What to Expect at the Flameworthy Awards

Everybody’s tight-lipped about the surprise guests at Monday’s (April 7) CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, but here’s what we know:

  • Shania Twain has closed her rehearsals to everyone except the TV crew. That means something’s Up!, so to speak. Twain will be catching a flight from Canada after hosting Sunday’s (April 6) Juno Awards the night before. She’s nominated for four Flameworthy awards — or five, if she makes the final cut for video of the year. (The 10 semi-finalists will be narrowed to five at the beginning of the telecast.)
  • Faith Hill will debut her new single, “You’re Still Here.” On the album credits of Cry, this song lists 18 violinists, eight cellists and six viola players. Talk about pulling strings! The glamorous singer is making preparations to film a video for the song, according to her record label, but no details are available yet. The video for “Cry” earned three nominations — or four, if the video of the year nomination comes through.
  • As much as Tim McGraw talks about his band, they’re sure to take part in his Flameworthy performance. His video “She’s My Kind of Rain” earned three Flameworthy nominations — four, if the clip gets final nomination as video of the year. As “Rain” has pretty much reached its saturation point, it’s entirely likely that McGraw will feature something else from his latest album — one of those arena-rockers, I’d bet.
  • Hill and McGraw compete against each other in the fashion plate category (for best-dressed), aside Twain, Dixie Chicks and Keith Urban . Talking with reporters last week, Urban said, “‘Somebody Like You’ seems like an anti-fashion video. I mean, it’s jeans and T-shirts and dirt and there really wasn’t a lot of fashion in there.” Still, he admits it’s the most enjoyable video he’s done so far.
  • The last time Flameworthy co-host Toby Keith was interviewed by CMT, he was asked what he’d be performing at the awards show. He said he might share one of his bus songs (such as “Only the Best-Looking Tuna Gets to Be Star-Kissed”), and he thought he’d perhaps write something for the occasion. Of course, with “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue” up for two nominations — or three, if … well, you know. Keith may figure out a way to make a patriotic statement too. And his rehearsal is closed too. Hmmm ….
  • Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow have not sung “Picture” on live television before, which is saying something, considering that they both seem to be everywhere these days. Depending on whom you listen to, Crow has either moved to Nashville or is about to. Here’s what we know to be true: Crow is the only woman nominated in the male video of the year category, for the “Picture” video. But the real question is, does fellow nominee Kenny Chesney have a better tan?
  • Martina McBride ’s performance of “Where Would You Be” from 2002’s Flameworthy awards dominated the CMT airwaves, but she’s not singing this year. However, she’ll be presenting an award — as will a variety of singing and non-singing celebs. And look for the Naked Cowboy, a familiar sight to New Yorkers, to flesh out the on-stage lineup.

The CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards will be telecast live Monday (April 7) at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Craig Shelburne has been writing for CMT.com since 2002. He is also a producer for CMT Edge, Concrete Country and Live @ CMT.