Last year, Carrie Underwood showed Taylor Swift just who the real queen of country music was with her two big wins at the CMT Music Awards. The one-time “American Idol” champ prevailed in another public vote as her video for “Cowboy Casanova” took the top award while her rendition of “Temporary Home” on the CMT show “Invitation Only” won the performance prize.
Taylor Swift had gone into the night with three nominations, including bids for video of the year and female video for “You Belong to Me.” The teen singing sensation had claimed those prizes in both 2008 for “Our Song and 2009 for “Love Story.” In 2006, Underwood had won both video of the year and female video for “Before He Cheats.”
At this year’s awards on Wednesday, the pair are pitted against each other in both races: Underwood contends with “Undo It” while Swift competes with “Mine.” However, both best watch out for Miranda Lambert who could play spoiler. Last year, she bested them in the female video race with “White Liar.” Already this year, her hit “The House That Built Me” has won female vocalist and song awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Assn. kudos.
Besides Swift and Underwood, two other performers have taken the top prize twice in the nine-year history of the CMT Music Awards: Toby Keith (“Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue,” 2003; “American Soldier,” 2004) and Keith Urban (“Days Go By,” 2005; “Better Life,” 2006). Urban won the male video award for the first time last year for “’Til Summer Comes Around” while Keith lost his top video bid for “American Ride.” While neither of them is in contention for the top prize this year they are male video nominees — Keith for “Bullets in the Gun” and Urban for “Without You.”