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Country Music Awards Predictions

I picked up the Taylor Swift “Red” album last week, and as I continue to evaluate and work on my album review I decided to share my predictions for tomorrow’s Country Music Awards. The show airs tomorrow night at 8PM on ABC…check it out!

Musician of the Year goes to the top instrument performer and past nominee Mac McAnally is pretty consistent in the win category. Dan Huff plays on top albums by country artists like Taylor Swift and Reba McEntire and others such as Michael Jackson and Celine Dion…a definite contender. Other nominees include Sam Bush, Paul Franklin and Brent Mason. I don’t know enough about any of these nominees and each are tremendously skilled musicians, therefore, I can’t make an educated guess on a winner. Watch the show to see who takes home the trophy.

Music Video of the Year:
“Come Over” – Kenny Chesney
“Over You” – Miranda Lambert
“Pontoon” – Little Big Town
“Red Solo Cup” – Toby Keith
“Springsteen” – Eric Church

I really think this is Little Big Town’s year, even though they weren’t nominated for Album of the Year…this song is going to do wonders for this groups career. I think they definitely deserve this award, but they are up against tough competition with Toby Keith’s drinking anthem. Miranda has a solid video as does Eric, but I really hope LBT walks away with this one.

Musical Event of the Year:
“Dixie Highway” – Alan Jackson/Zac Brown Band
“Feel Like A Rockstar” – Kenny Chesney/Tim McGraw
“Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die” – Willie Nelson/Snoop Dogg/Kris Kristofferson/Jamey Johnson
“Safe & Sound” – Taylor Swift/The Civil Wars
“Stuck On You” – Lionel Richie/Darius Rucker

I’m excited to see Willie Nelson on this years telecast, with a special duet set for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, but I don’t think he’ll be getting this trophy. What was very exciting this summer was to finally hear a tune by Tim and Kenny…it was a great summer song and was perfect to go along with their combo tour. I am partial to a Taylor Swift song and I liked the Hunger Games-inspired song, but I am a bigger fan of her duets from her new album. In terms of the performances that Lionel Richie pulled together for his Tuskegee album, I’m a little shocked at the one that made it in this list. I’m a Darius Rucker fan, but it’s not my favorite song from the album. I’m going to go with the ZBB/AJ tune for the win. I’m ZBB all the way!

Song of the Year:
“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” – Will Hoge and Eric Paslay
“God Gave Me You” – Dave Barnes
“Home” – Dan Wilson, Brett Beavers and Dierks Bentley
“Over You” – Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton
“Springsteen” – Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde

*Goes to artist and songwriter

Some of these songs come off of some of the best albums of 2012. Eric, Miranda and Dierks all had tremendous releases with several radio hits. “Springsteen” became a summer time hit and was fitting for this Philly/NJ area blogger that grew up on New Jersey rockers like Bruce Springsteen. Plus, if you aren’t listening to Dierks Bentley…shame on you. And of course, Miranda is completely consistent and it’s no surprise to find the personal tune that her and Blake wrote about his brother that passed away. Now if you haven’t heard of Dave Barnes, check him out. He’s released his own music, but you’ll find “Over You” on Blake’s latest album. Lastly, I came across the Eli Young Band over four years ago and was hooked by their first album. Now on their second and they finally are getting noticed with tunes like “Crazy Girl” and the nominated song, “Even If It Breaks  Your Heart.” I’m liking the Eric Church song this year, his album Chief is off the chains.

Album of the Year:
Chief – Eric Church
Four The Record – Miranda Lambert
Home – Dierks Bentley
Own The Night – Lady Antebellum
Tailgates & Tanlines – Luke Bryan

In my mind, in order for an artist to win the Album trophy there needs to be multiple songs that reach the top of the charts or are radio hits. All these albums reach my criteria, however, a few stand out a little bit more than others. Luke has been on fire and this album puts him into the game with the big boys. Lady A had four radio releases, but only “Just A Kiss” and “We Owned The Night” reach number one and the remaining singles fizzled. “5-1-5-0” is one of my favorite songs on the radio right now. Also, I love “Home” and “Am I The Only One” from Dierks latest album. All three songs reached number one. What’s even better is his latest single “Tip It On Back” is climbing the charts and is as catchy and creatively written as any song you’d expect from Dierks. One of the biggest letdowns for me is not seeing “Baggage Claim” make it to number one. Miranda did reach the top with “Over You” but that’s the only song that probably got enough radio play to succeed. “Fastest Girl In Town” is growing in presence on the air waves but it’s too little too soon. I’m putting my money on Eric this year, simple as that. If you don’t have Chief, go get it.

