The first-ever winners of the CMT.com Loaded Awards, a one-of-a-kind celebration of Internet excellence, were announced Tuesday (Jan. 23). Honored for the best digital achievements in 2006 at CMT.com, Carrie Underwood racked up four awards including No. 1 digitally active female artist. Rascal Flatts were also multiple winners with two awards including No. 1 streamed music video for “What Hurts the Most.” Keith Urban also took the top male honor for No. 1 digitally active male artist.
Created specifically for CMT’s broadband channel CMT Loaded, the CMT.com Loaded Awards features hosts Adam Black, Lauren Rainey and Charla, along with music by Phil Lee from the lunch room, the freight elevator and even the bathroom. Highlights from the award festivities include an introduction by CMT’s own Loaded Girl 15, fun tips from Montgomery Gentry on how to watch Loaded at work and Two Foot Fred on a frantic search for Carrie Underwood.
Featured guests and presenters on the show are Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Josh Turner, Lindsey Haun, Montgomery Gentry, Pam Tillis, Taylor Swift, Trent Tomlinson, Billy Gilman, James Otto, Chris Young, Hazel Smith, Deanna Kay (MuzikMafia TV) and Nashville Predators Martin Erat and Darcy Hordichuk.
The winners were determined solely by the fans’ clicks during visits to CMT.com. The awards recognize content and artists with the most online traffic during 2006 at CMT.com and CMT Loaded. Each winner will be presented with the CMT.com Loaded Mouse Award, a unique hand-painted gold computer mouse mounted inside a genuine Mason jar.
Here’s a list of the No. 1 winners in all 14 categories.
Streamed Live Performance: Carrie Underwood and Jamie O’Neal, “Does He Love You” (from CMT Greatest Duets Concert)
Streamed Hottest Chick With a Baseball Bat Video: Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
Streamed Video From a New Artist (Rookie of the Year Award): Lindsey Haun, “Broken”
Streamed Video Not to be Viewed at Work: Country Fried Home Videos (Trigger Chicks)
Streamed Studio 330 Sessions: Jason Aldean, “Hicktown”
Country With the Most Loaded Visitors: Canada
Streamed Original Content: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team (The Cut)
Streamed Get Loaded Award: Trace Adkins, “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”
Streamed Funny Behind the Scenes Moment: Country Fried Home Videos (In the Buff)
Streamed Stickin It to the Man Video: Carrie Underwood, “Before He Cheats”
Streamed Music Video: Rascal Flatts “What Hurts the Most”
Digitally Active Group/Duo: Rascal Flatts
Digitally Active Female Artist: Carrie Underwood
Digitally Active Male Artist: Keith Urban