Paisley, Swift Big Winners At 2009 CMT Music Awards
June 17, 2009 at 4:54 AM (PT)
It was a live and loud evening packed with great performances and memorable moments at tonight's 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS as BRAD PAISLEY and TAYLOR SWIFT emerged as the night's biggest winners with three and two wins, respectively. PAISLEY took home top honors for Male Video Of The Year ("Waitin' On A Woman"), Collaborative Video Of The Year ("Start A Band" with KEITH URBAN), and CMT Performance Of The Year, along with ALAN JACKSON, GEORGE STRAIT and DIERKS BENTLEY (for ALAN JACKSON's "Country Boy" from CMT Giants: ALAN JACKSON).
TAYLOR SWIFT brought home Female Video Of The Year and the night's highest honor for Video Of The Year ("Love Story"). SWIFT swept both of these categories for the second consecutive year.
For the seventh consecutive year, RASCAL FLATTS won Group Video Of The Year ("Every Day"); while SUGARLAND captured Duo Video Of The Year ("All I Want To Do"), which marks their third consecutive win in the Duo category.
KID ROCK won Wide Open Country Video Of The Year ("All Summer Long"); ZAC BROWN BAND was this year's winner of Usa Weekend Breakthrough Video Of The Year ("Chicken Fried"); and director TREY FANJOY won Video Director Of The Year for her entire body of work over the last year, which included TAYLOR SWIFT's "Love Story."
T-Pain, Swift Kick Off The Show
Hosted by actor/comedian BILL ENGVALL, the 2009 CMT Music Awards kicked off with an opening sketch featuring the widely-talked about collaboration between rap artist T-PAIN and TAYLOR SWIFT, rapping to a new version of TAYLOR's hit "Love Story," called "Thug Story." "T-SWEEZY" rapped such lines as "you don't wanna fight me in my extra-small white T."
DIERKS BENTLEY kicked off the live show with his newest hit, "Sideways," DARIUS RUCKER introduced his third single, "Alright," and was followed by LADY ANTEBELLUM, who reenacted the video for their nominated song, "Lookin' For A Good Time." BRAD PAISLEY performed his 10th consecutive and current #1 song, "Then," and TAYLOR SWIFT recreated the video for her top-10 hit "You Belong With Me."
In addition, a number of surprise performances marked the evening as SUGARLAND took the stage with ATLANTA neighbors the B-52s for a confetti-filled version of their hit "Love Shack." KEITH URBAN ventured into the crowd with his #1 single, "Sweet Thing," and then later joined JASON ALDEAN onstage for his rockin' #1 hit, "She's Country." TRACE ADKINS performed his touching single, "You're Gonna Miss This," and RASCAL FLATTS kept the show rolling with their latest single, "Summer Nights." KELLIE PICKLER performed "Best Days Of Your Life" and TOBY KEITH followed with his #1 smash "God Love Her." TAYLOR SWIFT and DEF LEPPARD closed the show with a recreation of their CMT CROSSROADS performance of "Pour Some Sugar On Me."