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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

2013 CMT Music Awards Fashion

This year’s CMT Music Awards have been announced, as have the hosts, Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean and most recently, the nominees listed below.

Thanks to a new uprising of cool, country stars, the genre of music often transcends just country music and today is widely known among mainstream media to become a permanent fixture in pop culture. The sassy ladies of country (Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, to name a few) are even raising the bar of fashion and style, as are the “bad boys” of country (Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, to name a few). Hunter Hayes recently caught the eye of Esquire magazine, confirming the fact that this is no longer your mama’s country. New country artists are trendsetters and influencers and combined with their southern swagger, they’ve successfully launched a brand new kind of country.

We are extremely excited to see the fashion of this year’s CMT Music Awards. 

Something else to consider when think about the CMT Music Awards, is the ever-increasing popularity of the country music genre.  We’re at the point, for example, where every season on mainstream reality television competition shows like “American Idol, “ the “Voice,” and even “X Factor” you can expect a healthy showing of country auditioners and collectively the shows have had several winners from the country genre. “Voice” alum and last year’s winner, Cassadee Pope, who based on her success on the show, recently converted from punk pop to to country, will have a prominent presence at this year’s awards show. She will be hosting our Twitter lounge and cameras will be following her around as she is currently in production for her upcoming series to debut on CMT, “The Cassadee Pope Project.” Country music is undoubtedly considered more mainstream than ever before with widespread international appeal. Research tells us that nearly 100 million Americans are country music enthusiasts and the genre has proven to be timeless and ever-powerful in creating strong and lasting connections between our artists and the fans. And the country music consumer is no longer who you think they are – they are tech savvy -- evident by the fact that last year’s show saw its highest online engagement ever via Facebook and Twitter. The country music fan has spending power and because of this, they are a passionate group of consumers who connect with the artists and the music, and the universal themes they represent. And the passion for country extends beyond our domestic borders. Country artists are expanding outside the US with more tours overseas, selling out venues all over the world.

The party for the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is underway as Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert lead the nominations, each picking up four for this year’s live show. Nominees were announced this morning on People.com. Voting for the CMT MUSIC AWARDS begins now at CMT.com and continues until Sunday, June 2, at midnight ET.

Artists coming in with three nominations include: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line; artists with two nominations include: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, rock legends Journey, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

The 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS marks the 12th anniversary of the awards show and will air LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. Kristen Bell returns as host for the second consecutive year and is joined by first-time host, Jason Aldean.

The final nominees in each of the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:


Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director.  Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”
  • Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
  • Eric Church – “Springsteen”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
  • Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
  • Jason Aldean – “1994”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
  • Little Big Town – “Tornado”
  • Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  • Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  • Tim McGraw – “One of Those Nights”
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
  • Eric Church – “Creepin’”
  • Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
  • Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”
  • Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
  • Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
  • Faith Hill – “American Heart”
  • Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
  • Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

  • Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”
  • Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
  • Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”
  • Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”
  • The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

  • Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
  • Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out Of Air”
  • Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You”
Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

  • Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
  • Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
  • Kip Moore – “Beer Money”
  • Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)

  • Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS
  • Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards
  • Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards
  • Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like A Rockstar”
  • Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Changed,” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
  • The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis – “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND RANDY TRAVIS
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

  • Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0” from CMT UNPLUGGED
  • Eric Church – “Homeboy” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder – “Drunk On You/Feel Again” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Miranda Lambert – “Over You” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
  • Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
  • Toby Keith – “Beers Ago” from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Fans can vote online at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 2 to determine the winners. The six finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

Veteran live event producer Michael Dempsey returns to executive produce the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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