Chesney also scores at CMT Awards
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 honor 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.”
Teen newcomer Taylor Swift captured breakthrough video of the year honors with her hit “Tim McGraw.”
Sugarland won duo video of the year for “Want To.”
Kris Kristofferson, who penned country classics like “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Help Me Make it Through the Night,” received the Johnny Cash Visionary Award.
Kristofferson, 70, joins previous winners Hank Williams Jr., Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, the Dixie Chicks and his late friend Johnny Cash.
Comedian Jeff Foxworthy hosted the show, and performers included Rascal Flatts, Chesney, Toby Keith, Sugarland and Bon Jovi.
Winners of the CMT Music Awards:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “You Save Me,” Kenny Chesney
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Want To,” Sugarland
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “What Hurts the Most,” Rascal Flatts
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Tim McGraw,” Taylor Swift
WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR: “Love You,” Jack Ingram
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR: Roman White, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood
JOHNNY CASH VISIONARY AWARD: Kris Kristofferson