyard from an episode of CMT Crossroads (above) is up for CMT Performance Of The Year

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini performance of Graveyard from an episode of CMT Crossroads (above) is up for CMT Performance Of The Year

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Olivia Newton-John pays tribute to John Travolta’s ‘beautiful’ wife Kelly Preston

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Olivia Newton-John has spoken about her unbreakable bond with her ‘dear friend’ John Travolta, more than four decades after they starred together in Grease. 

The 72-year-old revealed on Wednesday that it wasn’t just their time on screen which helped form their friendship – it was also their shared experience with breast cancer.

John, 66, lost his wife, Kelly Preston, to the disease in July, and Olivia is now fighting it for a third time.

Close friendship: Olivia Newton-John (right) has paid tribute to longtime friend John Travolta's (centre) 'beautiful' wife Kelly Preston (left) three months after her death from breast cancer

Close friendship: Olivia Newton-John (right) has paid tribute to longtime friend John Travolta’s (centre) ‘beautiful’ wife Kelly Preston (left) three months after her death from breast cancer

‘You know, John and Kelly chose to keep her illness secret and private and I want to honour that and just say they are dear friends and she was a beautiful human,’ the Australian singer-songwriter told ET Canada.

‘I’ve lost way too many friends to cancer and you know, I’m on that journey myself, so I’m powerfully driven to find kinder answers for treatments for cancer, prevention, and treatments.’

Olivia has partnered with Julien’s Auctions – a world record-breaking auction house based in Culver City, California – to sell her personal memorabilia to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Foundation.

The charitable organisation was founded in 2015 and focuses on the development of new and breakthrough cancer treatments.

Olivia and John have remained good friends since starring in the 1978 musical Grease.

Helping others: 'You know, John and Kelly chose to keep her illness secret and private and I want to honour that and just say they are dear friends and she was a beautiful human,' the Australian singer-songwriter told ET Canada on Wednesday

Helping others: ‘You know, John and Kelly chose to keep her illness secret and private and I want to honour that and just say they are dear friends and she was a beautiful human,’ the Australian singer-songwriter told ET Canada on Wednesday

Flashback: Olivia and John have been close friends since starring in the 1978 musical Grease

Flashback: Olivia and John have been close friends since starring in the 1978 musical Grease

‘We formed great bonds making that film, as you can imagine, and it’s always amazing to me that every… it’s 40 years now and every 10 years I thought… it’s going to fade away now, but it just gets bigger and bigger and it seems to find a younger audience all the time. It’s really quite amazing,’ she said.

It comes after Olivia updated her fans earlier this month on her battle with state-four metastatic breast cancer.

She said she was ‘feeling great’ and was enjoying self-isolation at her country estate in America during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health update: It comes after Olivia updated her fans earlier this month on her battle with state-four metastatic breast cancer. She said on the Today show on October 8 she was 'feeling great' and was enjoying self-isolation at her country estate during the COVID-19 pandemic

Health update: It comes after Olivia updated her fans earlier this month on her battle with state-four metastatic breast cancer. She said on the Today show on October 8 she was ‘feeling great’ and was enjoying self-isolation at her country estate during the COVID-19 pandemic

‘I feel great and I’m so grateful I’m able to be in the countryside,’ she revealed on Channel Nine’s Today show on October 8.

‘I feel so much for people stuck in cities or apartments, or alone. I know you’ve been going through a hard time in Australia.

‘I have my animals and my husband. This has actually been one of the rare times in my whole life where I have been in one place for more than three weeks.’

Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients. 

Lobbying: Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients

Lobbying: Olivia, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and twice before in 1992 and 2013, has spent years lobbying the Australian government to approve the use of medicinal cannabis for cancer patients

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Fans voted tirelessly in the hopes of seeing their favorite country music stars honored during the 2020 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday evening.

And the biggest names in the industry, such as country cutie Kelsea Ballerini and pop star Noah Cyrus, showcased their individual styles as they graced the socially-distanced red carpet in Nashville, Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and CMT Female Of The Year winner Carrie Underwood opted to keep cozy as they beamed into the annual award ceremony from the comfort of their lavish homes. 

