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Live blog: CMT Music Awards 2012

by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 6, 2012
Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum

7:00 p.m.: Superstar trio Lady Antebellum are getting the show started with one of my favorite songs of theirs, “We Owned the Night.” But the country crossover band quickly boosts its crossover potential with the arrival of pop hitmakers Hot Chelle Rae, who are mashing up their hit “Tonight, Tonight” with “We Owned the Night.” Lots of great harmonies, even if it’s kinda odd.

Toby Keith
Toby Keith
Kristen Bell (AP file)
Kristen Bell (AP file)

7:04: Hoda and Kathie Lee are introducing a comedic segment in which co-hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell are allegedly battling because they don’t want to share the spotlight. Now, the “Extra” gang and Matthew McConaughey and Jon Bon Jovi are weighing in. The American flags tells me that we’ll be seeing President Obama and Mitt Romney.

Pres. Barack Obama (AP file)
Pres. Barack Obama (AP file)
Mitt Romney (AP file)
Mitt Romney (AP file)

7:06: Obama and Romney actually manage to agree on something: Kristen and Toby should both co-hosts they say. Love Romney’s joke: “I just put two people back to work, you’re welcome America!” But even if the presidential front-runners have agreed on the issue, but Toby and Kristen have decided to start fake, funny negative ads. It’s a really silly bit, but it’s ending with Willie Nelson negotiating a peace agreement. Toby: “It’s Willie’s World, we kind of just live in it.”

7:08: Toby and Kristen make their grand entrance on a giant “Red Solo Cup” float while his hit ditty plays and they wave like Miss Americas. “CMT’s got their own version of Lady Gaga’s crazy egg right there,” Toby declares waving a regular RSC. Now, Toby and Kristen are ladling on the love, admiration and shameless promotion for Bell’s upcoming movie “Hit and Run.” Toby has decided to give Kristen the nickname “Hollywood.” Kinda cute.

7:10: Kristen screamingly declares that country music is about partying! Toby says, “Hold on a minute there, Hollywood, not all country music is about partying.” “Sure,” she says “And some people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the corned beef.” Now, TK is quizzing KB on her country music knowledge, and she makes Miranda Lambert’s jaw drop by being able to name all seven of the rescue doggies living on Ran’s Tishomingo ranch! She also knows where Gary LeVox went to high school and not to call Darius Rucker “Hootie.” Impressive.

Jake Owen
Jake Owen
Ashley Greene (AP file)
Ashley Greene (AP file)

7:12: Jake Owen and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene – in a pretty pale pink dress that lives up to her fashionista rep – are going to present the first award, for collaborative video.

Collaborative Video of the Year

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

Kenny Chesney Featuring Grace Potter — “You and Tequila”

*Brad Paisley With Carrie Underwood — “Remind Me”

*Rascal Flatts Featuring Natasha Bedingfield — “Easy”

Lionel Richie With Shania Twain — “Endless Love”

Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound”

Zac Brown Band Featuring Jimmy Buffett — “Knee Deep”

Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley
Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley

7:13: Winner: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, “Remind Me.”

Carrie, who looks gorgeous in her short spangled silver dress, hugs hubby Mike Fisher before taking Brad’s arm to head to the stage. “Did y’all see my husband hug him first,” Carrie exclaims as she takes the stage to thank the fans, their spouses and director Deacon Flanigan.

“I’d like to thank this beautiful woman for being in the video; otherwise, it’s just a dork walking through the desert,” Brad says.

Carrie is up for a leading five awards tonight, and she’s already got one 15 minutes in. Could be a huge night for the Checotah native.

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

7:16: Rightly described as “one of country music’s treasure,” former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn takes the stage to introduce Georgia boy Luke Bryan, performing his latest hit “Drunk on You.” “It feels like summertime here tonight,” the heartthrob declares while the girls in the audience swoon.

7:19: Luke Bryan just made some lucky female fan’s night by presenting her with his guitar. Super-classy move. Love it.

Lauren Alaina (AP file)
Lauren Alaina (AP file)

7:20: Toby Keith is introducing the first up-and-comer to perform on the Nationwide Insurance Stage, another Georgian, “American Idol” runner-up Lauren Alaina, singing “Georgia Peaches.” Love her sassy new short haircut!

7:25: Kristen Bell announces that it’s time to narrow the video of the year category to the five finalists. Here they are, and we’ve got three Okies in the list!

Video of the Year

Jason Aldean — “Dirt Road Anthem”

*Toby Keith — “Red Solo Cup”

*Blake Shelton — “God Gave Me You”

Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound”

*Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl”

Zac Brown Band
Zac Brown Band

7:27: Wow, there are almost as many Georgians as Oklahomans involved in this show tonight. Zac Brown Band takes the stage to perform their lead-off single from their forthcoming album “Uncaged.” It’s a sprightly, bluegrassy number called “The Wind.” Love it! It’s quite a barn-burner! And as usual, a terrific performance from the beanied one and his cohorts.

