The CMT Music Awards air tonight at 7 on....wait for it...CMT.  Boy, that was fun.  Long and short, these awards, though entertaining, fall to a distant 3rd in popularity behind the CMA Awards and ACM's.  

However, for those of us who are truly country music fans, it's another opportunity to see our music icons get recognized for the incredible videos they've created to help promote their music.  Hosted by Kristen Bell and Jason Aldean, the show promises loads of appearances and performances from some of Nashville's finest.  Here's a quick rundown of this year's nominees:

Video of the Year

Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”

Carrie Underwood – “Blown Away”

Eric Church – “Springsteen”

FloridaGeorgia Line – “Cruise”

Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”

Jason Aldean – “1994”

Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”

Little Big Town – “Tornado”

Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”

Taylor Swift – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Tim McGraw – “One of Those Nights”

 

Male Video of the Year

Blake Shelton – “Sure Be Cool If You Did”

Eric Church – “Creepin’”

Hunter Hayes – “Wanted”

Jason Aldean – “Take a Little Ride”

Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”

Luke Bryan – “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”

 

Female Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood – “Two Black Cadillacs”

Faith Hill – “American Heart”

Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”

Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”

Miranda Lambert – “Mama’s Broken Heart”

Taylor Swift – “Begin Again”

 

Group Video of the Year

Lady Antebellum – “Downtown”

Little Big Town – “Pontoon”

Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”

Rascal Flatts – “Come Wake Me Up”

The Band Perry – “Better Dig Two”

Zac Brown Band – “Goodbye in Her Eyes”

 

Duo Video of the Year

Big & Rich – “That’s Why I Pray”

FloridaGeorgia Line – “Cruise”

Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out of Air”

Thompson Square– “If I Didn’t Have You”

 

Breakthrough Video of the Year

Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”

FloridaGeorgia Line – “Cruise”

Jana Kramer – “Why Ya Wanna”

Kacey Musgraves – “Merry Go ‘Round”

KipMoore– “Beer Money”

Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”

 

Collaborative Video of the Year

Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh – “RockyMountain Way,” from CMT Crossroads: Joe Walsh & Friends

Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church – “The Only Way I Know,” from 2012 CMA Awards

Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill – “Don’t Rush,” from 2012 CMA Awards

Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw – “Feel Like a Rock Star”

Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Changed,” from CMT Crossroads: Journey and Rascal Flatts

The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis – “Three Wooden Crosses” from CMT Crossroads: The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis

 

CMT Performance of the Year

Dierks Bentley – “5-1-5-0” from CMT Unplugged

Eric Church – “Homeboy” from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year

Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder – “Drunk on You/Feel Again” from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year

Miranda Lambert – “Over You” from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year

Rascal Flatts and Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’” from CMT Crossroads: Journey and Rascal Flatts

Toby Keith – “Beers Ago” from 2012 CMT Artists of the Year