Strike a pose: The biggest names in the industry, such as country cutie Kelsea Ballerini, showcased their individual styles as they graced the socially-distanced red carpet at the 2020 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening

Strike a pose: The biggest names in the industry, such as country cutie Kelsea Ballerini, showcased their individual styles as they graced the socially-distanced red carpet at the 2020 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday evening

Striking: Ballerini, 27, showcased her enviably tanned and toned legs in a striking sequin mini dress, while posing for shutterbugs

Striking: Ballerini, 27, showcased her enviably tanned and toned legs in a striking sequin mini dress, while posing for shutterbugs

Striking: Ballerini, 27, showcased her enviably tanned and toned legs in a striking sequin mini dress, while posing for shutterbugs

Ballerini, 27, showcased her enviably tanned and toned legs in a striking sequin mini dress, while posing for shutterbugs. 

The Miss Me More singer’s disco-ball inspired get-up included a sexy mock neck and bat sleeves that tapered at the wrists.

She slipped her feet into a pair of strappy heels that were doused in glitter and winded around her ankles in a perfect spiral.

Kelsea’ lengthy blonde hair was meticulously straightened, parted neatly to one side, and placed behind her ears in order to show off her various earrings. 

Noah Cyrus got back to her country roots for the annual award ceremony by rocking a denim cowboy hat and a pair of matching riding boots. 

Discoball: The Miss Me More singer's disco-ball inspired get-up included a sexy mock neck and bat sleeves that tapered at the wrists

Discoball: The Miss Me More singer’s disco-ball inspired get-up included a sexy mock neck and bat sleeves that tapered at the wrists

Spiral fantasy: She slipped her feet into a pair of strappy heels that were doused in glitter and winded around her ankles in a perfect spiral

Spiral fantasy: She slipped her feet into a pair of strappy heels that were doused in glitter and winded around her ankles in a perfect spiral

The 20-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus kept the denim going as she layered an oversized jacket doused in yellow embroidery over a bright orange crop top.

She then slipped on a pair of unique, patchwork jeans that featured various denim washes and mixed up the construction of the classic closet staple.

Sarah Hyland, who is hosting the 2020 CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown and Ashley McBryde, left little to the imagination in a lavender maxi skirt that was riddled in circular cut-outs.

The eye-catching skirt was also covered in light reflecting rhinestones that perfectly tied into her bejeweled fuchsia crop top. 

Howdy: Noah Cyrus got back to her country roots for the annual award ceremony by rocking a denim cowboy hat and a pair of matching riding boots

Howdy: Noah Cyrus got back to her country roots for the annual award ceremony by rocking a denim cowboy hat and a pair of matching riding boots

Denim-on-denim: The 20-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus kept the denim going as she layered an oversized jacket doused in yellow embroidery over a bright orange crop top

Denim-on-denim: The 20-year-old sister of Miley Cyrus kept the denim going as she layered an oversized jacket doused in yellow embroidery over a bright orange crop top

Collaborators: Noah Cyrus posed for a socially-distanced photo with  country crooner and collaborator Jimmie Allen, 34

Collaborators: Noah Cyrus posed for a socially-distanced photo with  country crooner and collaborator Jimmie Allen, 34

The 29-year-old Modern Family star had her brunette hair styled into a sleek, low ponytail and she rocked a K-Beauty inspired pout that softly faded out at the edges.

To bring attention to the coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming election in the United States, Hyland briefly donned a hot pink face mask that had the word ‘Vote’ written on it in white lettering.

For her hosting gig, Sarah threw off her red carpet attire and emerged in a metallic fuchsia dress worthy of an 80s prom night.

The gorgeous gown featured a dramatic solo shoulder and a high-low silhouette that fastened into a bow in the back.

