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Underwood takes top country award

Carrie Underwood (l) and Miranda Lambert duetted on Somethin' Bad Image copyright Reuters
Image caption Carrie Underwood (l) and Miranda Lambert performed Somethin' Bad at the ceremony in Nashville

Former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has won the top prize at this year's CMT Music Awards.

It marks the fifth time Underwood has lifted the video of the year award - voted for by the public - taking top honours for her track See You Again.

"I've been doing this for nine years but every second of those nine years you guys have been amazing," she said.

Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line both won two awards, including a joint award for collaboration of the year.

They won for their collaborative video This Is How We Roll.

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Image caption Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line won two awards apiece

Bryan won performance of the year with Lionel Richie, for their CMT Crossroads version of Richie's 1983 hit All Night Long.

"The fact that I have won an award with you is just amazing, buddy,'' said Bryan to Richie.

"All I can say is, if I'm having this much fun, let's do it again,'' Richie responded.

"Every once in a while - and it happened to me - there's a moment and time in your career when the forces and stars come together ... and this is Luke's time,'' Richie said.

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Image caption Richie performed and presented at the annual awards ceremony

"I knew it the first time I met him. It really is special."

Blake Shelton, a judge on the US version of The Voice, won best male video for Doin' What She Likes, while Cassadee Pope - whom he mentored to triumph in the third series - won breakthrough video of the year.

"I honestly am shocked to be standing here holding this," said Bryan, on receiving his award. "I'm freaking out because Cassadee won, I'm so excited for her, so y'all have made this already an unbelievable night for me."

Shelton's wife, Miranda Lambert, won female video of the year for the fifth time in a row, with Automatic.

She and Underwood closed out the show, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with their duet Something Bad.

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