CMT Awards: Underwood's Big Night, Kristofferson Honored
April 17, 2007 at 6:20 AM (PT)
The first Country awards show of the year was held last night (4/16) as the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS broadcast live from NASHVILLE's CURB EVENTS CENTER. The show, the only fan-voted awards in Country, was hosted by comedian JEFF FOXWORTHY. Stand-out performances were given by a number of Country's finest, including RASCAL FLATTS, KEITH URBAN, DIERKS BENTLEY, KENNY CHESNEY,
MARTINA McBRIDE and TOBY KEITH, as well as a funny opening skit that included BLAKE SHELTON.
One of the finest moments of the evening came when ROSANNE CASH presented singer/songwriter KRIS KRISTOFFERSON with the JOHNNY CASH Visionary Award. KRISTOFFERSON spoke of meeting JOHNNY CASH backstage at the RYMAN and how that encounter impacted his life and career. Another great moment in the show occurred just prior to the last performance of the night when FOXWORTHY gave a great testimony about Country music and why it is so important to him, the artists and the fans.
As the awards began unfolding, it became clear that CARRIE UNDERWOOD would have another big night. She emerged as the evening's big winner for her video of the hit, "Before He Cheats," which won for "Video Of The Year," "Female Video Of The Year," and "Director Of The Year," (ROMAN WHITE). KENNY CHESNEY was no slouch, winning "Male Video Of The Year"; RASCAL FLATTS won for "Group Video Of The Year"; and MERCURY stars SUGARLAND picked up "Duo Video Of The Year."
Newcomer TAYLOR SWIFT won the first award of her career for "Breakthrough Video Of The Year," and BIG MACHINE labelmate JACK INGRAM also won his very first CMT award, in the "Wide Open Country Video Of The Year" category.
And the winners are:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: CARRIE UNDERWOOD "Before He Cheats"
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: KENNY CHESNETY "You Save Me"
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: CARRIE UNDERWOOD "Before He Cheats"
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR: SUGARLAND "Want To"
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR: RASCAL FLATTS "What Hurts The Most"
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR: TAYLOR SWIFT "Tim McGraw"
WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR: JACK INGRAM "Love You"
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: ROMAN WHITE "Before He Cheats"
For more on the show as well as encore broadcasts, visit www.CMT.com.