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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — 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.
Actress Kristin Chenoweth’s first CMT Music Awards left quite an impression Wednesday night.
“This show is entertaining,” Chenoweth said. “I think the Oscars could learn something from it.”
Recent trends continued as Taylor Swift’s fans gave her the night’s top honor — the fan-voted video of the year award for “Mine” — Miranda Lambert’s “The House That Built Me” continued its extraordinary run and Lambert’s new husband, Blake Shelton, was the night’s only multiple winner.
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.
Let’s start with Crow’s underwear, which made a brief appearance after she sang “Collide” with host Kid Rock. The singer wore a short, white skirt as she sat on a stool alongside Kid Rock and briefly flashed the camera as she stood up. It happened in a blink of the eye, but in the age of DVRs the moment went viral on Twitter, something Crow acknowledged about an hour later when she and Sara Evans presented an award.
“Well, at least you were wearing underwear,” Evans told Crow.
“I was wearing underwear because I’m good, clean, wholesome family fun,” Crow joked. That wasn’t the night’s only surprising moment.
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 Flatt and. Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wore cowboy boots.