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CMT Awards Idolize Newcomer Carrie Underwood

Posted in News on April 11, 2006
It's official: country music fans can't get enough of BMI's dazzling new star Carrie Underwood. The 2005 American Idol winner was the only artist to take home more than one of the fan-voted CMT Music Awards on April 10, winning both Breakthrough Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Jesus, Take the Wheel."

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Superstar and perennial fan favorite Keith Urban snagged Video of the Year honors for "Better Life," the only award viewers voted on during the actual broadcast.

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The seemingly unstoppable Rascal Flatts were awarded Group/Duo Video of the Year for the touching "Skin (Sarabeth)," while Most Inspiring Video of the Year went to "When I Get Where I'm Going," which featured the divine harmonies of BMI Icon Dolly Parton.

Each year, the Johnny Cash Visionary Award honors a true pioneer of the country music genre. Past recipients include BMI Icon Loretta Lynn, the Dixie Chicks, Reba McEntire and Johnny Cash himself. This year, BMI living legend Hank Williams Jr. received the illustrious distinction. Williams' staggering list of accomplishments includes worldwide album sales surpassing 50 million and current preparations to release his 70th album this year.

The only awards show whose winners are strictly determined by the fans, the CMT Music Awards celebrate the music videos that capture the imaginations and tug on the heart strings of millions of country music devotees each year.

BMI's 2006 CMT Music Award Winners:

Video of the Year
Keith Urban
"Better Life"

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"

Group/Duo Video of the Year
Rascal Flatts
"Skin (Sarabeth)"

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood
"Jesus, Take the Wheel"

Most Inspiring Video of the Year
"When I Get Where I'm Going"
featuring Dolly Parton

Johnny Cash Visionary Award
Hank Williams Jr.