Reagan Cannon and Brian Vaughan attend a watch party for the CMT Awards.

It’s been three nominations and two wins in country music awards for music director Brian Vaughan.

The South Boston native took home Breakthrough Video of the Year at the CMT Awards last year after being nominated for that award and Female Video of the Year.

While he lost Female Vide of the Year last year to Carrie Underwood, he was able to snag the award this year.

“It’s pretty awesome,” said Vaughan after the win. “I really wanted the win. That one meant so much to me.”

He won the award for directing Gabby Barrett’s music video “The Good Ones.” He also directed her video for “I Hope.”

Local friends and family were able to celebrate the win with Vaughan instantly Wednesday at a CMT Awards watch party at Factory Street Brewery in South Boston.

Last year, he celebrated with a watch party in Nashville, but this time he really wanted to bring the win back home.

“This town is my home,” said Vaughan who was surrounded by his mom, children and friends, adding, “It was really special to me to bring it back home.”

For this video, he said he really stepped out.

Barrett’s song is about finding one of the good ones to spend the rest of your life with.

“It’s so easy for us to say (that we’re one of the good ones) but I didn’t want it to be that easy,” said Vaughan.

He strived to make the video extraordinary. He also admitted that “I Hope” was a safer video.

Nonetheless, that video did snag him Breakthrough Video of the Year, and being able to come back this year and take home an award that he missed out on last year made it that much more special.

Vaughan admitted that he didn’t think he would win.

But, even before he saw it on the streaming service at the brewery, people were already texting him “congratulations.”

“It was super cool to win an award that we lost last year, but losing to Carrie Underwood isn’t necessarily a bad thing. And we were still up against some good talent this year, like Kelsea Ballerini. Whenever you get a win, it’s going to be special.”

Barrett’s “The Good Ones” won against Carly Pearce’s “Next Girl,” Kelsea Ballerini’s “Hole in the bottle,” Maren Morris’ “To Hell & Back,” Mickey Guyton’s “Heaven Down Here” and Miranda Lambert’s “Settling Down.”

Thursday was a simpler day for Vaughan. He decided to take it easy and enjoy a day soaking in the news of his win.

But, that didn’t mean his Nashville life came to a halt.

He was on his way to Georgia Thursday afternoon. Touring is back so he’s headed to Texas for his next two shows.

He’s also in preproduction for a video he’s co-directing with Brantley Gilbert for a music video for a song featuring Gilbert, Hardy and Toby Keith.

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Ashley Hodge is the editor for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at