Single of the Year:
“Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean
“God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton
“Home” – Dierks Bentley
“Pontoon” – Little Big Town
“Springsteen” – Eric Church

The fact that Little Big Town hasn’t seen number one before “Pontoon” reached that mark is amazing. The song came out at the perfect time, in the midst of the summer months and captured people with its catchy and memorable chorus. If this song doesn’t win, nothing is right in the world.

Vocal Duo of the Year:
Big & Rich
Love and Theft
Sugarland
The Civil Wars
Thompson Square

Love and Theft had a breakout year with their self-titled album, even though they are minus a member. The album spawned their first number one with “Angel Eyes.” And Thompson Square had a very successful first album that gave us “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “I Got You.” The duo released a new song recently, coming off an upcoming, yet-to-be-determined album. These are both very promising duos that are certainly giving Big & Rich and Sugarland a run for their money. I’m going with Thompson Square this go-round.

Vocal Group of the Year:
Eli Young Band
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

I see this category as the most difficult to predict. I can’t even conceive that Rascal Flatts isn’t even nominated and how many “newer” groups were considered. Lady A will probably end up winning, but they just might not be the most deserving. LBT has been nominated six times in this category and never won. ZBB is one of the best shows I’ve ever seen live and they deserve everything they are nominated for. Plus, The Band Perry is creeping right up and stealing people’s hearts with tremendous song writing and talent. Lastly, Eli Young Band have been around longer than people probably realize and have certainly put in years of hard work to get to this point in their career.

New Artist of the Year:
Lee Brice
Brantley Gilbert
Hunter Hayes
Love and Theft
Thompson Square

It’s no doubt that every single one of these singers will have long and successful careers. I’ve been a Love and Theft fan since they were a trio and been a fan of Lee Brice since I heard his tune “More Than A Memory” that Garth Brooks recorded nearly five years ago. It’s hard to see how Thompson Square is even in this category, considering they’ve won Duo of the Year at this year’s ACM’s and been nominated for the New Artist award before. I saw Hunter Hayes out on tour with Carrie Underwood earlier this fall and that kid can definitely put on a show. I think Brantley Gilbert should get this trophy, he’s country and he’s got a great album on his hands, plus he’s working with one of the best labels in Nashville…Big Machine Record Group.

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

As a fan of all these fancy men, it’s hard for me to choose. I saw the Jason/Luke concert this summer and I saw one of the best shows of the year. Keith puts on one hell of a show and is tremendously consistent with his music. Blake is Blake and is a true showman, what you see is what you get. I’d love to see Eric win, but I can totally someone like Luke come in and steal it.

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

Much like the men that are nominated, I am huge fan of all theses talented ladies as well. I’ve seen all of the nominees in concert the last couple of years and certainly wasn’t let down by any of the performances. The trophy will probably go to Miranda, maybe Carrie, but I don’t see Taylor getting it this time. I’m sure Kelly appreciates the nomination but I don’t see her winning any country awards with her most recent album. Martina it’s probably the biggest female voice of my lifetime and I would love to see her win.

Entertainer of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift

One of the coolest things I’ve seen this year was the Kenny Chesney concert from Wildwood NJ. I didn’t get to be down the shore but I watched it online and it was pretty spectacular. Even thinking back to the concert now after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Jersey Shore makes the show even more special. There’s no doubt Kenny can put on a show just about anywhere. Another guy who rocks the stage is Jason. If loud and a guitar-laced show is what you’re looking for, then check him out. I love Brad in concert too, he puts on a great show mixed in with creatively written songs. I haven’t seen Blake live, but I’ve been a fan for years and would love to see him win just to hear what he has to say. Lastly, Taylor is a creative mastermind and puts on one heck of a live show and is a record label’s best friend. She is deserving but I don’t know if it’s her year.

Make sure to tune in tomorrow at 8PM on ABC. I’ll be live tweeting, follow me @DandD_Of_It.

ACM Performance Recap

If you like country music then you probably caught the Academy of Country Music Awards last night…if not, I’ll sum up my favorite part of the show…THE PERFORMANCES. Many artists debuted new music, whether new singles or music from new albums. I think the music this year was very fresh and wasn’t repetitive from many of the last award shows.

