Is that Queen Elizabeth? Country music stars dress up as royals at CMT Awards

Backstreet Boys (above) and Carrie Underwood performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, where both bagged awards.
Backstreet Boys (above) and Carrie Underwood performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, where both bagged awards. PHOTOS: REUTERS
Backstreet Boys (above) and Carrie Underwood (left) performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, where both bagged awards.
Backstreet Boys and Carrie Underwood (above) performing at the CMT Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, where both bagged awards.PHOTOS: REUTERS

NASHVILLE • Was that Queen Elizabeth? And her grandsons Prince William and Prince Harry?

Country music stars had fun dressing up as royals at the CMT Awards on Wednesday in Nashville, where Darius Rucker came as the queen and Florida Georgia Line turned up as the princes.

But there was a real coronation of sorts when Carrie Underwood became the most-decorated artist at the event with her 18th win, reported People magazine. She bagged Female Video of the Year for her single, The Champion, which features Ludacris.

Blake Shelton gave his beau Gwen Stefani reason to scream when he took the top honour of Video of the Year for I'll Name The Dogs.

"I've been doing this for 18 years. I have been making records, lucky enough that you guys have accepted them and country radio has played them," he said as he accepted his fan-voted prize.

Backstreet Boys - who won Performance of the Year with Florida Georgia Line - were introduced by alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn, a former girlfriend of golfer Tiger Woods, before they took to the stage to perform.

She took a dig at all the rumours about her love life before saying: "So tonight I'm gonna come clean and confess who really has my heart and has had my heart since I was 10 years old - that's right, the Backstreet Boys."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 08, 2018, with the headline 'Underwood reigns at CMT Awards'. Print Edition | Subscribe