The 2011 CMT Music Awards had a few surprising appearances this year, including Justin Bieber and Ludacris . The ceremony itself was hosted by Kid Rock, making it his second time hosting the awards.
The night began with a prerecorded skit featuring Taylor Swift and Shania Twain as the criminal duo, "Thelma and Louise." Later, Toby Keith debuted his new song, "Made in America."
The top prize, Video of the Year, was awarded to Taylor Swift for her song "Mine." According to theboot.com, Swift was unable to attend the ceremony because she is currently on tour. She accepted the award via live satellite feed.
"I just want to say thank you and hey to everyone there," said Swift. "I wish I could be there, but I'm hanging with 15,000 of my closest friends in Milwaukee… I want to thank the fans who voted. I don't know what I did to deserve you guys, but you have done so many amazing things in my life."
The award for Male Video of the Year was awarded to Blake Shelton for his song, "Who You Are When I'm Not Looking." Shelton was also awarded Best Web Video of the Year, which is a new category in 2011, for his song, "Kiss My Country Ass." The award for Best Female Video of the Year was presented to Shelton's new wife, Miranda Lambert, for her song, "The House That Built Me."
Trey Fanjey, who directed both the videos that won male and female video of the year, was awarded Video Director of the Year.
The evening’s winners are as follows:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
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.
Taylor Swift – “Mine”
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist
Blake Shelton – “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist
Miranda Lambert – “The House That Built Me”
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists
Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists
Sugarland – “Stuck Like Glue”
USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo)
The Band Perry – “If I Die Young”
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)
Justin Bieber feat. Rascal Flatts – “That Should Be Me”
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)
Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville” from CMT CROSSROADS: JIMMY BUFFETT AND ZAC BROWN BAND
BEST WEB VIDEO OF THE YEAR (New for 2011)
Best video created primarily for internet streaming; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)
Blake Shelton – “Kiss My Country Ass”
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Best video director of the year; awarded to the director for his or her body of work from the past year
Trey Fanjoy (award eligible videos include: Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” and Blake Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking”)