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Kellie Pickler to host CMT Music Awards Video of the Year special


By Christopher Rocchio, 04/04/2007 

While she would rather be nominated for the award, Kellie Pickler will take the hosting gig all the same.

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The former American Idol 5 finalist will host the 2007 CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Special when it premieres on Monday, April 9 at 10:30PM ET/PT.  Then, one week later on Monday, April 16 at 8PM ET, Pickler will be up for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2007 CMT Music Awards for her video "Red High Heels."

Pickler's debut album "Small Town Girl" was released last Halloween after she signed a recording contract with BNA Records, a country label owned by RCA Records and Sony BMG Music Entertainment.  "Small Town Girl" was certified gold in mid-January for selling more than 500,000 copies as it was fueled by the album's debut single, "Red High Heels."

During the April 9 special, Pickler give fans a closer look at the eight videos nominated for a 2007 CMT Video of the Year award -- Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats;" Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready to Make Nice;" George Strait's "The Seashores of Old Mexico;" Keith Urban's "Once In a Lifetime;" Kenny Chesney's "You Save Me;" Rascal Flatts' "What Hurts the Most;" Sugarland's "Want To;" and Toby Keith's "A Little Too Late." 

The field of eight will then be narrowed to four at the beginning of the 2007 CMT Music Awards, which will air live from Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University.

CMT's sixth annual awards show -- which honors country music's elite for the year's most outstanding music videos and is the genre's only fan-voted awards -- will be hosted by Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? host and comedian Jeff Foxworthy. 

It will also feature a live performance by American Idol 4 winner Carrie Underwood -- who in addition to being nominated for Video of the Year was also nominated for Female Video of the Year.


(Photo credit Fox)


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