Urban, Underwood Visit the Press Room at CMT Music Awards

Wynonna Clarifies Statement About "Vanilla" Music

Keith Urban won the video of the year trophy at the 2006 CMT Music Awards on Monday night (April 10) in Nashville, but he probably didn’t party too hard.

“We’re actually going in the studio at 10 o’clock tomorrow morning,” he explained. Asked about what kind of music to expect, he joked, “A polka album.” When the laughter died down, he added, “I hope it’s just about strong songs. A lot of records are just really about songs. … At the same time, I like to get into the studio and see what happens. Take a few songs in and let it just flow.”

Urban said his next radio single will be from his upcoming album, although no release date has been set for either the album or the single. Asked if he’s interested in getting into movies, too, he said it’s not a priority. “I love making music,” he said. “It’s what I do naturally. I think I’m kind of curious about the challenge of acting, but it’s not something that I really think about right now. This record is everything to me.”

Carrie Underwood accepted two awards at the show, for breakthrough artist and female video, both for “Jesus, Take the Wheel.”

“The first one was really nerve-wracking,” she told reporters backstage. “I don’t really know what I said, but I think I yelled it all. But that’s OK. People will understand. The second one, I was really hoping for one, and I didn’t have anything prepared for another one. I don’t know what I said then either.”

Underwood arrived backstage clutching an award — an oversized, sparkling belt buckle.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s awesome. It doesn’t look like any other award. I’ll take my belt buckle any day.”

Asked what she remembered most about filming the winning video, Underwood quickly answered, “I remember the entire time saying, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know what I’m doing.’ I asked the director to give me a lot of direction because I had never done this before. … I loved the way it turned out. The first time I saw it, I cried. I thought it was very powerful.”

Underwood also credited her exposure on American Idol with launching her explosive career.

“I actually tried to take over Nashville quite a while ago, and it didn’t work,” she said. “I was a small-town girl with big dreams, not really knowing what to do or where to go. American Idol was my gateway, and the doors just started opening up from the moment I auditioned. I definitely believe that’s why I am standing here today. I wouldn’t have made it here without that.”

Only moments before, Wynonna was asked about her opinion on Underwood’s music. Wynonna admitted she didn’t know much about it but noted that Underwood is a good singer. However, she then commented that it takes more than a good voice to make it today and wished for a new, bluesy female artist to come along because she thinks the current music scene is too “vanilla.”

After Underwood answered her questions, Wynonna returned to the microphone to clarify her remarks, emphasizing that she doesn’t consider Underwood’s music to be vanilla. Meanwhile, Underwood backed up to the corner of the stage, visibly emotional at the unexpected speech. When photographers requested a photo of the two singers together, Wynonna asked Underwood if it was OK and they were all smiles when the flashes went off.

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