7:30: It’s time for the breakthrough video of the year, and last year’s winners, The Band Perry are gonna present it. But not before Neil Perry does a little “break on through to the other side” from The Doors. That was pretty good; I hope someday we get to hear more from the Perry boys now that the trio is getting established.

Here are the nominees:

USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year

Lauren Alaina — “Georgia Peaches”

Brantley Gilbert — “Country Must Be Country Wide”

Hunter Hayes — “Storm Warning”

Scotty McCreery — “The Trouble With Girls”

*Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels”

*Thompson Square — “I Got You”

Scotty McCreery
Scotty McCreery

7:31: Winner: Scotty McCreery. “Good night. Good night,” says the “American Idol” winner, who thanks Jesus first in that unnaturally deep voice. He’s also thanking his fans, director Roman White and his high school mates.

7:33: On the side stage, newcomer Casey James croons a bit of his heartbreaker “Crying on a Suitcase.” Nice soulful guitar solo that ballad’s got there.

7:39: Sara Evans also is wearing a silvery, spangly short dress, and she’s paying tribute to the troops on the anniversary of D-Day. Love that the country awards shows always remember to do that.

Pistol Annies
Pistol Annies

7:40: Now she’s introducing “country’s sexiest super-group,” and Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley come out in their sweet-and-sultry coordinating outfits – it’s a gold and white theme tonight – and their twanging their raucous road anthem “Takin’ Pills.” I love this group, and this is maybe my favorite song of theirs! Yee-haw!

7:43: On the side stage, Jana Kramer is singing her heartbreaker “Why Ya Wanna.” Why is it all sad songs on the side stage tonight, kids?

arrives at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
arrives at the 38th Annual American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

7:49: Kristen Bell is wearing a pale pink dress and two dead birds on her shoulders – actually, I think it’s just ugly feathers. She’s kicking it over to actress Denise Richards, who is sporting long wavy locks and the trend of the night, a silvery short dress. Denise in turn quickly sends it to The Band Perry, crooning their new song “Postcard from Paris.” If you like strong harmony singing, it’s been your kind of night tonight, because we’ve heard some really good samples of it tonight, including this performance by the sibling trio. The Perrys have such great voices, and they come across as so likeable.

8:00: Jordin Sparks and Dario Franchitti are going to present the CMT performance of the year. Here are the possibilities:

CMT Performance of the Year

(Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT)

Jason Aldean — “Tattoos on This Town” from 2011 CMT Artists of the Year

Lady Antebellum — “Dancin’ Away With My Heart” from 2011 CMT Artists of the Year

Little Big Town — “Fix You” from Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert

*Blake Shelton — “Footloose” from Invitation Only: Blake Shelton

*Sting and Vince Gill — “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” from CMT Crossroads: Sting and Vince Gill

*Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood — “Just a Dream/Dream On” from CMT Crossroads: Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood From the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam

Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean

8:02: Winner: Jason Aldean wins his first CMT belt buckle. That’s hard to believe. He’s thanking CMT for still playing videos, which when you think about it is anomaly these days.

Hank Williams Jr. (AP file)
Hank Williams Jr. (AP file)

8:04: Kristen is kicking it outside to TK, who is at the famed Nashville honky tonk Rippy’s, where Brad Paisley and Hank Williams Jr. are teaming up for the rowdy duet “I’m Gonna Get Drunk and Play Hank Williams,” a tribute to Bocephus’ legendary dad. Nice.

Little Big Town
Little Big Town

8:06: Little Big Town are on  a giant boat getting all swampy and summery, so it must be time for their new hit “Pontoon.” They’ve always been a favorite of mine, so I’m really hoping the just keep going up and up!

8:09: Kristen not only has lightning fast wardrobe change skills – she’s in a little black dress with an elaborate neckline and silvery sparkle details – she shows off some good reflexes knocking away that beach ball! But on to Scotty McCreery on the side show, playing his new hit “Water Tower Town.”

8:10: Can you really call it a rare appearance from Willie when we just saw him in the opening sequence? At any rate, he’s got his much anticipated performance with TK, Jamey Johnson and ZBB tonight.

8:15: Kristen Bell is angling for a spot in Pistol Annies and she’s written her own silly little verse of “Hell on Heels” for them. “In retrospective, that kind of sounds a little stalker-y now that I’m hearing it out loud,” she says. “But at the same time, I think I kinda nailed.” Big smiles from Ran and the gang for the love.

8:17: Pro skater Tony Hawk and Carrie Underwood – in the most random pairing of the night – are going to present the award for best duo video. Very strange duo there.