Peek-a-boo: Sarah Hyland, who is hosting the 2020 CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown and Ashley McBryde, left little to the imagination in a lavender maxi skirt that was riddled in circular cut-outs

Peek-a-boo: Sarah Hyland, who is hosting the 2020 CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown and Ashley McBryde, left little to the imagination in a lavender maxi skirt that was riddled in circular cut-outs 

Bejeweled: The eye-catching skirt was also covered in light reflecting rhinestones that perfectly tied into her bejeweled fuchsia crop top

Bejeweled: The eye-catching skirt was also covered in light reflecting rhinestones that perfectly tied into her bejeweled fuchsia crop top

Bejeweled: The eye-catching skirt was also covered in light reflecting rhinestones that perfectly tied into her bejeweled fuchsia crop top

Using her platform: To bring attention to the current coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming election in the United States, Hyland briefly donned a hot pink face mask that had the word 'Vote' written on it in white lettering

Using her platform: To bring attention to the current coronavirus pandemic and the upcoming election in the United States, Hyland briefly donned a hot pink face mask that had the word ‘Vote’ written on it in white lettering

Halfway through the ceremony, the actress showcased her enviably fit frame in a floor length slip dress made entirely of gold sequins with a green shift.

Grammy Award-winning country music group Little Big Town oozed star power as they posed for photos together during Wednesday evening’s step-and-repeat.

Kimberly Schlapman looked runway-ready in a black mesh mini dress that featured intricate multi-colored floral embroidery down the sleeves, up towards her neck, and all around the hem.  

The 51-year-old vocalist rocked her famous curly blonde hair in its natural form and fastened a pair of orange beaded drop earrings to her ears for an added pop of color.

Prom night: For her hosting gig, Sarah threw off her red carpet attire and emerged in a metallic fuchsia dress worthy of an 80s prom night

Prom night: For her hosting gig, Sarah threw off her red carpet attire and emerged in a metallic fuchsia dress worthy of an 80s prom night

Duochrome: Halfway through the ceremony, the actress showcased her enviably fit frame in a floor length slip dress made entirely of gold sequins with a green shift

Duochrome: Halfway through the ceremony, the actress showcased her enviably fit frame in a floor length slip dress made entirely of gold sequins with a green shift

Little Big Town’s second matriarch Karen Fairchild donned a glittery blue figure hugging dress that ruched across the midsection and neatly gathered at one side.

The 51-year-old singer wore her brunette hair in a variety of loose waves and she slipped her feet into some holographic stiletto heels.

Little Big Town guitarist Philip Sweet looked every bit the rockstar in an off white moto jacket that he layered over a plain black tee and paired with some black trousers. 

Star power: Grammy Award-winning country music group Little Big Town oozed star power as they posed for photos together during Wednesday evening's step-and-repeat

Star power: Grammy Award-winning country music group Little Big Town oozed star power as they posed for photos together during Wednesday evening’s step-and-repeat

Runway-ready: Kimberly Schlapman looked runway-ready in a black mesh mini dress that featured intricate multi-colored floral embroidery down the sleeves, up towards her neck, and all around the hem

Runway-ready: Kimberly Schlapman looked runway-ready in a black mesh mini dress that featured intricate multi-colored floral embroidery down the sleeves, up towards her neck, and all around the hem

Natural: The 51-year-old vocalist rocked her famous curly blonde hair in its natural form and fastened a pair of orange beaded drop earrings to her ears for an added pop of color

Natural: The 51-year-old vocalist rocked her famous curly blonde hair in its natural form and fastened a pair of orange beaded drop earrings to her ears for an added pop of color

Glitz: Little Big Town's second matriarch Karen Fairchild donned a glittery blue figure hugging dress that ruched across the midsection and neatly gathered at one side

Glitz: Little Big Town’s second matriarch Karen Fairchild donned a glittery blue figure hugging dress that ruched across the midsection and neatly gathered at one side

Rock and roll: Little Big Town guitarist Philip Sweet looked every bit the rockstar in an off white moto jacket that he layered over a plain black tee and paired with some black trousers

Floral is for everyone: And last, but not least, Jimi Westbrook looked ultra stylish in a gorgeous silk, floral print button down and a pair of black velvet trousers that coordinated with his dress shoes

Simple, but stylish: Little Big Town’s Philip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook perfectly presented their personal styles on the red carpet

And last, but not least, Jimi Westbrook looked ultra stylish in a gorgeous silk, floral print button down and a pair of black velvet trousers that coordinated with his dress shoes.

