Watch Gabby Barrett’s Explosive ‘I Hope’ at the 2020 CMT Music Awards

This performance was explosive!

Written by Chris Parton
Watch Gabby Barrett’s Explosive ‘I Hope’ at the 2020 CMT Music Awards
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 21: In this image released on October 21, Gabby Barrett performs onstage at Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, Tennessee for the 2020 CMT Awards broadcast on Wednesday October 21, 2020. (Photo by John Shearer/CMT2020/Getty Images for CMT)

Gabby Barrett delivered some emotional fireworks on the 2020 CMT Music Awards, performing her double platinum hit, “I Hope.”

A sleek, theatrical performance set in Nashville’s Bicentennial Park, the track was introduced by actress Idina Menzel, who noted the promise Barrett showed back when she was just a contestant on American Idol. But she’s evolved into a full-fledged artist of her own now, delivering stratospheric vocal runs and musically hoping a low-down cheater gets what he ultimately deserves.

Taking the stage alongside her newlywed husband Cade Foehner on lead guitar, Barrett started off seated in a jet-black jacket and bell bottoms combo, before standing up to scale the song’s emotional peak… all while smoke bombs and fireworks exploded behind her.

The mom-to-be earned two nominations with “I Hope” in Female Video of the Year and Breakthrough Video of the Year.

The 2020 CMT Music Awards air Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.