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.

  • Trace Adkins (Director: Peter Zavadil) -- “You’re Gonna Miss This”
  • Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers (Director: Shaun Silva) -- “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”
  • Toby Keith (Director: Michael Salomon) -- “God Love Her”
  • Kid Rock (Director: Deaton Flanigen) -- “All Summer Long”
  • Lady Antebellum (Director: Chris Hicky) -- “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
  • Brad Paisley (Directors: Jim Shea & Peter Tilden) -- “Waitin’ On A Woman”
  • Rascal Flatts (Director: Deaton Flanigen) -- “Every Day”
  • Sugarland (Director: Shaun Silva) -- “All I Want To Do”
  • Taylor Swift (Director: Trey Fanjoy) -- “Love Story”
  • Carrie Underwood (Director: Roman White) -- “Just A Dream”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Trace Adkins -- “You’re Gonna Miss This”
  • Toby Keith -- "God Love Her"
  • Brad Paisley -- “Waitin’ On A Woman”
  • Keith Urban -- “Sweet Thing”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Miranda Lambert -- “More Like Her”
  • Martina McBride -- "Ride"
  • Kellie Pickler -- “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful”
  • Taylor Swift -- “Love Story”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Lady Antebellum -- “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
  • Rascal Flatts -- “Bob That Head”
  • Rascal Flatts -- “Every Day”
  • Zac Brown Band -- “Chicken Fried”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Brooks & Dunn -- “Put A Girl In It”
  • Montgomery Gentry -- “Roll With Me”
  • Sugarland -- “All I Want To Do”
  • Sugarland -- “Already Gone”

USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo)

  • Julianne Hough -- “That Song In My Head”
  • Jamey Johnson -- “In Color”
  • Lady Antebellum -- “Lookin’ For A Good Time”
  • Zac Brown Band -- “Chicken Fried”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

  • Brooks & Dunn featuring Reba McEntire -- “Cowgirls Don’t Cry”
  • Kenny Chesney featuring The Wailers -- “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”
  • Brad Paisley with Keith Urban -- “Start A Band”
  • Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen -- “Life In A Northern Town”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Alan Jackson featuring Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and George Strait -- “Country Boy” from CMT GIANTS: ALAN JACKSON
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss -- “Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)” from CMT CROSSROADS: ROBERT PLANT AND ALISON KRAUSS
  • Sugarland featuring Little Big Town and Jake Owen -- “Life In A Northern Town” from the 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
  • Def Leppard and Taylor Swift -- “Photograph” from CMT CROSSROADS: DEF LEPPARD AND TAYLOR SWIFT

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)

  • Def Leppard and Taylor Swift -- “Photograph”
  • Kid Rock -- “All Summer Long”
  • Robert Plant and Alison Krauss -- “Please Read The Letter”
  • Rehab featuring Hank Williams, Jr. -- “Bartender Song”

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

  • Deaton Flanigen -- (award eligible videos include: Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” and Rascal Flatts’ “Every Day”)
  • Trey Fanjoy -- (award eligible videos include: Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” and George Strait’s “Troubador”)
  • Roman White -- (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “Just a Dream” and Reba McEntire’s “Every Other Weekend”)
  • Peter Zavadil -- (award eligible videos include: Trace Adkins’ “You’re Gonna Miss This” and Joey + Rory’s “Cheater Cheater”)

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