I hope all of you watched the CMT Video Awards last night. I thought it was a really good show this year. Starting with a cute comedy skit with Taylor Swift and host Bill Engvall, followed by a very funny rap duet with Taylor and T-Payne. Can I go on without putting this video up here for you….nope.

The first award presented went to Zac Brown Band, for “Chicken Fried”. Keep in mind as we go through this – how many of these entertainers are going to be right here in our area in the next several months! Zac Brown Band will be part of our Washington County Fair in September.

After the nominees for Video of the Year were announced, and we were all instructed to vote by text or at cmt.com, Joey and Rory sang us into the commercial break. I really like these guys – and, we’ll have them at Fun Fest in Kingsport in July! I’m really anxious to get to that show.

After Darius Rucker sang “Alright,” Julianne Hough, Rodney Adkins and Billy Currington presented the Duo Video of the Year. Not really a surprise that it went to Sugarland, for “All I Want To Do.” Sugarland was here in May for a concert at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, come to think of it –- presenter Billy Currington opened for them that night.

Roger McCarty Lady Antebellum sang “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” and they were wearing the outfits they wore in the video for that song. Kind of like a little live version of a video. And, Lady Antebellum is one of our Appalachian Fair artists this August.

Eric Church sang us into the next commercial break with “Love Your Love the Most.” Ok… here we go again. Those of you in Northeast Tennessee will be able to catch Eric at Electric Cowboy in Johnson City on July 15.

The Wide Open Country Video of the Year went to Kid Rock for “All Summer Long.” I feel like we’ve been hearing that song forever, was it really just this year? Rascal Flatts got the Buckle for “Every Day,” Group Video of the Year.

I liked how they had someone sing a little piece of something as we went to a commercial break. The Carter Twins sang us out to the next break with “Heart Like Memphis.” I like these kids. I’m definitely going to have to get something up on them real soon.

The award for Performance of the Year was given to Alan Jackson, George Strait, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley, for “Country Boy.” Before going to the next commercial, We got to see Justin Moore, singing one of Willie Nelson’s songs, standing with a bunch of Willie fans, I’m sure.

Taylor Swift win Female Video of the Year for “Love Story,” and made her way to the stage to collect her Buckle after hugging her brother. And of course she had a hug for short presenter Shawn Johnson when she got on stage. Did you all see how huge Taylor looked next to Shawn? That is one tall lady!

Jason Michael Carroll took us to the next commercial break. He sang “Where I’m From.” Jason, by the way, is doing a show in July at Steele Creek Park in Bristol (we think). I’ve heard this from several sources, but haven’t had it conformed yet. I love those Steele Creek concerts – the amphitheater is great, and the concerts are free.

If any of you watched the show, you saw Terry Fator, that great ventriloquist-impersonator who won America’s Got Talent the first year, with what I can only assume was a very bad puppet. The CMT censors didn’t let us hear what the puppet had to say. They also took out something Toby Keith said earlier when he was on with T-Payne. How bad could it have been?

The Collaborative Video of the Year went to Start A Band, by Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Some of the awards seemed pretty obvious to me … and that was one of them. I would have been very surprised if that song didn’t win that category. Love Keith and Brad!

Gloriana-01-big While I  liked the fact that we got someone different to sing before every commercial, we just didn’t have them long enough. I think Gloriana did great with “Wild at Heart,” and I would have liked to hear it all. But I know that wasn’t possible. I wonder if they kept singing for the folks in the live audience.

brad-paisley-2 The Male Video of the Year award went to Brad Paisley for “Waitin’ on a Woman.” I like Brad a lot, but that was really my least favorite of all the male videos nominated this year. I guess a lot of other people must have liked it a lot though.

Eli Young Band just took us to commercial with “Always A Love Song,” …. and guess what? Whey are going to be here in August, too! They’re on the schedule for our Appalachian Fair this year. This is great – it’s like, they go form Nashville to Northeast Tennessee. I can live with that.

Taylor-Swift-b03 The last award of the night is Video of the Year. And the winner is “Love Story,” Taylor Swift! She was as excited as always. That young lady could retire tomorrow, and not say there was anything she didn’t get to do. Very impressive, Taylor.

That was a lot of entertainment, and a lot of writing. I’ll talk to you guys soon. Thanks again for all the e-mail! I really appreciate hearing from you. I’ve set aside a few hours tonight to get you guys answered. Talk to you soon!
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I hope all of you watched the CMT Video Awards last night. I thought it was a really good show this year. Starting with a cute comedy skit with Taylor Swift and host Bill Engvall, followed by a very funny rap duet with Taylor and T-Payne. Can I go...