Nominees & Recipients


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 boundary 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”

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