CMT Awards 2011: Taylor Swift takes top honor, Justin Beiber brings crossover appeal

The CMT Music Awards were held on Wednesday night, and while Blake Shelton was the only multiple award winner, it was Taylor Swift who took the top award. As AP reported:

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Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were big winners at the 2011 CMT Awards. Rapper Ludacris and teen pop star Justin Beiber also performed at the award show. (June 9)

Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert were big winners at the 2011 CMT Awards. Rapper Ludacris and teen pop star Justin Beiber also performed at the award show. (June 9)

Taylor Swift’s fans gave her another trophy, Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” continued its extraordinary run and Sheryl Crow’s underwear stole the show at the fan-voted 2011 CMT Music Awards.

Swift won the night’s biggest award, video of the year, for her song “Mine” thanks to her fans. Lambert took female video of the year for the life-changing song that’s earned her a Grammy and the major country awards already and her new husband, Blake Shelton, was the night’s only multiple winner.

Swift, who won the fan-voted entertainer 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.

“I wish I could be there, but I’m hanging out with 15,000 of my closest friends in Milwaukee,” Swift said as frenzied fans screamed in the background.

Shelton and Lambert also weren’t able to make it and they missed some interesting moments.

As with many awards shows, the CMT music awards had their share of unplanned but memorable events, including Shania Twain falling on her way to the stage and a wardrobe malfunction from Sherly Crow. As Sarah Anne Hughes explained:

Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Blake Shelton all went home with CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night. But it’s the stars who suffered “oops” moments that are getting the spotlight.

Shania Twain, who, thanks in part to her OWN docu-drama, is coming out of an extremely reclusive period, appeared at the show in a “Thelma and Louise” spoof with Taylor Swift and as a presenter. But her night was sullied as she tripped and fell on her way to the stage.

In a video posted to her Web site, Twain laughed off the fall, saying she wasn’t injured “making a fool” of herself. She may auction off the shoes she was wearing at the time.

For your daily dose of schadenfraude, watch clip of the trip below.

Twain wasn’t the only country music lady who had a less-than-great moment. While appearing onstage with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow accidentally let the crowd see what she had on under her mini dress.

Crow confirmed the flash while onstage with Sara Evans, who quipped, “At least you were wearing underwear.”

Some of the most interesting moment at the CMT Awards were the unlikely mashups and cross-genre performances. As AP reported:

Ludacris made a surprise appearance, as did Sheryl Crow’s underwear. Lady Antebellum laid down a funky beat with Charles Kelley doing a Don Henley impression. And a sassy Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place.

As often is the case at the CMT Awards, though, the show was as memorable for its unlikely mashups and celebrity cross-pollination moments as for its winners.

Swift joined Shania Twain for their own pre-recorded faux movie trailer of “Thelma & Louise” that included guest appearances by Donald Trump and Kenny Rogers. Justin Bieber induced tears from teenagers as he walked the red carpet with Rascal Flatts. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Hines Ward wore cowboy boots and shook his hips on stage.

Lady A turned in one of the night’s most interesting performances. The trio opened with its record-setting single “Just a Kiss” before singer Charles Kelley jumped on the drums as the band switched to Prince’s “Kiss.”

Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place and taught him a little something about country on a duet of his “Hell, Yes, I’m Country.” And near the end of the show, fans audibly gasped as Twain slipped and fell on her way to the stage.

Jason Aldean, who was shut out after earning a leading four nominations, topped off the night with a surprise version of his hip hop-infused hit “Dirt Road Anthem” with rapper Ludacris. It was a perfect end to a show that thrived on unlikely pairings.

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