Carrie Underwood opened the show with a performance of her new song, “Good Girl,” from her upcoming album Blown Away. Carrie’s fourth album hits shelves on May 1. There hasn’t been a tour announced for this summer yet, but the iHeartRadio Music Festival organizers told the media today that there would be another event this September and hopefully Carrie will be reprising her performance again. Check out Carrie’s performance below…I wasn’t too impressed by this one, she still blows away a lot of the other vocalists even for a “bad” performance, but she seemed winded at times. She makes up for it by her stunning looks and awesome stage presence…decide for yourself and leave a comment below.

Another great performance of a new song is Eric Church’s “Springsteen” off his amazing record Chief. If you’re not a fan of Eric’s yet, you need to start listening to him NOW. I think this song will be a summer hit, people just need to give him a listen and they’ll be hooked. Eric took part in the annual pre-ACM tradition of playing to hundreds of fans at the Fremont Street fan concert this year. The video below is from that show, but he also sang the song during the award show telecast. Take a listen and see how much he interacts with his audience…once you see how fun his show are, download or buy his album, you won’t regret it.

One of my favorite performances of the evening was with Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. By now everyone knows they are touring together this summer, but it was news to me (until last night) that they recorded a song together. “Feel Like A Rockstar” is off Kenny’s upcoming album Welcome To The Fishbowl. It’s definitely a departure from Kenny’s laid-back, beach approach to music…which he’s successfully taken advantage of in the last decade, but certainly didn’t upset any fans who most likely enjoyed the performance last night. It’s clear Tim and Kenny will be having one helluva good time this summer and for those of you who have a ticket to any of those shows you are in for a good time. Watch the video below and let me know what your think.

The last of the performances that I’m highlighting is Rascal Flatts. Their new single, “Bango,” hit the radio a few weeks ago and the group sang a great rendition of the tune with banjo-afficionado, comedian Steve Martin. The band’s new album called Changed features the new hit, but minus any Steve Martin banjo playing. It’s a good tune but nothing spectacular. The group has been over-shadowed the last few years by Lady Antebellum and this song isn’t going to make a run good enough to pass them. I think people will like it because it’s catchy but if you want to win back any old Flatts fans that have become Lady A fans…they’re going to need to try a little harder. Judge for yourself and leave a comment below.

Other notable performances:
-Chris Young was on par with his performance of “Save Water, Drink Beer.” It’s a departure from his last few singles…”Voices,” “Tomorrow,” or “You”…but definitely still connects with fans.
-Zac Brown Band hit the stage to sing “Whiskey’s Gone” and was joined by Brad Paisley in a great guitar matchup that made for a great unexpected collaboration.
-Miranda Lambert pulled on the heartstrings with the Blake Shelton-penned tune “Over You.”
-I loved, loved, loved the new song from The Band Perry…”Postcard From Paris”…if you haven’t gotten their album, go get it!
-Jason Aldean (who was robbed of the Best Album) performed “Fly Over States.”
-A Bono-endorsement for Dierks Bentley was well-deserved for his tune “Home.” Another great album, if you don’t already have it.
-I don’t need an excuse to watch Luke Bryan…ever. Even though “I Don’t Want This Night To End” has been out for a while now, I still thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I think he sounded great, maybe even the best sounding artist of the night.
-Lady Antebellum also sang my favorite song of theirs…”Dancing Away With My Heart.” This trio is the best around and whether they are singing the alphabet or one of their hit songs, I will still be listening.

There were other great performances but I think I summed up the best-of-the-best. I was a little bummed we didn’t hear Taylor Swift or Sugarland or even co-host Reba McEntire…but the on-stage wedding with Martina McBride and Train’s Pat Monahan or the country take-over of Lionel Richie or the odd appearance of rock legends KISS…there was certainly something for everyone.

American Country Awards Winners

In case you missed it, the American Country Awards were on last night and Jason Aldean cleaned house.  Jason took home six awards Monday in Las Vegas, including the night’s top honor, Artist of the Year, Record of the Year for My Kinda Party, Touring Artist of the Year and won Male Single of the Year for “My Kinda Party” and vocal collaboration single of the year for “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson.

Carrie Underwood also won a few awards too, including Female Artist of the Year and Female Single and Video of the Year for “Mama’s Song.”

