The broadcast is a mix of music and tributes. Along with performances by Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers are touching and funny moments shared by Sara Evans, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, Lionel Richie and William Shatner.
Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Ellen DeGeneres and Jeff Gordon appear in taped messages to congratulate the honorees on their big night
This is a nice salute to some talented people. The strangest thing about this 90-minute special is that it is hosted by Rob Lowe. He’s not the first name I think of when it comes to country music.
Here’s another “Local Boy Done Good” story: Chowchilla native Shaun Silva took the director of the year honors at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best videos in country music.
Silva’s body of work had already made him one of country music’s premiere directors (he’s done videos for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney), but this award cements that. It’s his first win for this fan-voted award, though he’d been nominated previously, and his videos have won plenty of past CMT Awards.