Carrie Underwood came out a triple winner at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards on Monday: She won in the categories of video of the year, female video and best video director for her take-no-prisoners hit “Before He Cheats.”
In it, the American Idol winner sings of lifting a baseball bat to a cheating boyfriend’s “pretty little souped-up 4-wheel drive” – though, in real life, she recently admitted to hoping for a softer approach to romance. (“I’m not saying I want to get married tomorrow,” said the 24-year-old, “but I’d like to have someone other than my mom to call when I have good news.”)
“It was at the CMT awards last year that I gave my first acceptance speech ever,” Underwood said, the Associated Press reports. “It’s been such an amazing and blessed two years.”
Kenny Chesney took the male video honor for his “You Save Me,” while Rascal Flatts received the group video prize for “What Hurts the Most.”
Beating Johnny Cash’s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” and Jimmy Buffett’s “Bama Breeze,” Jack Ingram received the newly inaugurated Wide Open Country award, which recognizes artists outside the mainstream.
“Right now I’m flying on the mainstream radar, but for a long time I wasn’t,” Ingram said.
Teen newcomer Taylor Swift, who is in the 11th grade and is facing final exams on Tuesday, took home breakthrough video of the year honors with her hit “Tim McGraw.” She attended the ceremony with her mother.
“This is my first award show ever. I wanted my mom right next to me,” Swift said.
Sugarland won duo video of the year for “Want To.” “Thank you to the fans,” said singer Jennifer Nettles. “We love that you vote for that; it makes it that much more special.”
Kris Kristofferson, 70, received the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from the late legend’s daughter, Rosanne Cash. “He is an artist with nothing to lose,” she said. “He can risk everything because he never compromises his integrity.”