Mickey Guyton took pregnancy glow to the next level by draping a glittering mesh gown over her burgeoning baby bump.

The 37-year-old Black Like Me singer, who tenderly cradled her bump, kept her dress the focus by wearing a pair of transparent heels. 

Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress, and American Idol alum Gabby Barrett proved that glamour can be achieved without a glitzy ball gown. 

Glowing: Mickey Guyton took pregnancy glow to the next level by draping a glittering mesh gown over her burgeoning baby bump

Glowing: Mickey Guyton took pregnancy glow to the next level by draping a glittering mesh gown over her burgeoning baby bump

Pants for the win: Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress, and American Idol alum Gabby Barrett proved that glamour can be achieved without a glitzy ball gown

Pants for the win: Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress, and American Idol alum Gabby Barrett proved that glamour can be achieved without a glitzy ball gown

Pants for the win: Ashley McBryde, Ingrid Andress, and American Idol alum Gabby Barrett proved that glamour can be achieved without a glitzy ball gown

Switch up: McBryde, Ingrid, and Barrett were just some of the many ladies that chose to pose for photos on the red carpet in a pair of stylish trousers

Switch up: McBryde, Ingrid, and Barrett were just some of the many ladies that chose to pose for photos on the red carpet in a pair of stylish trousers

McBryde, Ingrid, and Barrett were just some of the many ladies that chose to pose for photos on the red carpet in a pair of stylish trousers.

Country heartthrob Morgan Wallen kept it uber casual in a solid brown tee and a pair of faded denim jeans.

The 27-year-old Whiskey Glasses singer, who was recently the booted as a Saturday Night Live musical guest due to potential COVID-19 exposure, made sure to comb out his mullet for the annual event.

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay took home Best Group at the ACM Awards in September and the duo looked more than confident in their CMT Music Awards fate as they beamed on Wednesday.  

Casual: Country heartthrob Morgan Wallen kept it uber casual in a solid brown tee and a pair of faded denim jeans

Casual: Country heartthrob Morgan Wallen kept it uber casual in a solid brown tee and a pair of faded denim jeans

Hats off: HARDY and Luke Combs kept the country spirit alive by rocking trucker hats with their CMT Music Awards ensembles, which also happened to include a staple pair of cowboy boots

Hats off: HARDY and Luke Combs kept the country spirit alive by rocking trucker hats with their CMT Music Awards ensembles, which also happened to include a staple pair of cowboy boots

Hats off: HARDY and Luke Combs kept the country spirit alive by rocking trucker hats with their CMT Music Awards ensembles, which also happened to include a staple pair of cowboy boots

Confident: Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay took home Best Group at the ACM Awards in September and the duo looked more than confident in their CMT Music Awards fate as they beamed on Wednesday

Confident: Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay took home Best Group at the ACM Awards in September and the duo looked more than confident in their CMT Music Awards fate as they beamed on Wednesday

HARDY and Luke Combs kept the country spirit alive by rocking trucker hats with their CMT Music Awards ensembles, which also happened to include a staple pair of cowboy boots. 

Jimmie Allen showed off his affinity for streetwear by rocking a slew of well known brands as he flashed a ‘hang loose’ hand sign on the carpet.

The 34-year-old country singer layered a bright Bel Air 34 jersey over a black Champion long sleeve thermal that coordinated with his Nike Air Jordan sweat pants. 

