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Taylor Swift wins CMT video of year; Pickler gets 3 awards

Associated Press Published: April 15, 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Taylor Swift won video of the year and female video for her smash "Our Song" while newcomer Kellie Pickler took home three awards during Monday's Country Music Television awards. "I wrote that song in the 9th grade for a talent show," said the 18-year-old Swift, who won the night's top honor over Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Sugarland.

"I never thought it would be on an album, never thought I'd record it, never thought it would be a single, never thought it would be No. 1 and certainly never thought it would win video and female video of the year."

Pickler, 21, won breakthrough video, tearjerker video and performance of the year for "I Wonder," a song about a daughter's feelings for her mother that she says connects deeply with fans. Like Carrie Underwood, Pickler is a former "American Idol" contestant.

"Thank you 'American Idol,' you are the rocket that launched my career," Pickler said from Scottsdale, Ariz.

Paula Abdul, who introduced Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's performance of "I Need You," remarked, "There are so many 'American Idol' alum here that I feel this is a reunion and I'm a proud mom."

Trace Adkins won best male video for "I Got My Game On." Adkins was something of a surprise winner, topping videos by Chesney, Paisley, Toby Keith and Keith Urban.

"I'm having a good year. So far it's been great. I never felt the support from the fans like I do this year," said Adkins, who recently finished second on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."

LeAnn Rimes and Bon Jovi won best collaborative video for the steamy video "Till We Ain't Strangers Anymore." Rimes, who accepted the award without Bon Jovi, cracked, "I had a lot of fun rolling around with Jon in bed." Then she looked over at her husband in the crowd and added, "Sorry, honey. I love you. You're hotter."

The show was hosted by "Hannah Montana" star Miley Cyrus and her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. The pair performed their duet "Ready, Set, Don't Go." During their opening segment, Billy Ray Cyrus joked about his daughter's popularity.

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