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Miss Swift, who won the fan-voted Artist of the Year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this year, joined the show via live video uplink from Wisconsin, where she’s on tour, after the fan-voted award was announced.
“I wish I could be there, but I’m hanging out with 15,000 of my closest friends in Milwaukee,” Miss Swift said as frenzied fans screamed in the background.
Mr. Shelton, who appeared via video uplink from the set of his reality contest show “The Voice,” won male video of the year for “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” and best Web video for “Kiss My Country Ass.” Sugarland kicked off the night with the first win, taking duo video of the year for “Stuck Like Glue.”
Lady Antebellum won group video of the year for “Hello World.” The Band Perry won breakthrough video for “If I Die Young.” Jimmy Buffett and the Zac Brown Band won best CMT performance of the year for “Margaritaville.” And pop heartthrob Bieber added a CMT belt buckle to the pile of trophies he has won in the past year, taking home best collaboration with Rascal Flatts for “That Should Be Me.”
Long a fan of Rascal Flatts, Justin drew some of the night’s biggest cheers from the crowd in a corridor of Bridgestone Arena, where the red carpet was moved to avoid oppressive temperatures near 100. One of the night’s largest entourages included Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox’s daughters, 10-year-old Brittany and 8-year-old Brooklyn, who clearly were smitten with the teen sensation.
“If I wanted to go home, I had no choice but to bring them,” Mr. LeVox said.
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