Allen, who is set to perform with Noah Cyrus, tucked his sweats into a pair of brand new Timberland boots  

Hang loose: Jimmie Allen showed off his affinity for streetwear by rocking a slew of well known brands as he flashed a 'hang loose' hand sign on the carpet

Hang loose: Jimmie Allen showed off his affinity for streetwear by rocking a slew of well known brands as he flashed a ‘hang loose’ hand sign on the carpet

Classic silhouette: Riley Green and Sam Hunt, like many male country artists that were in attendance, leaned on a classic Southern aesthetic, which often includes a pair of snazzy riding boots, tapered jeans, and a tee shirt of choice

Classic silhouette: Riley Green and Sam Hunt, like many male country artists that were in attendance, leaned on a classic Southern aesthetic, which often includes a pair of snazzy riding boots, tapered jeans, and a tee shirt of choice

Classic silhouette: Riley Green and Sam Hunt, like many male country artists that were in attendance, leaned on a classic Southern aesthetic, which often includes a pair of snazzy riding boots, tapered jeans, and a tee shirt of choice

Trucker vibes: Travis Denning also embodied a classic country music star aesthetic by rocking a trucker hat and and bright red flannel shirt, which he paired with khaki pants

Trucker vibes: Travis Denning also embodied a classic country music star aesthetic by rocking a trucker hat and and bright red flannel shirt, which he paired with khaki pants

Riley Green and Sam Hunt, like many male country artists that were in attendance, leaned on a classic Southern aesthetic, which often includes a pair of snazzy riding boots, tapered jeans, and a tee shirt of choice.

Travis Denning also embodied a classic country music star aesthetic by rocking a trucker hat and and bright red flannel shirt, which he paired with khaki pants.

Despite the younger crooners’ attempts, nobody does a country get-up like music veterans Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.

The critically acclaimed duo posed beside one another for a few snaps before including country favorite Luke Combs in their photo session.

Supreme: Despite the younger crooners' attempts, nobody does a country get-up like music veterans Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn

Supreme: Despite the younger crooners’ attempts, nobody does a country get-up like music veterans Ronnie Dunn and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn

Three is NOT a crowd: The critically acclaimed duo posed beside one another for a few snaps before including country favorite Luke Combs in their photo session

Three is NOT a crowd: The critically acclaimed duo posed beside one another for a few snaps before including country favorite Luke Combs in their photo session

 

The CMT Music Awards are set to reveal country fans’ favorites during the 2020 ceremony on Wednesday, October 21st. 

Hosts Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown and actress Sarah Hyland will be taking the reins during the virtual show, where the winners are determined entirely by fan votes.

In light of COVID, the awards will feature pre-taped performances at Bicentennial Park in downtown Nashville, Sycamore Farms in Arrington, Tennessee, Ruskin Cave in Dickson County, Tennessee and the Estate at Cherokee Dock, also in Tennessee.

Taking the outdoor stage will be beloved country artists Maren Morris, Luke Bryan and icon Shania Twain.

Pop star Halsey is teaming up with Kelsea Ballerini to perform, likely set to sing their collaboration The Other Girl.

Also representing the pop world will be Noah Cyrus, who will duet with Jimmie Allen on their track This Is Us.

Hosts Ashley McBryde – who was last year’s artist of the year winner – and Kane Brown will also be performing, along with Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Little Big Town, Luke Combs with Brooks & Dunn, Morgan Wallen and Sam Hunt. 

And the list of presenters is equally as star-studded. Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson will grace the show as will Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Rob Thomas, and Tanya Tucker. 

With just eight awards categories, the competition will be tight at Wednesday’s CMT Music Awards. 

2020 CMT Music Award Nominations

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. 

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Keith Urban – Polaroid

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Ashley McBryde, above October 16 at the Billboard Music Awards, is nominated in three categories and will be hosting the awards

Ashley McBryde, above October 16 at the Billboard Music Awards, is nominated in three categories and will be hosting the awards

Luke Combs, above at the Billboard Music Awards last week, is up for three honors

Luke Combs, above at the Billboard Music Awards last week, is up for three honors

Little Big Town – Sugar Coat

Luke Combs – Beer Never Broke My Heart

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Old Dominion – Some People Do

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Tanya Tucker – Bring My Flowers Now

The Chicks – Gaslighter

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) have been nominated twice this year, seen above in their video for Gaslighter

The Chicks (formerly the Dixie Chicks) have been nominated twice this year, seen above in their video for Gaslighter

Tanya Tucker has one nomination and will also be performing. She's seen during the 2019 CMA Awards above

Tanya Tucker has one nomination and will also be performing. She’s seen during the 2019 CMA Awards above

 

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

Carrie Underwood – Drinking Alone

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Kelsea Ballerini – homecoming queen?

