Carrie Underwood Makes CMT Awards History With Performance At The Parthenon

Carrie Underwood brought the 2019 CMT Music Awards out of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and to The Parthenon in Centennial Park for her outdoor performance of "Southbound" during the Wednesday night (June 5) ceremony, which was hosted by Little Big Town.

Instead of performing at the venue, the American Idol champ made history when she took to the front steps of The Parthenon to churn out another rendition of her current single, "Southbound," in front of the replica of the Athens original. With her band behind her, Underwood walked up and down the catwalk as concert-goers waved around colorful glow sticks to match the summery aesthetic of her recent performances. "To get a little southbound, unwound, Tennessee Honey kinda buzz/ Them south sounds up loud, summer drippin' off of us/ From the river bank to the party cove/ Long as it floats, we'll rock the boat/ And it's all lookin' up when we get down, yeah/ And get a little southbound, southbound," she chanted, before fireworks took to the sky.

"My mom and my sister are here, so they're gonna help take care of the little ones while mommy is working. We're just making it all happen the best way we know how," the Video of the Year champ previously told CMT. "Everybody just wants to come and have a good time. Usually when we’re in the house. The audience has all the seats down in front. They’re just kind of GA and have a fun party vibe. You can feel that energy."

Expect more from Underwood as she's currently on the road with her "Cry Pretty Tour 360," which is scheduled to hit Toronto at the end of the week. Meanwhile, the official video for "Southbound" will arrive on Saturday!

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