June 16, 2009

Fans have final say at 2009 CMT Music Awards

Comedian-turned-actor Bill Engvall--who was sometimes amusing and sometimes not as the event's emcee--kicked off this year’s CMT Music Awards, which were broadcast live June 16 from Nashville on the country music-focused cable network.

Although CMT has yielded criticism in recent months for not having as much music-video programming as it once boasted, the network’s annual awards show was once more a clear fan favorite among both country-music lovers and the genre's artists.

Going into the 2009 CMT Music Awards, country-duo Sugarland scored more nods than any other contender, with five nominations—meaning more than both Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley, both of whom notched a quartet of nominations each, and also more than Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts, both of which landed a trio of nods apiece.

At the close of final voting, however, it was the fans' who were in charge, with online voting accepted until the nth hour--and even after the Buckle presentations had begun in appropriate contests. To learn who took what home when all the votes were cast, as well as to see who the night's biggest winner was, please access my Examiner.com story by clicking here.

P.S. You can also view one of Taylor Swift's fan-nominated video, if you're so inclined, by clicking said link.