Maren Morris – The Bones

Miranda Lambert – Bluebird

Carrie Underwood is up for two trophies at this year's ceremony. She's seen at the 2018 CMT Music Awards above

Carrie Underwood is up for two trophies at this year’s ceremony. She’s seen at the 2018 CMT Music Awards above

Maren Morris is nominated for Female Video Of The Year and will also perform. She's seen during September Academy of Country Music Awards above

Maren Morris is nominated for Female Video Of The Year and will also perform. She’s seen during September Academy of Country Music Awards above

 

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

Jason Aldean – Got What I Got

Luke Bryan – One Margarita

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving

Morgan Wallen – Chasin’ You (Dream Video)

Sam Hunt – Hard To Forget

Thomas Rhett – Remember You Young

Thomas Rhett is one of the several people leading the list with three nominations. He's seen  during the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards above

Thomas Rhett is one of the several people leading the list with three nominations. He’s seen  during the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards above

Morgan Wallen has one nomination. He's seen during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13 above

Morgan Wallen has one nomination. He’s seen during the 55th Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry on September 13 above

 

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

Lady A – Champagne Night

Little Big Town – Wine, Beer, Whiskey (Live Cut)

Midland – Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)

Old Dominion – One Man Band

The Chicks – Gaslighter

The Highwomen – Crowded Table

Little Big Town has nominations in two categories. They're pictured performing at Carnegie Hall in January 2020 above

Little Big Town has nominations in two categories. They’re pictured performing at Carnegie Hall in January 2020 above

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, will be competing in two categories

Old Dominion, above at the 2019 CMA Awards, will be competing in two categories

 

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

Brothers Osborne – All Night (Studio Performance)

Dan + Shay – I Should Probably Go To Bed

Florida Georgia Line – Blessings

LOCASH – One Big Country Song

Maddie & Tae – Die From A Broken Heart

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, have three nominations

Duo Dan + Shay, seen above at the 2019 CMA Awards, have three nominations

Florida Georgia Line has one nomination for their song Blessings.  They're seen performing in 2019 above

Florida Georgia Line has one nomination for their song Blessings.  They’re seen performing in 2019 above

 

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Blanco Brown – The Git Up

Caylee Hammack – Family Tree

Gabby Barrett – I Hope

Ingrid Andress – More Hearts Than Mine

Riley Green – I Wish Grandpas Never Died

Travis Denning – After a Few

Blanco Brown has two nominations for The Git Up, marking his first CMT nods. A still from his much-watched video is seen above

Blanco Brown has two nominations for The Git Up, marking his first CMT nods. A still from his much-watched video is seen above

Gabby Barrett is up for a Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope. She's seen at the August 25th CMA Awards above

Gabby Barrett is up for a Breakthrough Video award for her track I Hope. She’s seen at the August 25th CMA Awards above

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – Nobody But You

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – I Hope You’re Happy Now

Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber – 10,000 Hours

Kane Brown featuring Nelly – Cool Again

Marshmello and Kane Brown – One Thing Right

Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – Beer Can’t Fix

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You, seen performing at the Grammy's in January

Blake Shelton and girlfriend Gwen Stefani earned a Collaborative Video Of The Year nod for their song Nobody But You, seen performing at the Grammy’s in January

The Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber collaboration 10,000 Hours is in contention. A still from the music video is seen above

The Dan + Shay and Justin Bieber collaboration 10,000 Hours is in contention. A still from the music video is seen above

 

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – One Night Standards

From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – Brand New Man

From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – Drowning

From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – Graveyard

From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – Fancy

From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – Tell Me When It’s Over

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini performance of Graveyard from an episode of CMT Crossroads (above) is up for CMT Performance Of The Year

Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini performance of Graveyard from an episode of CMT Crossroads (above) is up for CMT Performance Of The Year

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