Bieber and Swift win country music awards
Thursday 09 June 2011
With a pre-taped
Thelma & Louise send-up, singers Taylor Swift and Shania Twain kicked off the CMT (Country Music Television) Awards Show, telecast live on June 8 from Nashville, Tennessee, an event filled with musical genre-blurring moments.
The ceremony, hosted by Kid Rock, found teen pop superstar Justin Bieber winning the Best Collaborative Video of the Year for "That Should Be Me," featuring country rock act Rascal Flatts.
Crossover performances included Lady Antebellum's cover of Prince's "Kiss" and the winner of the Breakthrough Video, The Band Perry, who performed an acoustic version of Rihanna's "Love the Way You Lie."
Besides country music favorites, presenters included rapper Ludacris and singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow, who moved to Nashville.
Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band received the Performance of the Year trophy for Buffett's classic "Margaritaville" on the channel's Crossroads show.
Not to be confused with the Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place in April as an officially sanctioned industry event that is the equivalent of the Grammys, the CMT Awards is fan-voted and comparable to MTV's Video Music Awards show. The cable/satellite channel is part of MTV Networks and programs country-styled music videos.
Notable winners included Taylor Swift, who took the top award for "Mine" as Video of the Year.
Also, newlyweds Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, who coincidentally won the Female Artist of the Year and Male Artist of the Year prizes, respectively. Shelton cohosts the TV talent show The Voice with Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.
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