CMT ANNOUNCES THE FINAL NOMINEES FOR THE “2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS”

02/28/07



CMT ANNOUNCES THE FINAL NOMINEES FOR THE “2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS”

Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood Lead With Three Nominations Each

The Dixie Chicks Garner Their First Fan-Voted Nomination Since 2003


NASHVILLE – February 28, 2007 – Country superstars Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood lead the final nominees for the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, it was announced today at a CMT press conference hosted by nominated duo, Sugarland. For the first time since 2003, the Dixie Chicks make the final nominees list, garnering two nominations, along with Sugarland and newcomers Jason Aldean and The Wreckers. Toby Keith also snags two nominations, hoping to hold on to his designation as the most-awarded CMT MUSIC AWARDS artist. The 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will air live from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET.*

Other notable nominees include Josh Turner who picks up his first nomination in the MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR category, among established country favorites Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and Toby Keith. Sting picks up his first CMT MUSIC AWARDS nomination along with Sheryl Crow for their duet, “Always On Your Side,” in the newly-created WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR category.
Fans can vote online at CMT.com through Friday, April 13 to determine the night’s 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. Log on to CMT.com to view streaming clips of nominated videos.
Below is a complete list of final nominees for the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS:

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).
•   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 boundaries of country music; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration).
•   Jack Ingram – “Love You”
•   Jimmy Buffett – “Bama Breeze”
•   Johnny Cash – “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”
•   Sheryl Crow and Sting – “Always On Your Side”

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.
•   Paul Boyd / Gary Allan – “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful”
•   Roman White / Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats”
•   Shaun Silva / Kenny Chesney – “You Save Me”
•   Wes Edwards / Jason Aldean – “Amarillo Sky”

CMT MUSIC AWARDS GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists.
•   Dixie Chicks – “Not Ready To Make Nice”
•   Little Big Town – “Good as Gone”
•   Rascal Flatts – “Life is A Highway”
•   Rascal Flatts – “What Hurts the Most”

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”
•   Sugarland – “Want To”
•   The Wreckers – “Leave The Pieces”

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"
•   Sara Evans – “You’ll Always Be My Baby"

CMT MUSIC AWARDS MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR   
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist.         
•   Josh Turner – “Would You Go With Me”
•   Kenny Chesney – “You Save Me”
•   Tim McGraw – “My Little Girl”
•   Toby Keith – “A Little Too Late”

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 and via mobile phone 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”

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy returns as host for the third consecutive year when the 2007

CMT MUSIC AWARDS airs live from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET.* The CMT MUSIC AWARDS remain country music’s only fan-voted awards show.

Tickets to the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS at The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville go on sale Saturday, March 3 at 10 a.m., CT and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 615-255-9600, online at CMT.com and ticketmaster.com.

CMT’s sixth annual awards show honors country music’s elite for the year’s most outstanding music videos and is the genre’s only fan-voted awards. Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will feature performances by Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sugarland and Dierks Bentley, with others soon to be announced. Voting is currently underway at CMT.com to determine the night’s big 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 final award of the night.

The 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is produced by Audrey Morrissey and Camouflage Films, Inc. Sarah Brock is the executive producer for CMT.

Visit CMT's press-only 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS web site www.cmtmusicawardspress.com for more information and downloadable photos.

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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