The show also focused on a few new artists, including Thompson Square.  The husband-and-wife duo won three awards, including Group Single, New Artist Single and New Artist Video of the Year awards for their breakthrough hit “Are You Going to Kiss Me Or Not?”  Chris Young won two awards, Breakthrough Artist and Single of the Year for “Voices.”  And American Idol winner Scotty McCreery was named New Artist of the Year.

Alabama won a Greatest Hits Award and Toby Keith was named Artist of the Decade as the most-played country star on radio over the past 10 years.  Blake Shelton won video of the year for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”  Lady Antebellum won a second straight group of the year.

Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth hosted the big night, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Here are some pictures from the evening:

Jason flanked by his 6 awards

Thompson Square

Scotty McCreery

CMA Award Predictions

There’s not much time until showtime…but still enough to get my predictions in.  There’s a lot of great artists and music going on this year so some of the choices are easier than others, but check out my predictions below.

Music Video of the Year:
“Honeybee” – Blake Shelton
“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
“Mean” – Taylor Swift
“Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley feat. Alabama
“You And Tequila” – Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter

This is a tough category because I love each of these songs but choosing the video that is better is a little easier.  Brad’s videos are always a hit and the song is a great tribute to a great band.  Kenny knocked “You And Tequila” out of the park and couldn’t have chosen a better person to sing on that song.  Taylor always has decent videos and the creativity level on “Mean” is pretty tremendous.  The Band Perry and Blake’s videos are great songs and could possibly both acts biggest songs, but I wasn’t feeling these two videos.  I think the trophy will go to Brad Paisley for “Old Alabama.”

Vocal Event of the Year:
“As She’s Walking Away” – Zac Brown Band feat. Alan Jackson
“Coal Miner’s Daughter” – Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson
“Old Alabama” – Brad Paisley feat. Alabama
“You And Tequila” – Kenny Chesney feat. Grace Potter

If I was asked to make this decision six months ago it would have been “Don’t You Wanna Stay” without a doubt.  But the pairing of Kenny and Grace is pure genius.  I’m putting my money “You And Tequila.”

Song of the Year:
“Colder Weather” – Zac Brown, Wyatt Durrette, Levi Lowrey, and Coy Bowles
“Dirt Road Anthem” – Jason Aldean and Colt Ford
“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry
“Mean” – Taylor Swift
“You And Tequila” – Matraca Berg and Deana Carter

This award goes to the songwriter and in my opinion the most coveted award.  “Colder Weather” is a great impact song as well as “If I Die Young.”  If you want to go with the emotional toil that country music is known for then these two songs capture it.  “Dirt Road Anthem” was one of those songs that grew on me.  I wasn’t a fan right away but I am digging it, however, I don’t think it will win this category.  Back to “You And Tequila.”  Deana Carter has been absent from the CMA’s for some time but is no stranger to taking home awards for her songwriting.  I definitely think this song has a chance.  And Taylor…we all know the girl can write, I don’t know if this is the song I would have chosen to be in this category.  Several other songs on Speak Now are better and I don’t think she’ll take this award.  I’m going to go with The Band Perry.

Album of the Year:
All About Tonight – Blake Shelton
My Kinda Party – Jason Aldean
Speak Now – Taylor Swift
This Is Country Music – Brad Paisley
You Get What You Give – Zac Brown Band

Fairly easy category…considering this is a HUGE deal.  Taking Album of the Year is pretty significant and I won’t beat around the bush…Zac Brown Band is taking this trophy.

Single of the Year:
“A Little Bit Stronger” – Sara Evans
“Colder Weather” – Zac Brown Band
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” – Jason Aldean feat. Kelly Clarkson
“Honeybee” – Blake Shelton
“If I Die Young” – The Band Perry

This is great that Sara gets a nod for her new album, I’m so glad she’s back with new music…hopefully we’ll see Faith nominated again real soon.  Anyway, Blake’s song is a great country tune and I couldn’t imagine anyone else singing it.  The song really solidified his spot on the charts, but I don’t think it will get him this award.  Jason and Kelly rocked this song and along with “If I Die Young” you couldn’t put the radio on this summer without hearing these songs.  Zac and the band nailed it with “Colder Weather” and have a good shot.  I think Jason and Kelly will get this one.

Vocal Duo of the Year:
The Civil Wars
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
Thompson Square

Kind of easy since Brooks & Dunn split.  The other groups are all pretty new and Montgomery Gentry won’t top Sugarland.

