They didn’t make it to the party, but they got the best favors.
None of the top winners was on hand to accept in person, although Swift – who is on tour – appeared via satellite to express her thanks for her award for her “Mine” video.
Lambert won the female country video award for “The House that Built Me” and Shelton got the same honor for male video for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.” Trey Fanjoy, who directed both videos, was named director of the year.
Shelton also won in the new category of best Web video for “Kiss My Country Ass.”
Justin Bieber got the collaborative video award for “That Should Be Me” with Rascal Flatts, while Lady Antebellum picked up the group video award for “Hello World” and Sugarland was named for best duo video for “Stuck Like Glue.”
The Band Perry was honored for breakthrough video for “If I Die Young” and the CMT performance of the year went to Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet for “Margaritaville” on the show CMT Crossroads.
Hosted by Kid Rock, the show opened with a pre-taped segment with Swift and Shania Twain channeling Thelma & Louise in their legendary convertible.