CMT.COM ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FIRST EVER “CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS”

01/23/07



CMT.COM ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF FIRST EVER “CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS”

Irreverent Show Created Exclusively for Broadband

Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts Celebrate Multiple Wins
 
 
NASHVILLE – January 23, 2007 – CMT.com announced today the first ever winners of the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS, a one-of-a-kind celebration of Internet excellence. Honored for the best digital achievements in 2006 at CMT.com, Carrie Underwood racked up four awards including Number One Digitally Active Female Artist. Rascal Flatts were also multiple winners, with two awards including Number One Streamed Music Video for “What Hurts the Most.” Keith Urban also took the top male honor for Number One Digitally Active Male Artist.

Created specifically for CMT’s broadband channel CMT Loaded, the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS feature hilarious “not for TV” antics with artists and hosts Adam Black, Lauren Rainey and Charla, along with music by Phil Lee from the lunch room, the freight elevator and even the bathroom. Highlights from the award festivities include an introduction by CMT’s own Loaded Girl 15, fun tips from
Montgomery Gentry on how to watch Loaded at work and Two Foot Fred on a frantic search for Carrie Underwood.

Featured guests and presenters on the show are Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Josh Turner, Lindsey Haun, Montgomery Gentry, Pam Tillis, Taylor Swift, Trent Tomlinson, Billy Gilman, James Otto, Chris Young, Hazel Smith, Deanna Kay (“Muzikmafia TV”), and Nashville Predators’ Martin Erat and Darcy Hordichuk.

The CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS were created specifically for CMT’s broadband channel CMT Loaded, and the winners are determined solely by the fans’ clicks. The awards recognize content and artists with the most online traffic during 2006 at CMT.com and CMT Loaded. Each winner will be presented with the CMT.com Loaded Mouse Award, a unique hand-painted gold computer mouse mounted inside a genuine mason jar.

The winners of the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS are:

1. NUMBER ONE STREAMED LIVE PERFORMANCE
Carrie Underwood & Jamie O’Neal “Does He Love You” from CMT GREATEST DUETS CONCERT

2. NUMBER ONE STREAMED HOTTEST CHICK WITH A BASEBALL BAT VIDEO
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” (Carrie Underwood)

3. NUMBER ONE STREAMED VIDEO FROM A NEW ARTIST (Rookie of the Year Award)
Lindsey Haun “Broken”

4. NUMBER ONE STREAMED NOT TO BE VIEWED AT WORK
Country Fried Home Videos (Trigger Chicks)

5. NUMBER ONE STREAMED STUDIO 330 SESSIONS
Jason Aldean “Hicktown”

6. NUMBER ONE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST LOADED VISITORS
Canada

7. NUMBER ONE STREAMED ORIGINAL CONTENT
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team “The Cut”

8. NUMBER ONE STREAMED GET LOADED AWARD
Trace Adkins “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”

9. NUMBER ONE STREAMED FUNNY BEHIND THE SCENES MOMENT
Country Fried Home Videos “In the Buff”

10. NUMBER ONE STREAMED STICKIN IT TO THE MAN VIDEO
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”

11. NUMBER ONE STREAMED MUSIC VIDEO
Rascal Flatts “What Hurts The Most”

12. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE GROUP / DUO
Rascal Flatts

13. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE FEMALE ARTIST
Carrie Underwood

14. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE MALE ARTIST
Keith Urban

Martin Clayton, vice president of digital media for CMT and Lewis Bogach, vice president, program production and development for CMT, oversee the development of original music and entertainment programming for CMT Loaded on CMT.com.

For more information on the CMT.com Loaded Awards, visit    http://www.cmt.com/music/events/loaded_awards/2007/.

Visit CMT's press-only web site www.cmtpress.com for more information and downloadable photos on all of CMT's programming.

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.

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