Nominees & Recipients


VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Brad Paisley (Director: Jason Alexander) -- “Online”
  • Carrie Underwood (Director: Roman White) -- "Wasted"
  • Kenny Chesney (Director: Shaun Silva) -- "Don't Blink"
  • LeAnn Rimes (Director: David McClister/LeAnn Rimes) -- "Nothin' Better To Do"
  • Rascal Flatts (Director: Shaun Silva) -- "Take Me There"
  • Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson (Director: Roman White) -- "Because of You"
  • Sugarland (Director: Shaun Silva) -- "Stay"
  • Taylor Swift (Director: Trey Fanjoy) -- "Our Song"
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Brad Paisley -- "Online"
  • Keith Urban -- "I Told You So"
  • Kenny Chesney -- "Don't Blink"
  • Toby Keith -- “High Maintenance Woman”
  • Trace Adkins -- "I Got My Game On”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Carrie Underwood -- "So Small"
  • LeAnn Rimes -- "Nothin' Better To Do"
  • Martina McBride -- "Anyway"
  • Miranda Lambert -- “Famous in a Small Town”
  • Taylor Swift -- "Our Song"
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists.

  • Bon Jovi -- "(You Want To) Make a Memory"
  • Little Big Town -- "A Little More You"
  • Rascal Flatts -- "Stand"
  • Rascal Flatts -- "Take Me There"
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Big & Rich -- "Lost In This Moment"
  • Brooks & Dunn -- "Proud of the House We Built"
  • Montgomery Gentry -- "What Do Ya Think About That"
  • Sugarland -- "Stay"
USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major debut album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo)

  • Bucky Covington -- "A Different World"
  • Chuck Wicks -- "Stealing Cinderella"
  • Kellie Pickler -- "I Wonder"
  • Luke Bryan -- "All My Friends Say"
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

  • Bon Jovi feat. LeAnn Rimes -- "Til We Ain't Strangers Anymore"
  • Garth Brooks and Huey Lewis -- "Workin' For a Livin'"
  • Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson -- "Because of You"
  • Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill -- "I Need You"
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on a broadcast or major cable network; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Dierks Bentley -- "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)" from A Capitol Fourth 2007 (PBS)
  • Kellie Pickler -- "I Wonder" frpm the 41st Annual CMA Awards (ABC)
  • Sugarland -- "Stay" from the 2007 CMT Music Awards (CMT)
  • Tim McGraw -- "If You're Reading This" from the 42nd ACM Awards (CBS)
SUPPORTING CHARACTER OF THE YEAR
Best supporting character whose guest appearance enhances the video concept; awarded to the special guest

  • Christian Kane -- Carrie Underwood's "So Small"
  • Jason Alexander -- Brad Paisley's "Online"
  • Rodney Carrington -- Trace Adkins' "I Got My Game On"
  • Tyler Hilton -- Taylor Swift's "Teardrops on My Guitar"
WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist outside the mainstream of country music; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration)

  • Alison Krauss and Robert Plant -- "Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)"
  • The Eagles -- "How Long"
  • Jack Ingram -- "Measure of a Man"
  • Willie Nelson -- "Gravedigger"
TEARJERKER VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video most likely to stir emotion, whether tears of joy or sadness; awarded to the artist

  • Billy Ray Cyrus -- "Ready, Set, Don't Go"
  • Kellie Pickler -- "I Wonder"
  • Kenny Chesney -- "Don't Blink"
  • Sugarland -- "Stay"
COMEDY VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video to convey a song’s humor and wit; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Blake Shelton -- "The More I Drink"
  • Brad Paisley -- "Online"
  • Toby Keith -- "High Maintenance Woman"
  • Trace Adkins -- "I Got My Game On"
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Best video director of the year; awarded to the director for his or her body of work from the past year

  • Michael Salomon -- (award eligible videos include: Toby Keith’s “High Maintenance Woman” and Trace Adkins’ “I Got my Game On”)
  • Roman White -- (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”)
  • Shaun Silva -- (award eligible videos include: Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink” and Rascal Flatts’ “Stand”)
  • Trey Fanjoy -- (award eligible videos include: Bucky Covington’s “A Different World” and Taylor Swift’s “Our Song”)

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