CMT ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR THE “2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” COUNTRY MUSIC’S ONLY FAN-VOTED AWARDS SHOW

02/01/07

Online Voting Begins Thursday, February 1 on CMT.com and Ends February 23

Carrie Underwood, Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland
Lead the Pack With Three Nominations Each


NASHVILLE – February 1, 2007 – CMT turns the fate of the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS over to the fans as it announces finalists and opens up voting for country music’s only fan-voted awards show. Beginning Thursday, February 1 on CMT.com, fans can vote for their favorite videos to determine the final nominees for CMT’s sixth annual awards show. Comedian Jeff Foxworthy returns as host for the third consecutive year when the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premieres live from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET.*

The first round of voting runs from February 1 through February 23, only at CMT.com, where fans will select from the top eight nominees in each of the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories, including a brand new category, WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR, recognizing those artists who stretch the boundaries of mainstream country music. Also new to this year’s categories are the separation of the GROUP and DUO awards, both of which pit acts such as Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Brooks & Dunn against themselves, garnering entries for more than one video in the same category.

On February 28, CMT will announce the four finalists in each of the eight 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories except VIDEO OF THE YEAR. Fans can then vote online at CMT.com through Friday, April 13 to determine the winners. The final nominees for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the show, and fans can vote at CMT.com as well as via mobile phone throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

Videos that debuted on CMT between February 1, 2006 and January 15, 2007 are eligible for the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS and finalists have been determined by a blue-ribbon panel that includes noted country music journalists, as well as music industry and CMT executives. Log on to CMT.com to view streaming clips of nominated videos.

The eight nominees in the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:

CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration). Final four nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.
· Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats”
· Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready to Make Nice”
· George Strait – “The Seashores of Old Mexico”
· Keith Urban – “Once In a Lifetime”
· Kenny Chesney – “You Save Me”
· Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts the Most”
· Sugarland – “Want To”
· Toby Keith – “A Little Too Late”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist.
· Alan Jackson – “Like Red on a Rose”
· Dierks Bentley – “Long Trip Alone”
· George Strait – “The Seashores of Old Mexico”
· Josh Turner – “Would You Go With Me”
· Keith Urban – “Once in a Lifetime”
· Kenny Chesney – “You Save Me”
· Tim McGraw – “My Little Girl”
· Toby Keith – “A Little Too Late”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist.
· Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats"
· Faith Hill – “Stealing Kisses"
· Gretchen Wilson – “California Girls"
· LeAnn Rimes – “Some People"
· Lee Ann Womack – “Finding My Way Back Home"
· Reba McEntire – “Love Needs a Holiday”
· Sara Evans – “You’ll Always Be My Baby"
· Taylor Swift – “Tim McGraw”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists
· Alison Krauss and Union Station – “If I Didn’t Know Any Better”
· Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready To Make Nice”
· Emerson Drive – “Moments”
· Little Big Town – “Good as Gone”
· Lonestar – “Mountains”
· Rascal Flatts – “Life is A Highway”
· Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts the Most”
· SHeDAISY – “In Terms of Love”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists
· Big & Rich – “8th Of November”
· Brooks & Dunn – “Building Bridges”
· Brooks & Dunn – “Hillbilly Deluxe”
· Montgomery Gentry – “Some People Change”
· Sugarland – “Settlin’”
· Sugarland – “Want To”
· The Wreckers – “Leave The Pieces”
· Van Zant – “Things I Miss the Most”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major debut album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo).
· Ashley Monroe – “I Don’t Want To”
· Chris Young – “Drinkin’ Me Lonely”
· Danielle Peck – “Findin’ A Good Man”
· Jake Owen – “Yee Haw”
· Jason Aldean – “Amarillo Sky”
· Kellie Pickler – “Red High Heels”
· Taylor Swift – “Tim McGraw”
· The Wreckers – “Leave The Pieces”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Video that aired on CMT during WIDE OPEN COUNTRY and pushes the boundary of country music; awarded to the artist (male, emale, group/duo or collaboration).
· Alison Krauss and Union Station – “If I Didn’t Know Any Better”
· Jack Ingram – “Love You”
· Jimmy Buffett – “Bama Breeze”
· Johnny Cash – “God’s Gonna Cut you Down”
· Pat Green – “Dixie Lullaby”
· Sheryl Crow and Sting – “Always On Your Side”
· Shooter Jennings – “Gone To Carolina”
· Willie Nelson – “You Don’t Know Me”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Video with the best direction (video that best captures the mood, tempo, and intensity of the song); awarded to the video director for work on a specific video and accepted by the director and the artist.
· Charles Mehling / Dierks Bentley – “Long Trip Alone”
· David McClister / LeAnn Rimes – “Some People”
· Paul Boyd / Gary Allan – “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful”
· Roman White / Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats”
· Shaun Silva / Kenny Chesney – “You Save Me”
· Sophie Muller / Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready to Make Nice”
· Sophie Muller / Faith Hill – “Stealing Kisses”
· Wes Edwards / Jason Aldean – “Amarillo Sky”

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 83 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.

*EDITORS: The 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premiere LIVE on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 PM, Eastern and 7:00 PM, Central; and at 9:00 PM, Mountain and 8:00 PM, Pacific (tape delayed).

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