CMT ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR SECOND ANNUAL “CMT ONLINE AWARDS”

01/23/08



NASHVILLE – January 23, 2008 – CMT announced the finalists for the second annual CMT ONLINE AWARDS today at CMT.com. Double-platinum recording artist and first bona-fide country star of the MySpace generation, Taylor Swift, will recap the nominees from the comfort of her very own tour bus in a half-hour special CMT ONLINE AWARDS NOMINEE SHOW, premiering on CMT.com and CMT on Wednesday, January 30 at 9:00-9:30 a.m., ET/PT. Finalists were selected based on the number of clicks during 2007 at CMT.com.

The CMT ONLINE AWARDS, which premieres at CMT.com on Tuesday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m., ET/PT, honors the best digital moments of 2007 with original categories including “Not-to-be-Viewed at Work,” “Behind Bars” and “Digitally Active,” along with more conventional categories including “Number One Streamed Video.”

The nominees for the second annual CMT ONLINE AWARDS are:

1. NUMBER ONE STREAMED LIVE PERFORMANCE
- Bon Jovi “You Want to Make a Memory” from UNPLUGGED
- Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson “Because of You” from CMT CROSSROADS
- Kid Rock “My Name is Bocephus” from CMT GIANTS
- Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” from the CMT MUSIC AWARDS

2. NUMBER ONE STREAMED VIDEO FROM A NEW ARTIST
- Luke Bryan “All My Friends Say”
- Bucky Covington “A Different World”
- Brent Keith “Looking for a Road”
- Rissi Palmer “Country Girl”

3. NUMBER ONE STREAMED NOT-TO-BE-VIEWED-AT-WORK
- “Sage of the Wabash” from COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS
- “Jay Blows a Gasket” from I WANT TO LOOK LIKE A HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADER AGAIN
- “Melon-choly Baby” from SOUTHERN FRIED FLICKS EXTRAS
- “New York Auditions Group 1” from THE ULTIMATE COYOTE UGLY SEARCH

4. NUMBER ONE STREAMED UNPLUGGED AT STUDIO 330
- Rodney Atkins “Watching You”
- Big & Rich “Lost in this Moment”
- Kris Kristofferson “Me and Bobby McGee”
- Taylor Swift “Teardrops on My Guitar”

5. NUMBER ONE STREAMED BEHIND BARS VIDEO
- Jeff Bates “One Second Chance”
- Dierks Bentley “Long Trip Alone”
- LeAnn Rimes “Nothin’ Better to Do”
- Blake Shelton “The More I Drink”

6. NUMBER ONE STREAMED USER-GENERATED VIDEO
- CMT Greenscreen Project with Dierks Bentley “Clip One Winner”
- CMT Homegrown: Hometown Edition “James Johann, Paola, Kansas”
- Music City Madness 2 Katelyn Jolley “This Game”
- The Vent “Gertrude”

7. NUMBER ONE STREAMED FUNNY BEHIND THE SCENES MOMENT
- CMT COMEDY STAGE “Jon Reep and Melissa Peterman Backstage”
- TY MURRAY’S CELEBRITY BULL RIDING CHALLENGE “Jonny Dareplay”
- GONE COUNTRY “Howdy Partners”
- CMT LOADED OUTSIDER “I Think My Bidet is Broken”

8. NUMBER ONE STATE WITH THE MOST CMT.COM VISITORS
- California
- Florida
- Ohio
- Texas

9. NUMBER ONE STREAMED MUSIC VIDEO
- Kellie Pickler “Red High Heels”
- Sugarland “Stay”
- Taylor Swift “Teardrops on My Guitar”
- Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”
- Carrie Underwood “So Small”

10. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE GROUP/DUO
- Brooks & Dunn
- Montgomery Gentry
- Emerson Drive
- Sugarland
- Rascal Flatts

11. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE FEMALE ARTIST
- Faith Hill
- Reba McEntire
- Kellie Pickler
- Taylor Swift
- Carrie Underwood

12. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE MALE ARTIST
- Kenny Chesney
- Toby Keith
- Tim McGraw
- Brad Paisley
- Keith Urban

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