Underwood nets video of the year at CMT gala



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Carrie Underwood performs Before He Cheats at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., Monday. She won video of the year and female video of the year for the song.


Carrie Underwood’s dark hit Before He Cheats won video of the year, female video and best video director Monday at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

In the song, Underwood takes a baseball bat to a cheating boyfriend’s “pretty little souped up 4-wheel drive.”

“It was at the CMT awards last year that I gave my first acceptance speech ever,” the former American Idol said.

“It’s been such an amazing and blessed two years.”

Kenny Chesney won male video for You Save Me and Rascal Flatts won group video for What Hurts the Most.

Jack Ingram received the Wide Open Country award, a new category intended to honour artists outside the mainstream.

Viewers chose Ingram’s video over Johnny Cash’s God’s Gonna Cut You Down, rockers Sheryl Crow and Sting for their duet Always on Your Side and Jimmy Buffett’s Bama Breeze.

“Right now, I’m flying on the mainstream radar but for a long time I wasn’t,” Ingram said.

Teen newcomer Taylor Swift captured breakthrough video of the year honours with her hit Tim McGraw.

Later, the Grade 11 student said she is taking her final exams Tuesday. She attended the show with her mother.

“This is my first award show ever. I wanted my mom right next to me,” Swift said.

Sugarland won duo video of the year for Want To.

“Thank you to the fans,” singer Jennifer Nettles said.

“We love that you vote for that; it makes it that much more special.”