In the 10-year history of the CMT Music Awards, Taylor Swift has now claimed three of the top awards for Video of the Year. On Wednesday, she added to her 2008 (“Our Song) and 2009 (“Love Story“) wins by taking the top prize for “Mine.” Among those she edged out was two-time champ Carrie Underwood (“Before He Cheats,” 2006; “Cowboy Casanova,” 2010) who contended for “Undo It.”
However, both of these songbirds were bested in the public vote for female video by Miranda Lambert for “The House That Built Me.” That huge hit had already won Lambert female vocalist and song awards from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Assn. kudos. Last year, she was feted for female video with “White Liar.”
Lambert’s hubby Blake Shelton was the only multiple winner of the night, taking both male video for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” and web video with “Kiss My Country Ass.”
While work kept all three of those champs from making it to the kudocast, Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts were there to claim the collaborative video award for “That Should Be Me.” Sugarland won duo video of the year for “Stuck Like Glue.” The Band Perry took breakthrough video for “If I Die Young.” And Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown Band had the best CMT performance of the year for “Margaritaville.”
Lady Antebellum may have won the group video award for “Hello World” but they performed their record-setting single “Just a Kiss” on the show that aired live on the music cablecaster from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. And Jason Aldean, who was shut out despite a leading four nominations, closed the show with a rendition of “Dirt Road Anthem” that included a surprise appearance by rapper Ludacris and wowed returning host Kid Rock.