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Keith Urban And Carrie Underwood Wow With Dynamic Performance Of 'The Fighter' At CMT Awards

They basically owned the entire night, too.

The 2017 CMT Awards saw two of country music's biggest stars, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, both having a big night. The two took to the stage multiple times to accept trophies — but it was perhaps their performance of "The Fighter" that stole the show.

Urban and Underwood delivered a mostly stripped-down version of their catchy duet, trading lines across the stage's walkway. Slowly, throughout the song, Underwood began moving toward Urban. Eventually, the beat picked up and the song began to sound more like what we're used to hearing on the radio, giving the singers a chance to go from swoon-worthy vocals to a more energetic groove. It was simple, effective, and wildly entertaining — consider Nicole Kidman jamming out as proof:


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The Australian crooner crushed it in the trophy department, winning four in total — both Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for "Blue Ain't Your Color," Collaborative Video of the Year for "The Fighter" with Underwood, and Social Superstar of the Year. In addition to sharing one win with Urban, the American Idol winner also won Female Video of the Year for "Church Bells." Underwood remains the artist with the most CMT Award wins, now totaling 17.

"I don't know what to say. This award is for everybody watching this, everybody outside who couldn't get in, everybody who comes to see us play in concert. I wish God's blessings for you and all of your families," Urban said upon winning the night's biggest award — giving love to Kidman and their two daughters in another acceptance speech. "I love making music."

Elsewhere at the show, we saw major country singers taking to the stage — with the likes of Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, and Brett Eldredge — as well as some cross-genre collaborations — such as Florida Georgia Line plus The Chainsmokers, Luke Bryan plus Jason Derulo, and Lady Antebellum plus Earth, Wind & Fire.

Watch Urban and Underwood's full performance here:

(H/T: The Tennessean)

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