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CMT Music Award Winners for 2008

Some feel that it is the CMT Music Awards that reveal who the truly popular artists are. This is one of the few awards dictated solely by popularity and fans. Instead of a an elected group deciding who the awards should be given to, fans simply have to vote for their favorite music videos and television performances to see their much loved stars get the recognition they deserve. Thus the awards ceremony is a much anticipated event by fans and artists alike.

This year’s CMT Music Awards were every bit as exciting as they should have been. Hosted by Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus, the awards were handed out on Monday night, 14 April 2008. The top names at the event were Taylor Swift and Kellie Pickler, though a large number of other musicians also took top honors.

Country Music Television (CMT) is an American cable television network that is country music orientated. Viewers are able to watch music videos, biographies of country musicians, reality programs, movies and taped concerts. The CMT Music Awards were established in 2002 and have been held every year in the month of April in Nashville, Tennessee since then. The CMT award categories are: video of the year, female video of the year, male video of the year, duo video of the year, collaborative video of the year, breakthrough video of the year, group video of the year, wide open country video of the year, tearjerker video of the year, supporting character of the year, comedy video of the year, video director of the year and performance of the year.

This year’s winning artists were Trace Adkins, Rodney Carrington, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Alison Krauss, Robert Plant and Sugarland. Bon Jovi and LeAnn Rimes also received awards. Video director of the year went to Michael Salomon for his work on several excellent videos. However it was Swift and Pickler who took home the top honors, with Pickler taking home three awards and Swift leaving with two trophies. Taylor Swift and video director Trey Fanjoy also accepted the biggest prize – the ‘Video Of The Year’ award – for their work on ‘Our Song’. The winners put special emphasis on thanking their fans for the support given up to this golden moment in their careers.

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