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Keith Urban Rocks the 2008 CMT Music Awards

Party. Yell. Rock. Repeat.

The 2009 CMT Music Awards return for the eighth year and promise to be bigger, badder and louder than ever before. This year the show returns to its original home at the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville. The bigger venue means more fans, more stars and more of everything you love about country music. Shop now for exclusive 2009 CMT Music Awards merchandise.

CMT turns the fate of the 2009 CMT Music Awards over to the fans for country music's only fan-voted awards show. The final four nominees were revealed on May 19 -- with the exception of the coveted video of the year category which will be announced during the live broadcast on June 16.

Videos that debuted on CMT between Jan. 18, 2008 and Feb. 23, 2009, are eligible for the 2009 CMT Music Awards, and finalists were determined by a blue-ribbon panel that included noted country music journalists, as well as music industry and CMT executives.

The first round of voting ran from April 13 through May 11, only on CMT.com, where fans selected from the top eight nominees in each of the 10 categories. The second round of voting will end on Sunday, June 14 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

The 2009 CMT Music Awards show premieres live from Nashville on June 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Tickets to the 2009 CMT Music Awards went on sale May 2, and sold out the same day. Shop now for exclusive 2009 CMT Music Awards merchandise.

Country's ONLY fan-voted awards show IS going to be bigger than ever, returning to downtown Nashville's Sommet Center on June 16th.

As the 2009 CMT Music Awards prepare to be Live + Loud, we want to answer a few of your questions:

I have a ticket that says Limited View. What does that mean? Due to the nature of live television productions, there may be unforeseen set pieces or production equipment which may cause part of your view to become limited.

What if my ticket says Mosh 1? If you have purchased a ticket that says Mosh 1, this is the designation for the floor area directly in front of the stage. Mosh tickets are standing room only, no seating, but you won't want to sit down and miss a second of the action.

What time do I need to arrive at the awards show? Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Doors will close promptly at 6:30 p.m. at which time all guests must be in their seats. The LIVE telecast begins at 7 p.m.

What if I arrive late? Please allow ample time for parking. Because this is a live television event, empty seats that appear on camera will be given to seat fillers. Late arrivals will be held until a commercial break.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets cannot be replaced if lost or stolen.

What should I wear? We encourage all audience members to dress as if you are going to a concert or a night strolling Broadway. The best colors for TV are solid, dark colors. We encourage all audience members to not wear big prints or white, as these don't look good through the camera lens.

I have a ticket that says Side Stage. What does that mean? If you have purchased a ticket that says Side Stage, this is the designation for the sections that are directly on either side of the main stage. Your view of the performers will be limited due to your location and to unforeseen set pieces or production equipment.

CMT Music Awards fans are an important part of the energy of this show. We need your enthusiasm, whistles and cheers, so please remain in your seat while we are broadcasting the show live. Besides, if you leave your seat, you never know what you may miss.

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