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.

  • Jason Aldean -- “The Truth”
  • Kenny Chesney -- “Out Last Night”
  • Toby Keith -- “American Ride”
  • Lady Antebellum -- “Need You Now”
  • Miranda Lambert -- “White Liar”
  • Brad Paisley -- “Welcome to the Future”
  • Taylor Swift -- “You Belong With Me”
  • Carrie Underwood -- “Cowboy Casanova”
  • Keith Urban -- “‘Til Summer Comes Around”
  • Zac Brown Band -- “Toes”

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

  • Jason Aldean -- “The Truth”
  • Billy Currington -- “People Are Crazy”
  • Toby Keith -- “American Ride”
  • Tim McGraw -- “Southern Voice”
  • Keith Urban -- “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

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

  • Miranda Lambert -- “White Liar”
  • Reba McEntire -- “Consider Me Gone”
  • Taylor Swift -- “You Belong With Me”
  • Carrie Underwood -- “Cowboy Casanova”

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

  • Gloriana -- “How Far Do You Wanna Go?”
  • Lady Antebellum -- “Need You Now”
  • Rascal Flatts -- “Here Comes Goodbye”
  • Zac Brown Band -- “Toes”

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

  • Brooks & Dunn -- “Indian Summer”
  • Steel Magnolia -- “Keep On Lovin’ You”
  • Sugarland -- “Keep You”
  • Sugarland -- “Nightswimming/Joey”

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)

  • Luke Bryan -- “Do I”
  • Laura Bell Bundy -- “Giddy On Up”
  • Easton Corbin -- “A Little More Country Than That”
  • Steel Magnolia -- “Keep On Lovin’ You”

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

  • Jason Aldean and Bryan Adams -- “Heaven” from CMT CROSSROADS: BRYAN ADAMS AND JASON ALDEAN
  • Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews -- “I’m Alive”
  • Kellie Pickler featuring Taylor Swift -- “Best Days of Your Life”
  • Blake Shelton featuring Trace Adkins -- “Hillbilly Bone”

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

  • Lady Antebellum -- “Lookin’ For A Good Time” from the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
  • Reba McEntire -- “Consider Me Gone” from INVITATION ONLY: REBA
  • Tim McGraw -- “Southern Voice” from INVITATION ONLY: TIM McGRAW
  • Brad Paisley -- “Then” from the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS
  • Carrie Underwood -- “Temporary Home” from INVITATION ONLY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD

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: Jason Aldean’s “The Truth” and Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home”)
  • Chris Hicky -- (award eligible videos include: Miranda Lambert’s “White Liar” and Justin Moore’s “Small Town USA”)
  • Shaun Silva -- (award eligible videos include: Kenny Chesney’s “Out Last Night” and Rascal Flatts’ “Summer Nights”)
  • Roman White -- (award eligible videos include: Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and Kellie Pickler’s “Best Days of Your Life”)

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