Carrie Underwood Wins Two CMT Music Awards

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Carrie Underwood Wins Two CMT Music Awards

Published on June 06, 2012 by CMT News

Carrie Underwood

With wins in two categories, it was Carrie Underwood’s night at the
fan-voted 2012 CMT Music Awards telecast live Wednesday (June 6) from Nashville’s
Bridgestone Arena.

Other winners included Jason Aldean, Luke
Bryan
, Lady Antebellum, Miranda
Lambert
, Brad Paisley, Scotty
McCreery
and Thompson Square.

Underwood’s first win came
with Paisley for collaborative video for “Remind
Me,”
a track from his latest album, This Is Country Music. She offered a short acceptance speech but also observed
the interaction Paisley and her husband, Nashville Predators hockey player Mike Fisher, shared when the win was announced.

“Did
you see my husband hug him first?” Underwood joked.

As for Paisley, he credited his singing partner for the video’s
success.

“I’d like to thank this beautiful woman for being in the video,” he said. “Otherwise, it’s just a dork walking
through the desert. Thank you for being the eye candy of the video.”

In accepting the night’s biggest prize — the
video of the year award for “Good Girl” — Underwood thanked
the fans, including those who might not have necessarily voted for her.

“Everybody’s that been voting for any one of
us tonight, I know how great a company I am in as far as the other nominees,” she said. I just want to thank you guys for
watching the videos, voting for them, supporting all of us because we all need you, we all love you.”

Aldean won for
CMT Performance of the Year, a special category centering on live performances during CMT’s television programs. He was chosen
for “Tattoos on This Town” from the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year special.

“This is actually my first one of
these, so this is pretty cool,” Aldean said. “I have to say a big thank you to CMT for still playing videos. It’s such an
important part of what we do. … To the fans, thank you guys so much. This has been a fun year.”

Bryan accepted his
male video of the year award from comic Tom Arnold of CMT’s My Big Redneck Vacation and WWE superstar Steve Austin
of CMT’s new series, Redneck Island.

In accepting the CMT belt buckle trophy for “I
Don’t Want This Night to End,”
Bryan expressed special appreciation for his wife, no doubt referring to the depiction
of a relationship with an actress featured in the sultry video.

“When I came home to show my wife this video, I removed
all the bullets out of our house,” he said. “And I want to thank her for not going to buy more bullets to shoot me with. I
love you, baby. Thank you for letting me do this video.”

Pausing, Bryan noted, “This is my second CMT buckle. The first
time around, I threw a jacket in the crowd, right? Well, I found out it was a very expensive jacket, so I thought I would
potentially one day throw something cheaper. I have a lucky charm. I have some lucky camouflage underwear.”

Inviting
one of the presenters to do the honor, Arnold provided a strong, quick tug and yanked the boxers from the waistband of Bryan’s
jeans.

Lady Antebellum accepted the group video award for “We
Owned the Night.”

“Thank you to CMT for really connecting the dots with these videos,” band member Dave Haywood
said. “Thank you for playing these things.”

Lambert’s “Over
You”
won in the female video category. She and husband Blake Shelton
wrote the song about his brother who died in an automobile accident.

“This song, ‘Over You,’ means so much to me and
to my husband and to our family,” she said. “I just want to thank Blake’s brother, Richie, in heaven for inspiring us to write
this song.”

American Idol winner McCreery became a winner once again when he received the USA Weekend
Breakthrough Video of the Year award for “The Trouble With Girls.” He seized the moment by giving a shout-out to his high
school in his hometown of Garner, N.C.

“This award is so special to me ’cause I got to film this at my home high school,
Garner Magnet High School,” he said. “I thank everybody who came out to support that.”

Thompson Square claimed duo
video honors for “I Got You.”

“This has been an amazing
ride for me and Shawna,” Keifer Thompson said. “We want to thank God, first and foremost for all the blessings — and for
country fans for supporting country music and changing our lives forever.”

His wife added, “It wasn’t very long ago
that Keifer and I were selling belts and buckles right down the street at a Western store, so it’s pretty nice to be getting
one. This is awesome.”

The awards show began with a pre-recorded video segment centering around hosts Toby
Keith
and actress Kristen Bell. A parody of a political campaign about which one should host the show, the clip included
cameo appearances by a wide range of celebrities, including President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt
Romney, Today‘s Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb — and 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft interviewing Jon
Bon Jovi. With the awards show dilemma ending in a tie, Keith and Bell arrived onstage in a giant container paying homage
to his megahit, “Red Solo Cup.”

The music kicked off with
two Nashville-based groups — Lady Antebellum and Hot Chelle Rae — offering a mash-up of Hot
Chelle Rae’s “Tonight, Tonight” and Lady A’s “We Owned the Night.”

Hard country was represented by the Zac
Brown Band
‘s performance of their new single, “The
Wind,”
and the Pistol Annies’ Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena
Presley delivering “Takin’
Pills.”
But could you get more country than Hank Williams Jr.
teaming up with Paisley for an outdoor performance of “I’m
Going to Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams All Night Long”
? Willie Nelson
got some assistance from Keith, Jamey Johnson, Zac Brown and Darius
Rucker
on “Roll Me Up
and Smoke Me When I Die,”
a new song from Nelson’s latest album, Heroes.

Other performances were provided
by Underwood (“Good Girl”),
Bryan (
“Drunk on You”),
and Keith (“Beers Ago”),
along with The Band Perry (“Postcard
From Paris”
), Little Big Town (“Pontoon”)
and Kenny Chesney (“Come
Over”
). In addition to Williams’ performance with Paisley, Eric Church
appeared on the stage in the plaza area outside the arena to sing “Drink
in My Hand.”
Tickets to the awards show sell out quickly each year, but the outdoor performances were free and open to
the public.

The Nationwide stage featured several artists singing snippets of their songs, including McCreery (“Water
Tower Town”), Lauren Alaina (“Georgia Peaches”), Casey
James
(“Crying on a Suitcase”), Jana Kramer (“Why
Ya Wanna”
), the Farm (“Home
Sweet Home”
) and Kip Moore (“Somethin’
‘Bout a Truck”
).

Rascal Flatts and Journey closed the show
with a medley of Flatts’
“Banjo” and the rock band’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

In addition, the show included onstage appearances by CMT
One Country
spokesperson Sara Evans, Ronnie
Dunn
, Alan Jackson, Jake
Owen
, Kellie Pickler, sixth season American Idol winner
Jordin Sparks, American Idol finalists Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine, 2012 Indianapolis 500 sinner Dario Franchitti,
Twilight star Ashley Greene, pro skateboarder Tony Hawk, actor Dax Shepard and actresses Hayden Panettiere and Denise
Richards.

Check out complete coverage of the 2012 CMT Music Awards.

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