As a follow up to yesterday’s CMT Award Show blog, Fender artist Dierks Bentley performed the first live musical act of the show with “Sideways,” and then later joined Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley on stage to accept the award for CMT Performance of the Year for his part in Jackson’s “Country Boy” during the TV special, CMT Giants: Alan Jackson.
Sugarland walked away with a CMT award for best Duo Video of the Year and also pulled off the surprise of the night by bringing along the B-52’s to help them perform “Love Shack,” a cover the country band has been playing during their recent tour.
Other highlights from the show included the opening pre-recorded skit between show host Bill Engvall and Taylor Swift. Swift lives out her dreams in the skit, including rapping with T-Pain. The teen-aged country star actually pulls it off, and if you haven’t yet caught it, it’s worth a watch on CMT.com.
Paisley was one of the night’s big winners, taking home three awards including CMT Collaborative Video for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban.
“Start a Band” features two youngsters playing the “Rock Band” music video game, and during their award acceptance speeches included an exchange that we at Fender can appreciate.
“Learn guitar kids — the real thing,” Urban said.”`Rock Band’ never got anybody a date — never,” Paisley added.