Guest Author - Kathy Lyngholm
Airing May 21st and hosted by Dolly Parton, this kick off show of the awards season was a rip roaring good time filled with jokes and live performances. Was it a prelude to the way the awards would go on the ACM's? You decide, Toby Keith was having a great night, but of course, this is fan driven voting and not just the industry.
Best video of the year
Toby Keith - "American Soldier"
Best video by a male artist
Kenny Chesney - "There Goes My Life"
Best video by a female artist
Shania Twain - "Forever and For Always"
The best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists
Toby Keith duet with Willie Nelson - "Beer for My Horses"
Best video by a group or duo.
Rascal Flatts - "I Melt"
Best video from an artist's major debut album
Dierks Bentley - "What Was I Thinkin'"
Kenny Chesney - "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems"
Best cameo in a video
The Cast of "Celebrity": Jason Alexander, Jim Belushi, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trista Rehn, William Shatner (Brad Paisley) - "Celebrity"
Video with the best direction (video that best captures the mood, tempo and intensity of the song)
Michael Salomon/Toby Keith - "Beer for My Horses (duet with Willie Nelson)"
Johnny Cash Visionary Award