Vocal Group of the Year:
The Band Perry
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Rascal Flatts
Zac Brown Band

This category is close with Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band.  I don’t know if Rascal Flatts has what it takes to top Lady A and ZBB.  Little Big Town is a great band and puts out great album after great album but never seems to have that extra umph.  And The Band Perry has a better shot at New Artist.  Lady A all the way.

New Artist of the Year:
The Band Perry
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Thompson Square
Chris Young

I think this is The Band Perry’s year.  I’m a huge fan of Eric Church and Luke Bryan and I don’t really consider them new.  The other two nominees, Thompson Square and Chris Young, are equally deserving but The Band Perry is taking home the award.

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Kenny Chesney
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Keith Urban

Tough decision.  They’re all handsome men and all have some great tunes out there right now.  Blake is everywhere with his tv show and rocking album.  Keith, Kenny and Brad have been around and expected as nominees.  I’d love to see Jason win.  I’m going to go with Brad.

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Sara Evans
Miranda Lambert
Martina McBride
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood

I think this category will come down to Sara and Taylor.  Carrie hasn’t had a new album out in over a year.  Plus, Miranda and Martina’s new albums just came out.  They’ve all been touring this year, minus Carrie.  This just might go to Taylor.  I’m a little bummed Reba isn’t nominated, but can’t win them all.  I’m betting on Taylor Swift.

Entertainer of the Year:
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban

I haven’t seen any of these folks on the road this year…so I’m going to wing it and just make a pick.  I’m going with Brad.

The show starts in less than 10 mins…follow along with my live tweets @mDELONG11.

CMA’s Countdown: 1 day

Leading up to tomorrow’s CMA’s, some of the biggest country singers got stars on the Music City Walk of Fame.  Alan Jackson and Kix Brooks were among the recipients and Reba McEntire was on hand to share the moment with Kix.

Also, Robin Roberts’ special In The Spotlight aired tonight…she chatted with Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill and Sugarland.  Here’s a bit of Sugarland’s piece as they discuss the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

Check back in tomorrow…I’ll be live tweeting during the show so make sure to follow @mDELONG11 for all the Country Music Award details!

CMA’s Countdown: 2 days

Rehearsals are underway for this week’s CMA’s.  The show is just two days away.

Hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood met with several Clear Channel radio people to talk about the show and lots more! Check it out below…some of it is pretty funny.

Besides Brad and Carrie…Martina McBride, The Band Perry and (my fav) Faith Hill were among the first artists rehearsing for the show on Sunday (Nov.6).

The 45th Annual CMA Awards airs live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, November 9 at 8PM on ABC.

Taylor Swift Takes Home Six Teen Choice Awards

From what I heard, Taylor Swift put on a great show in Philadelphia on Saturday.  I unfortunately didn’t get out to see her this summer, but there’s always next year.  I guess right after the show she jumped on a plane to get out to L.A. for the Teen Choice Awards.  She walked away with six surf boards for Choice Music: Female Artist, Choice Music: Female Country Artist, Choice Music: Country Single (“Mean”), Choice Break-Up Song (“Back to December”) and the evening’s Ultimate Choice Award.

Check out her acceptance speech for the Ultimate Choice Award.

But what seemed to get everyone’s attention was who Taylor was sitting next to for the evening.  It was none other than the Twilight Saga’s Ashley Greene.  It seems they boneded throughout the show as they were seen chatting and posing for pictures but what could two of Joe Jonas’ ex’s really be talking about?

Here are a few other people Taylor ran into:

Emma Stone

Cameron Diaz

Ashton Kutcher

Justin Bieber

Other country winners include: Keith Urban won for Choice Male Country Artist and Lady Antebellum won for Choice Country Group.

T. Swift leads country nominees for Teen Choice Awards

The 2011 Teen Choice Awards were announced earlier this week.  Taylor Swift leads the country music nominations with six.   

The Teen Choice country music categories are: 

Choice Music: Male Country Artist

  • Jason Aldean
  • Luke Bryan
  • Brad Paisley
  • Blake Shelton
  • Keith Urban

Choice Music: Female Country Artist

  • Miranda Lambert
  • Jennette McCurdy
  • Kellie Pickler
  • Taylor Swift
  • Carrie Underwood

Choice Music: Country Single

  • “If I Die Young,” The Band Perry
  • “Country Girl (Shake It for Me),” Luke Bryan
  • “Just a Kiss,” Lady Antebellum
  • “Honey Bee,” Blake Shelton
  • “Mean,” Taylor Swift

Choice Music: Country Group

  • Lady Antebellum
  • The Band Perry
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Steel Magnolia
  • Little Big Town

Taylor Swift is also nominated for; Choice Music: Female Artist, Choice Music: Love Song, Choice Break-Up Song and Choice Red Carpet Fashion Icon: Female.

