Carrie Underwood reminded us what a real American Idol talent is all about, as she kicked ass and took names at the CMT Awards. Underwood won all three of the awards for which she was nominated: “Before He Cheats” took Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year and Video Director of the Year (actually, this one went to that video’s director, but still).
Carrie kinda acknowledge Idol in her acceptance speech. “It was at the CMT Awards last year that I gave my very first acceptance speech ever,” she said. “Let me tell you, it’s great to be up here againâ€¦I started out on a fan-based show, and you guys have continued to support me through everything.”
The Dixie Chicks — although they fared well at the Grammy’s — didn’t have so much luck with country music’s core audience; they left empty-handed, perhaps a reflection of some lingering resentment toward Natalie Maines’ anti-Bush remarks in — when? — 1987 or so?
Kenny Chesney won Best Male Video for “You Save Me,” and Best Group Video went to Rascal Flatts for “What Hurts the Most.”