Taylor Swift, Sugarland Early Winners At Fan-Voted CMT Music Awards

Nashville (AP) -- Carrie Underwood's dark hit "Before He Cheats" won Video Of The Year, Female Video and Best Video Director Monday night at the fan-voted CMT Music Awards.

In the song, Underwood takes a baseball bat to a cheating boyfriend's "4-Wheel Drive."

"American Idol" star Underwood noted that it was at the CMT Awards last year that she gave her first ever acceptance speech.

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

Jack Ingram won the Wide Open Country Award, a new category intended to honor artists outside the mainstream.

Teen newcomer Taylor Swift captured Breakthrough Video Of The Year honors with her hit "Tim McGraw." this was her first ever awards show and her date was her mother.

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.

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