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Naomi Judd slams CMT Awards for 'by the way' George Jones tribute

In a letter to Nashville newspaper The Tennesseean, country singer Naomi Judd took aim at last week’s CMT Music Awards, ripping the ceremony for not staying true to country music — and for short changing George Jones’ death with an undercooked tribute.

“George Jones is to country music what The Beatles are to pop, the Rolling Stones to rock, Elvis to rockabilly, Mozart to classical and Aretha to soul,” Judd wrote. “Yet, the ‘Country’ Music Television awards show allowed only a ‘by the way’ mention of Jones’ death and legacy.”

“Incongruously, [CMT] chose alternative music group the Mavericks to perform their short version of George’s ‘The Race Is On,’” Judd continued.

Judd wasn’t just bothered by the George Jones tribute, though. She also criticized genre-bending performances, alluding to Florida Georgia Line and Nelly’s rendition of “Cruise.” READ FULL STORY

CMT Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

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The real winners were announced last night at the 2013 CMT Music Awards, a fan-voted program that technically honors country-music videos. Still, here are a few more honors from the unremarkable telecast you should feel free to weigh in on:

Worst hosts: With dead eyes and a stiff posture, Jason Aldean left returnee Kristen Bell to once again try way too hard to elicit laughter from the crowd. Their ongoing gag about which duet to sing together (a thinly veiled attempt to get people to use the #CMTawards hashtag) was downright painful — and frequent teleprompter issues didn’t help. These two were no Brad and Carrie. They were no Blake and Reba, either. Heck, they were no Blake and Luke — and that’s saying something. READ FULL STORY

CMT Awards 2013: See the winners here!

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Did Blake and Miranda pull off another country awards show sweep? Did Florida Georgia Line “Cruise” to a few wins for their current No. 5 single? And did Carrie Underwood swipe a Video of the Year win for her epic “Blown Away” clip? Check out all the country stars who took home trophies at tonight’s CMT Music Awards (winners are in bold), and stay tuned for a full recap of the show tomorrow in the AM.

CMT Performance of the Year
Dierks Bentley, ’5-1-5-0′ (From ‘CMT Unplugged’)
Eric Church, ‘Homeboy’ (From 2012 CMT ‘Artists of the Year’)
Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder, ‘Drunk on You / Feel Again’ (From 2012 CMT ‘Artists of the Year’)
Miranda Lambert, ‘Over You’ (From 2012 CMT ‘Artists of the Year’) – WINNER!
Rascal Flatts and Journey, ‘Don’t Stop Believin” (From ‘CMT Crossroads’)
Toby Keith, ‘Beers Ago’ (From 2012 CMT ‘Artists of the Year’)

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Kip Moore – “Beer Money”
Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”

Collaborative Video of the Year
Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh – “Rocky Mountain Way,” from CMT Crossroads
Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards
Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like A Rockstar”
Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Changed,” from CMT Crossroads
The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis – “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT Crossroads

Duo Video of the Year
Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out Of Air”
Thompson Square – “If I Didn’t Have You”

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”
Faith Hill – “American Heart”
Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”
Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”

Group Video of the Year
Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”
Little Big Town – “Pontoon”
Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”
Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”
The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”
Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”

Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”
Eric Church – “Creepin’”
Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”
Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”
Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

Video of the Year
Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”
Jason Aldean – “1994”
Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”
Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”
Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”
Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

And if you’re wondering what I thought of the show, overall…

Taylor Swift, Pistol Annies, Luke Bryan among CMT Awards performers

If you’re going to throw a party in Nashville — especially one where little gold statuettes will be handed out — you kind of have to invite Taylor Swift. So it’s only right that this year’s CMT Music Awards get that formality out of the way.

The first batch of performers have been announced for this year’s show, which takes place on Wednesday, June 5, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. In addition to Swift, the stage will belong to Pistol Annies (whose excellent new album Annie Up is out now), Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, and Little Big Town, with more to come. READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Awards: Best and worst of the broadcast

The actual winners were announced last night at the CMT Music Awards. But here are a few more honors from the telecast that you should feel free to weigh in on:

Best Overall Performance Willie Nelson assembled an all-star crew to help him sing the hilarious “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.” The ponytailed veteran was joined by Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, Zac Brown, and Jamey Johnson, all of whom looked delighted to be sharing the stage with the legendary toker.

(Honorable Mention Little Big Town, who always sound fantastic, delivered a fun rendition of their summer single “Pontoon.” On a night when A-listers like Kenny Chesney, the Zac Brown Band, and Luke Bryan delivered competent but forgettable performances, theirs might legitimately have earned the quartet a few new listeners. Also, props to Kellie Pickler for her “Motorboatin’” introduction.) READ FULL STORY

CMT Music Awards: See the winners here!

UPDATE: The CMT Music Awards recap is live!

Check back tomorrow for a full recap of the 2012 CMT Music Awards, which were held tonight in Nashville and hosted by Toby Keith and Kristen Bell. For now, though, see all the country stars who took home the coveted silver buckles below: (Condolences go out to EW‘s own Mandi Bierly, who is undoubtedly — and justifiably — sad about Little Big Town‘s loss tonight!) READ FULL STORY

Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert lead 2011 CMT Award nominations

Hang on to your ten-gallon hats and hold down your Swift-y sundresses, people. Country Music Television has announced the nominees for their annual CMT Music Awards.

CMT host Evan Farmer visited NBC’s Today show with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb this morning to reveal who may be bringing home some hardware come June 8 in Nashville, TN, where the ceremony will be held.

Jason Aldean is the leading nominee for the awards, with four total, including Video of the Year for his “My Kinda Party” and Collaborative Video of the Year after pairing with Kelly Clarkson “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, and Zac Brown Band all have one less than Aldean, earning three nominations each. Fans can vote for all 10 categories here until June 7. Check out the full list of nominees and tell us if you think CMT  snubbed missed anyone after the jump.

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CMT Music Awards: Get the list of winners here!

Carrie-UnderwoodImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosTonight’s CMT Music Awards just wrapped up — if you missed it, you can check out the replay of my liveblog here, during which no one at all drank anything other than Capri Sun — and here’s your full list of winners, in bold, after the jump. Carrie Underwood, whose fans are very good at voting for her, took home two as the night’s big winner (Video of the Year and CMT Performance), yet found herself defeated by Miranda Lambert and “White Liar” in the Female Video category. If you can figure that discrepancy out, or have any further comments about tonight’s show, leave ‘em in the comments! READ FULL STORY

The CMT Music Awards: We live-blogged it!

kid-rockImage Credit: Chris Polk/VF1/Getty ImagesTONIGHT, a.k.a. Wednesday night, June 9, we live-blogged the 2010 CMT Music Awards, featuring performances from Brad Paisley, Keith Urban (with John Mayer!), Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, and your host, Mr. Kid Rock, all coming together for a truly unique awards show experience. If you missed the action live, you can catch a replay after the jump. Featuring Sheryl Crow’s pants!

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