The 2011 Teen Choice Awards will air LIVE Sunday, August 7 at 8 p.m. on Fox.   You can vote once a day for your favorites by clicking  HERE.

Swift, Lady A winners at Billboard Music Awards

 

Taylor Swift was the first winner of the night at Sunday’s 2011 Billboard Music Awards, where she was named Top Billboard 200 Artist for Speak Now.

More than two hours later, she collected another trophy, as Country Artist of the Year. “I’m just havin’ the best time doin’ this,” she said.  Taylor also won for Top Country Album for Speak Now.

Keith Urban sang his new country hit “Long Hot Summer.”

Lady Antebellum collected the trophy for Top Country Song for “Need You Now” and performed the new single “Just A Kiss.”

CMT Music Award Nominees Announced

Complete nominations were announced yesterday for the 2011 CMT Music Awards.  Jason Aldean is the leading nominee with a total of four nominations.  The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band earned three nominations apiece. 

Online fan voting in all 10 categories is now open at CMT.com through June 7.  The show will take place in Nashville on June 8.

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!

The final nominees in each of the 2011 CMT Music Awards categories include:

Video of the Year
• Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party”
• Kenny Chesney – “The Boys of Fall”
• Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”
• Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
• Rascal Flatts – “Why Wait”
• Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”
• Taylor Swift – “Mine”
• The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
• Carrie Underwood – “Undo It”
• Zac Brown Band – “Colder Weather”

Male Video of the Year
• Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party”
• Kenny Chesney – “The Boys of Fall”
• Toby Keith – “Bullets in the Gun”
• Blake Shelton – “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
• Keith Urban – “Without You”

Female Video of the Year
• Sara Evans – “A Little Bit Stronger”
• Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
• Reba McEntire – “Turn On the Radio”
• Taylor Swift – “Mine”
• Carrie Underwood – “Undo It”

Group Video of the Year
• Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”
• Little Big Town – “Little White Church”
• Rascal Flatts – “Why Wait”
• The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
• Zac Brown Band – “Colder Weather”

Duo Video of the Year
• Steel Magnolia – “Last Night Again”
• Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”
• The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”
• The JaneDear Girls – “Wildflower”
• Thompson Square – “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”

USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year
• Lee Brice – “Love Like Crazy”
• Aaron Lewis – “Country Boy”
• Jerrod Niemann – “Lover, Lover”
• The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
• Thompson Square – “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not”

Collaborative Video of the Year
• Jason Aldean with Kelly Clarkson – “Don’t You Wanna Stay”
• Justin Bieber featuring Rascal Flatts – “That Should Be Me”
• Kid Rock featuring Sheryl Crow – “Collide”
• Aaron Lewis featuring George Jones and Charlie Daniels – “Country Boy”
• Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow – “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

CMT Performance of the Year
(musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT)
• Martina McBride and Train – “A Broken Wing” from CMT Crossroads: Train and Martina McBride
• Reba McEntire – “If I Were a Boy” from Unplugged: Reba
• Darius Rucker and Adele – “Need You Now” from 2010 CMT Artists of the Year
• Keith Urban and John Mayer – “Sweet Thing” from CMT Crossroads: John Mayer and Keith Urban
• Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville” from CMT Crossroads: Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band

Best Web Video of the Year (new for 2011)
(best video created primarily for Internet streaming)
• Jason Aldean – “My Kinda Party” (live from the CMT.com webcast)
• Luke Bryan – “It’s a Shore Thing”
• Lady Antebellum – “Stars Tonight”
• Blake Shelton – “Kiss My Country Ass”
• Taylor Swift – “Mine” (live from the Speak Now album release party)

Video Director of the Year
• Deaton Flanigen (award-eligible videos include Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow’s “Collide” and the JaneDear Girl’s “Wildflower”)
• Trey Fanjoy (award-eligible videos include Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”)
• Chris Hicky (award-eligible videos include Carrie Underwood’s “Undo It” and Keith Urban’s “Without You”)
• David McClister (award-eligible videos include The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” and LeAnn Rimes’ “Swingin'”)
• Roman White (award-eligible videos include Lady Antebellum’s “Hello World” and Kellie Pickler’s “Makin’ Me Fall in Love Again”)