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 -- “Southern Comfort Zone”
  • Carrie Underwood -- “Blown Away”
  • Eric Church -- “Springsteen”
  • Florida Georgia Line -- “Cruise”
  • Hunter Hayes -- "Wanted"
  • Jason Aldean -- "1994"
  • Kenny Chesney -- "Come Over"
  • Little Big Town -- "Tornado"
  • Luke Bryan -- “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
  • Miranda Lambert -- “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  • Taylor Swift -- “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  • Tim McGraw -- "One of Those Nights"

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

  • Blake Shelton -- “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
  • Eric Church -- “Creepin’”
  • Hunter Hayes -- “Wanted”
  • Jason Aldean -- “Take a Little Ride"
  • Kenny Chesney -- “Come Over”
  • Luke Bryan -- “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

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

  • Carrie Underwood -- “Two Black Cadillacs”
  • Faith Hill -- “American Heart”
  • Jana Kramer -- “Why Ya Wanna”
  • Kacey Musgraves -- “Merry Go ‘Round”
  • Miranda Lambert -- “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  • Taylor Swift -- “Begin Again”

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

  • Lady Antebellum -- “Downtown”
  • Little Big Town -- "Pontoon"
  • Pistol Annies -- “Takin’ Pills”
  • Rascal Flatts -- “Come Wake Me Up”
  • The Band Perry -- “Better Dig Two”
  • Zac Brown Band -- “Goodbye in Her Eyes”

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

  • Big & Rich -- “That’s Why I Pray”
  • Florida Georgia Line -- “Cruise”
  • Love and Theft -- “Runnin’ Out Of Air”
  • Thompson Square -- “If I Didn’t Have You”

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

  • Dustin Lynch -- “Cowboys and Angels”
  • Florida Georgia Line -- “Cruise”
  • Jana Kramer -- “Why Ya Wanna”
  • Kacey Musgraves -- “Merry Go ‘Round”
  • Kip Moore -- “Beer Money”
  • Randy Houser -- “How Country Feels”

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

  • Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh -- “Rocky Mountain Way,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS
  • Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church -- “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards
  • Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill -- “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards
  • Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw -- “Feel Like A Rockstar”
  • Rascal Flatts and Journey -- “Changed,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
  • The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis -- “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND RANDY TRAVIS

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)

  • Dierks Bentley -- “5-1-5-0” from CMT UNPLUGGED
  • Eric Church -- “Homeboy” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder -- “Drunk On You/Feel Again” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Miranda Lambert -- “Over You” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Rascal Flatts and Journey -- “Don’t Stop Believin’” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
  • Toby Keith -- “Beers Ago” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

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