Carrie Underwood Shines in “Hate My Heart” Performance at 2023 CMT Music Awards: Carrie Underwood captivated fans with a spectacular performance of “Hate My Heart” at the 2023 CMT Music Awards on Sunday (April 2). As the latest single from her Denim & Rhinestones album, the song showcased grungy guitars and undeniable swagger, with the crowd enthusiastically cheering her on.
A Dazzling Stage Presence
Dressed in a sparkling black shorts-and-jacket combo adorned with pink hearts, Underwood commanded the stage. Her energetic set featured flashing lights, and a fireworks display erupted above the stage as she concluded the song.
An Iconic Setting
The outdoor nighttime performance took place in downtown Austin, Texas, just steps from the awards show venue. The dome of the Texas Capitol building provided a stunning backdrop for Underwood’s set.
Video of the Year Contender
“Hate My Heart” was among the finalists for the CMT Music Awards’ prestigious Video of the Year award. Initially featuring 16 nominees, fan votes narrowed the contenders down to the top three, with Underwood competing against the eventual winners, Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown’s “Thank God,” and Hardy and Lainey Wilson’s “Wait in the Truck.”
A History of Success
In addition to her Video of the Year nomination, Underwood was also a contender in the Female Video of the Year category for “Ghost Story,” the leading single from Denim & Rhinestones. As the holder of 25 CMT Music Awards trophies, Underwood is the most successful artist in the awards show’s history.
The 2023 CMT Music Awards were held at Austin’s Moody Theater and broadcast live on CBS, with live streaming and on-demand viewing available on Paramount+. The event was co-hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini.