Backstage at the CMT Awards

Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and other stars reacted to their big wins backstage after the 2007 CMT Music Awards, April 16.

“I’m very excited to win the Video of the Year,”Carrie exclaimed before explaining that she wouldn’t have much time to savor her victory. “I’m in the studio tomorrow [Tuesday] morning to work on my new CD,” she said. Carrie’s new album, her follow-up to the smash Some Hearts, is due this fall and plans to showcase more songs written by Carrie. “We haven’t got the whole album figured out yet,” she noted. “As of now, there seems to be lots more up-tempo stuff. It’s going to be hard to say which ones we’ll keep.”

Teen sensation and high school student Taylor Swift also had next-morning plans of an equally pressing nature. “My final exams are tomorrow [Tuesday] at 8 a.m.,” explained Taylor, who is home schooled. As for her win for Breakthrough Video of the Year for her hit “Tim McGraw,” Taylor credited her legion of fans across the country. “This is for the MySpace people and everyone who voted,’ Taylor said.

Rascal Flatts is also working on a new CD, scheduled to hit stores in September. “We’re taking time off the road while we’re cutting the new record,” explained lead vocalist Gary LeVox. Added bassist/vocalist Jay De Marcus, “We’re excited about what we’re getting [in the studio]. I think we’re exploring more of who we are as a band.” Guitarist Joe Don Rooney remarked that their win for Group Video of the Year, “What Hurts the Most,” was the result of “a great concept” by director Shaun Silva. “The idea was something we never thought of,” said Joe Don.

Earlier on the Red Carpet, LeAnn Rimes revealed that her next album, Friends, will be released August 28, which also happens to be her 25th birthday.

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