Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Taylor Swift wins video of the year at CMT awards
Taylor Swift opened the Country Music Television awards with a skit about living out her dreams. The 19-year-old country and pop sensation went a long way toward doing just that by winning video of the year and female video of the year for "Love Story" and by performing with one of her favorite rock bands.
"I want to thank Shania Twain for always making such theatrical videos and Garth Brooks for always putting the fans first. I take my cues from you," Swift said Tuesday in accepting video of the year honors at Nashville's Sommet Center.
"I thank the fans for giving me video of the year when my whole family is here watching."
Swift won the fan-voted award over Brad Paisley's "Waitin' on a Woman," Trace Adkins' "You're Gonna Miss This," Carrie Underwood's "Just a Dream" and Sugarland's "All I Want to Do."
Her "Love Story" video is an elaborate production with period costumes that echoes the story of Romeo and Juliet.
"This is for everybody who still believes in love stories, because I do," Swift said earlier in winning female video.
She closed the awards show by performing "Pour Some Sugar on Me" with the British rock band Def Leppard.
The show kicked off with a skit featuring Swift and host Bill Engvall that had Swift rapping with T-Pain, appearing in a "Star Trek" movie and playing for the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
Musical performances were a big part of the show. Paisley punctuated his hit "Then" with bluesy guitar solos. Swift brought out a stage full of cheerleaders for "You Belong With Me." Urban ran up into the stands during "Sweet Thing" and joined Jason Aldean for the thumping rocker "She's Country."
Viewers cast more than 2.5 million votes to decide the four finalists in most categories. Fans could vote for their favorites for video of the year throughout the show.
Source: Yahoo news