CMT Awards Highlights

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Last night (Jun 8), the CMT Awards were held at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and hosted by rocker-turned-country-crooner Kid Rock. The show boasted many moments that made Country fans smile, laugh, and see just how “cool” Country can be.

Speaking of cool, the end of the show was set on fire by Jason Aldean and seasoned rapper, Ludacris. The two collaborated on Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” where the Country star sang the chorus and the rapper spit the verses. It was one of the best cross-format collaborations that I’ve seen in a while. Apparently, Kid Rock thought so, too.

“Country’s kind of opened their arms and said, ‘Hey, if it’s cool and something good, we’re going to embrace that,'” he said. “I think country’s blazing the trail on just being open-minded.”

As far as awards go, not one star or group dominated the night. Among others, Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Sugarland, The Band Perry, and Lady Antebellum all took home one award.

  • Taylor Swift – Video of the Year, “Mine”
  • Miranda Lambert – Female Video, “The House That Built Me”
  • Sugarland – Duo Video, “Stuck Like Glue”
  • The Band Perry – USA Weekend breakthrough video, “If I Die Young”
  • Lady Antebellum – Group Video, “Hello World”
  • Jimmy Buffett’s “Margaritaville” ft. Zac Brown Band on CMT Crossroads – CMT Performance of the Year
  • Justin Bieber & Rascal Flatts – Collaborative Video of the Year, “That Should Be Me”
Blake Shelton was the only multi-award winner, taking home awards for Male Video (“Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”) and Web Video of the Year (“Kiss My Country Ass”). Shelton accepted the awards via satellite from the LA set of “The Voice” where he is the only Country judge, among three other pop stars.
“My gosh,” he said, “I can’t believe Shania Twain gave me an award.”

Twain’s entrance during the evening will likely be one of the most-talked-about parts of the show. She stumbled as she started down a runway but apparently came away unscathed, giggling as she took the stage.

 The performances rocked the house and found the crowd on their feet for most of the songs. Keith Urban performed his “Long Hot Summer,” while Zac Brown Band sang their new summer anthem “Knee Deep.” The Band Perry performed their own “You Lie” while sampling Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie.” Lady Antebellum also took a page from someone else’s book. They sang their new tune “Just A Kiss” and added Prince’s “Kiss” with lead singer, Charles Kelley jumping from his falsetto to playing the drums.

A couple actors were there to present awards, including Kristen Chenoweth. “This whole show is entertaining,” Chenoweth noted. “I think the Oscars could learn something from it.”

Did you watch the CMT Awards? What did you think?

Hear New Music First – HP 

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