CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced

Sugarland, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift lead the field of nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, June 16, at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.

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The awards honor the year's top videos, as voted on by fans. This year, more than 2.5 million votes were cast to determine the final nominees. Sugarland garnered the most nominations with five, followed by Brad and Taylor with four each. All three acts are in the running for the night's biggest honor, Video of the Year. Fans can now vote online for the winners at cmt.com through Monday, June 15. The final nominees for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live telecast of the 2009 CMT Music Awards, June 16. Fans will be able to vote through cmt.com or text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live show to determine the Video of the Year winner. Highlighting the show are performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and English rockers Def Leppard.

Here are the final nominees for the 2009 CMT Music Awards.

Video of the Year

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director.  Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at cmt.com during the show.

  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” Trace Adkins
    (Director: Peter Zavadil)
  • “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers
    (Director: Shaun Silva)
  • “God Love Her” Toby Keith
    (Director: Michael Salomon)
  • “All Summer Long” Kid Rock
    (Directors: Robert Deaton & George Flanigen)
  • “Lookin’ for a Good Time” Lady Antebellum
    (Director: Chris Hicky)
  • “Waitin’ on a Woman” Brad Paisley
    (Directors: Jim Shea & Peter Tilden)
  • “Every Day” Rascal Flatts
    (Directors: Robert Deaton & George Flanigen)
  • “All I Want to Do” Sugarland
    (Director: Shaun Silva)
  • “Love Story” Taylor Swift
    (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
  • “Just a Dream” Carrie Underwood
    (Director: Roman White)
Male Video of the Year

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • “You’re Gonna Miss This” Trace Adkins
  • “God Love Her” Toby Keith
  • “Waitin’ on a Woman” Brad Paisley
  • “Sweet Thing” Keith Urban
Female Video of the Year

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • “More Like Her” Miranda Lambert
  • “Ride” Martina McBride
  • “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful” Kellie Pickler
  • “Love Story” Taylor Swift
Group Video of the Year

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • “Lookin’ for a Good Time” Lady Antebellum
  • “Bob That Head” Rascal Flatts
  • “Every Day” Rascal Flatts
  • “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band
Duo Video of the Year

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • “Put a Girl in It” Brooks & Dunn
  • “Roll With Me” Montgomery Gentry
  • “All I Want to Do” Sugarland
  • “Already Gone” Sugarland
USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album;
awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo)

  • “That Song in My Head” Julianne Hough
  • “In Color” Jamey Johnson
  • “Lookin’ for a Good Time” Lady Antebellum
  • “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band
Collaborative Video of the Year

Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists;
awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

  • “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire
  • “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers
  • “Start a Band” Brad Paisley With Keith Urban
  • “Life in a Northern Town” Sugarland, Little Big Town and Jake Owen
CMT Performance of the Year

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT;
awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • “Country Boy” from CMT Giants: Alan Jackson Alan Jackson featuring George Strait, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley
  • “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” from CMT Crossroads: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • “Life in a Northern Town” from the 2008 CMT Music Awards Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen
  • “Photograph” from CMT Crossroads: Def Leppard and Taylor Swift Taylor Swift and Def Leppard
Wide Open Video of the Year

Best video from an artist outside the mainstream of country music;
awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration)

  • “Photograph” Def Leppard and Taylor Swift
  • “All Summer Long” Kid Rock
  • “Please Read the Letter” Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
  • “Bartender Song” Rehab featuring Hank Williams Jr.
Video Director of the Year

Best video director of the year;
awarded to the director for his or her body of work from the past year

  • Robert Deaton & George Flanigen
    (award eligible videos include: Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day”)
  • Trey Fanjoy
    (award eligible videos include: Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and George Strait’s “Troubadour”)
  • Roman White
    (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream” and Reba McEntire’s “Every Other Weekend”)
  • Peter Zavadil
    (award eligible videos include: Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Joey + Rory’s “Cheater Cheater”)

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