Thompson Square has two nods in this category.

Duo Video of the Year

Love and Theft — “Angel Eyes”

Montgomery Gentry — “Where I Come From”

Sugarland — “Tonight”

The Civil Wars — “Poison and Wine”

*Thompson Square — “Glass”

*Thompson Square — “I Got You”

Thompson Square
Thompson Square

8:18: Winner: Thompson Square for “I Got You.” The duo features Miami, OK, native Keifer Thompson and his wife Shawna, and I heart them!

“I tell you what, this has been an amazing ride for me and Shawna,” Keifer said.

“It wasn’t that long ago that Keifer and I were selling boots and buckles right down the road … so it’s sure nice to be getting one,” Shawna adds.

She looks stunning in her gorgeous pale pink dress, definitely a trend color tonight.

8:20: Bell’s actor fiance Dax Shepherd is there, but he says she didn’t get him the gig. “It was my mistress Tom Arnold,” he quips.

Willie Nelson (AP file)
Willie Nelson (AP file)

He’s going to introduce one of the big numbers of the night, “No holograms, no special effects, no smoke, no mirrors – well, maybe a little smoke.” Yep, it’s Willie Nelson, TK, ZBB, Darius Rucker and Jamey Johnson doing “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” So much star power on that stage in the hazy, presumably fake (maybe not) smoke. The guys on the stage aren’t the only ones singing – lots of the stars in the crowd are singing along, too. So far, this is definitely living up to the, ahem, buzz.

8:29: “I just come offstage with Willie, and I’ve had the munchies ever since. I don’t know what to do about it,” TK says, filling his plate with junk food.

“Great, Toby, have fun at the snack bar; I’ll just do everything my self,” KB says through pretend clenched teeth.

Kenny Chesney (AP file)
Kenny Chesney (AP file)

She introducing actress Hayden Panettiere, star of the upcoming show “Nashville,” who is in turn kicking it to Kenny Chesney, who is debuting a new song, a lonely-hearts ballad “Come Over.” I gotta say it’s not my favorite from the Tan One, but it was gonna be hard for him to top his Grace Potter duet in my assessment.

8:34: Let me just say that Jason Aldean knows how to rock a black hat and black leather jacket, and judging from the girl squeals, the crowd there agrees.

The Georgia boy is gonna present group video of the year:

Group Video of the Year

Eli Young Band — “Crazy Girl”

Lady Antebellum — “We Owned the Night”

*Pistol Annies — “Hell on Heels”

*Rascal Flatts — “Banjo”

The Band Perry — “All Your Life”

Zac Brown Band — “Keep Me in Mind”

Lady Antebellum (AP file)
Lady Antebellum (AP file)

8:35: Winner: Lady Antebellum for “We Owned the Night.” Even though I love the song, I thought “Banjo” was by far the best and most memorable one in this category, so I’m a bit let down. “Go Dogs,” yells Charles Kelley as he and Aldean go on an UGa fanboy freakout.

8:37: On the side stage, there’s more great harmony singing as The Farm performs “Home Sweet Home.” Someone alert Charles Barkley because I see a sexy black man in cowboy boots!

8:38: Brantley Gilbert won the Nationwide Is On Your Side Award, so congratulations to him.

8:42: Kristen Bell is taking her assigned seat – marked with a cute drawing of a blond girl and sprawled with the words “Reserved for Kristen Bell” – in the middle of “Hunksville, Tennessee – population 2,” between Jake Owen and Luke Bryan. “I think I totally saw you put that there,” Jake says. She’s right, though, that’s a lot of hotness.

By the way, KB has changed again, now into a shimmery short golden number. I can’t even count how many costume changes that makes for her now.

Toby Keith
Toby Keith

8:44: Her co-host TK is now taking the stage to perform his latest single “Beers Ago.” I really like this twangy ditty with its great steel guitar, but it’s hard to compete with the catchiness that is “Red Solo Cup.” Just is.

Eric Church
Eric Church

8:54: Big & Rich are in the crowd commenting on the apparent drinking game theme for the performances tonight. Hey, Kid Rock isn’t hosting this year, so it’s still less alcohol than the 2011 edition, even with the sunglassed Eric Church singing his hit “Drink in My Hand” and toasting with a red Solo cup.

8:58: Tom Arnold and Steve Austin are engaging in shameless CMT “Let’s Make a Million Redneck Shows” promotion. They’re pulling their sleeves off in dramatic fashion to make themselves more redneck. That might be funny if I didn’t find all those shows disgraceful and embarrassing.

