CMT.COM INTRODUCES ITS MOST ORIGINAL SHOW YET WITH THE “CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS”

01/11/07



CMT.COM INTRODUCES ITS MOST ORIGINAL, MOST IRREVERENT SHOW YET WITH THE ONE-OF-A-KIND “CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS” TO DEBUT JANUARY 23

CMT.com Awards Most Active Online Artists and Videos from 2006 with the Loaded Mouse Award


NASHVILLE – January 11, 2007 – CMT.com introduces the awards show of tomorrow, today. In a one-of-a-kind celebration of Internet excellence, CMT has announced the final nominees of the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS. With a little bit of wisdom and a whole lot of wit, CMT.com combines original categories, including “Hottest Chick with a Baseball Bat Video” and “Not-to-be-Viewed at Work,” with its newly unveiled Loaded Mouse Award to honor only the best digital moments of 2006.

“Over the past year, CMT has relied on the country music community to help drive digital awareness and we wanted to create a fun way to thank artists for their participation,” said Lewis Bogach, vice president, program production and development for CMT. “The CMT.com Loaded Awards shatters the typical awards show formula, and creates an outrageous new way to recognize the artists and videos that were most viewed by the fans on CMT.com.”

The final winners will be revealed with the exclusive online premiere of the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS at CMT.com on Tuesday, January 23. The show, helmed by CMT Loaded hosts Adam Black, Lauren Rainey and Charla, will feature the music and antics of Phil Lee. Additional guest appearances include Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts and Two Foot Fred.

Presenters of the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS include Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Josh Turner, 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 will award content with the most online traffic during 2006 at CMT.com and its broadband channel, 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. Log on to CMT.com to view streaming clips of nominated videos.
The final nominees for the CMT.COM LOADED AWARDS are:

1. NUMBER ONE STREAMED LIVE PERFORMANCE
Trace Adkins “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” from FOXWORTHY’S BIG NIGHT OUT
Dierks Bentley “Cab of My Truck” from SUMMERFEST 2006
Randy Travis and Josh Turner “King of the Road” from CMT CROSS COUNTRY
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
Trace Adkins “Swing” (Lindsey Kelley)
Jack Ingram “Love You” (Dina Margolin)
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” (Carrie Underwood)

3. NUMBER ONE STREAMED VIDEO FROM A NEW ARTIST (Rookie of the Year Award)
Lindsey Haun “Broken”
Danielle Peck “Findin’ A Good Man”
Taylor Swift “Tim McGraw”
Trent Tomlinson “One Wing In The Fire”

4. NUMBER ONE STREAMED NOT TO BE VIEWED AT WORK
Country Fried Home Videos (Trigger Chicks)
The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search Auditions (New York Audition Group 1)
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team (the uniform fitting)
Video Babes (You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like That)

5. NUMBER ONE STREAMED STUDIO 330 SESSIONS
Jason Aldean “Hicktown”
Little Big Town “Bring It On Home”
Brian Littrell “Don’t Take The Girl”
Craig Morgan “Almost Home”

6. NUMBER ONE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST LOADED VISITORS
Australia
Canada
Germany
United Kingdom

7. NUMBER ONE STREAMED ORIGINAL CONTENT
Country Fried Home Videos “Bellie Flop”
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team “The Cut”
Foxworthy’s Big Night Out “What’s Cookin with the Artists”
Muzikmafia TV “Episode 1, Part 1”

8. NUMBER ONE STREAMED GET LOADED AWARD
Trace Adkins “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Jake Owen “Yee Haw”
Trent Tomlinson “Drunker Than Me”
Gretchen Wilson “All Jacked Up”

9. NUMBER ONE STREAMED FUNNY BEHIND THE SCENES MOMENT
Country Fried Home Videos “In the Buff”
Foxworthy’s Big Night Out “Fitness with Foxworthy”
Foxworthy’s Big Night Out “Pilates with Brooke”
The Ultimate Coyote Ugly Search “New York Audition Group 8”

10. NUMBER ONE STREAMED STICKIN IT TO THE MAN VIDEO
Sara Evans “Cheatin”
Miranda Lambert “Kerosene”
Jo Dee Messina “My Give A Damn’s Busted”
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”

11. NUMBER ONE STREAMED MUSIC VIDEO
Trace Adkins “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Trace Adkins “Swing”
Rascal Flatts “What Hurts The Most”
Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats”

12. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE GROUP / DUO
Dixie Chicks
Little Big Town
Montgomery Gentry
Rascal Flatts
Sugarland

13. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE FEMALE ARTIST
Sara Evans
Faith Hill
Carrie Underwood
Shania Twain
Gretchen Wilson

14. NUMBER ONE DIGITALLY ACTIVE MALE ARTIST
Trace Adkins
Kenny Chesney
Toby Keith
Tim McGraw
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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