KELLIE PICKLER HOSTS THE “2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO OF THE YEAR SPECIAL” PREMIERING MONDAY, APRIL 9 AT 10:30PM ET/PT

03/27/07



KELLIE PICKLER HOSTS THE “2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO OF THE YEAR SPECIAL” PREMIERING MONDAY, APRIL 9 AT 10:30PM ET/PT

Viewers Vote Online At CMT.com For Winner of “Video of the Year”


NASHVILLE – March 27, 2006 – One week before the big show, CMT Music Award nominee Kellie Pickler will give fans a closer look at the eight videos nominated for VIDEO OF THE YEAR for the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS when she hosts the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS VIDEO OF THE YEAR SPECIAL premiering Monday, April 9 at 10:30 p.m., ET/PT.

The eight videos nominated in the VIDEO OF THE YEAR category include Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats”; Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice”; George Strait’s “The Seashores of Old Mexico”; Keith Urban’s “Once In a Lifetime”; Kenny Chesney’s “You Save Me”; Rascal Flatts’ “What Hurts the Most”; Sugarland’s “Want To”; and Toby Keith’s “A Little Too Late.” The final four nominees for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS airing live from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET*, 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.

Kellie Pickler hit instant stardom in 2006 when she was chosen to appear on season 5 of American Idol. This Small Town Girl, as her BNA Nashville debut album is aptly named, first stepped foot on a plane for her flight to Hollywood as an American Idol finalist. Since that time, the 20-year-old from Albermarle, N.C. has been busy following her dream of being a country music singer. Released in the fall of 2006, Small Town Girl debuted at number one on the country album chart and Pickler went on to become the best selling new solo country artist of the year. On the strength of her debut single, “Red High Heels,” the album was certified gold in January ‘07. Her new single, "I Wonder," is a moving song that she wrote about her relationship with her mother. Pickler is nominated for a 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS for her video, “Red High Heels,” in the category of BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR.

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. The 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, a special performance by Keith Urban from Australia, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Bon Jovi and more. Voting is currently underway at CMT.com to determine the night’s big winners.

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 84 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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