Anyway, they’re gonna present male video:

Male Video of the Year

Jason Aldean — “Dirt Road Anthem”

Luke Bryan — “I Don’t Want This Night to End”

Eric Church — “Drink in My Hand”

*Toby Keith — “Red Solo Cup”

*Blake Shelton — “God Gave Me You”

Keith Urban — “Long Hot Summer”

9:00: Winner: Luke Bryan. Wow. I’m shocked that anyone was able to defeat “Red Solo Cup.” Luke just gleefully picked up Tom Arnold and bounced him around the stage. And now he’s just repeating the word “wow.” Now he’s thanking his wife, noting than when he showed it to her he made sure all the bullets in the house were well hidden. “Thank you for not going out and getting more bullets,” he adds.

He notes this is his second CMT buckle and the last time he won, he threw an expensive jacket into the crowd. So this time he’s gonna throw something cheaper. “Tom, would you like to do the honors?” he asks, and then lets Tom Arnold pull his “lucky camouflage underwear” out of his pants and pitch into the crowd. That was so crazy. And redneck. Let’s not forget redneck.

9:02: Kip Moore is on the side stage playing his No. 1 hit “Somethin’ About a Truck” while Jake Owen sings along.

9:03: Voting for video of the year is now closed. We’re about 25 minutes away from finding out the winner.

Carrie Underwood (AP file)
Carrie Underwood (AP file)

9:08: TK is back, and he’s introducing a pair of “American Idol” finalists from this year: Skylar Laine and Colton Dixon. Naturally, they’re in turn introducing Carrie Underwood belting “Good Girl,” the No. 1 song this week. Her new album “Blown Away” also is in its fifth week atop the the country charts. She’s definitely back in a big way; if the numbers didn’t tell the tale, then her big-voiced, swaggering performance tonight on the CMTs would let the world know. She looks so confident. I’m not crazy about the half-down, half-up do, but she can rock the fire out of a short, sparkly dress.

9:13: A hail of golden confetti rains down at the end of Carrie’s performance. Totally appropriate after that dominating performance.

9:14: Luke Bryan is going to present the female video of the year to one of the sexy, strutting, powerful ladies on the nominations list tonight. Betting on Carrie.

Female Video of the Year

Sara Evans — “My Heart Can’t Tell You No”

*Miranda Lambert — “Over You”

Martina McBride — “I’m Gonna Love You Through It”

Kellie Pickler — “Tough”

Taylor Swift — “Ours”

*Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl”

Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert

9:15: Winner: Miranda Lambert,  “Over You.” She tosses her hands triumphantly in the air and then embraces her fellow Pistol Annies.

“Over You means so much to me and to my husband and to our family,” she said. “Thank you, Richie, up there in heaven.”

She also thanks her Annies for their support and then says “congratulations Blakie, we won a buckle!”

Love that she won, but on a closer look, the ragged front and extreme cleavage don’t go in the win column with her.

Alan Jackson (AP file)
Alan Jackson (AP file)

9:21: Alan Jackson, who is celebrating the release of his new album “30 Miles West” this week, gets huge cheers as he takes the stage in his signature white hat and black shirt. He’s made 54 music videos in his career! Wow, that is incredible.

He’s gonna present video of the year:

Video of the Year

Jason Aldean — “Dirt Road Anthem”

*Toby Keith — “Red Solo Cup”

*Blake Shelton — “God Gave Me You”

Taylor Swift Featuring the Civil Wars — “Safe & Sound”

*Carrie Underwood — “Good Girl”

Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood

9:22: Someone in the crowd called it. Winner: Carrie Underwood. She’s got a huge grin on her face as she high fives the fans on her way to the stage. “Wow,” she says. “Thank you guys so much. Everybody that’s been voting for anyone of us tonight, I know how great of company I am in as far as the other nominees. I just want to thank you guys for watching all the videos, for voting for all the videos, for supporting all of us.”

Her voice is choked with emotion as she dedicates her award to her aunt, although she declines to elaborate, just to say it’s for her aunt and her family.

Rascal Flatts (AP file)
Rascal Flatts (AP file)

9:25: TK kicks it over to Rascal Flatts and sexy banjo player Daisy Mallory for the band’s latest hit “Banjo,” one of my favorite songs of theirs. No sign of Journey yet, but they would sound really strange performing “Banjo!”

Journey
Journey

9:27: Gary LeVox gleefully introduces JOURNEY! (that’s how he shouted it) performing “Don’t Stop Believin’” with LeVox swapping verses and harmonizing on the choruses with Arnel Pineda (still can’t get over how much he sounds like Steve Perry!). They all seem to be having a great time, and the crowd – including Jason Aldean, Jake Owen and Kristen Bell – is happily singing along as the credits start rolling.

9:30: Well, that’s our show. I gotta change the channel before some “Redneck Nonsense” show comes on. Thanks for following along tonight! “Don’t Stop Believin’, folks.”

-BAM

 

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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