Carrie Underwood wowed the audience at the 2022 CMT Music Awards as she levitated above the stage during a performance of her single "Ghost Story." Other country stars like Keith Urban, Carly Pearce, Maren Morris, and Little Big Town also delivered catchy performances. Kelsea Ballerini, who was unable to host in person due to testing positive for Covid-19, performed her new song "Heartfirst" from her backyard. The Judds, consisting of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, reunited for a performance of their classic hit "Love Will Build a Bridge." The night ended with a lively performance by Kenny Chesney.