Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Sugarland Top First-Round Nominations for 2010 CMT Music Awards

Fan Voting Now Underway at CMT.com for June 9 Awards Show

With four nominations each, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland lead the pack in first round of nominations for the 2010 CMT Music Awards. Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and the Zac Brown Band followed close behind with three nominations each.

Fan voting is now underway on CMT.com to determine the final nominees for the ninth annual awards show. This year’s event takes place June 9 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and will be telecast live on CMT and CMT.com.

The first round of voting runs through May 3 for fans to select the top nominees in each category. On May 11, CMT will announce the four finalists in each of the categories, except video of the year. Fans can then vote online through June 8 to determine the winners in all but the video of the year category. The final nominees for video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the live show, and fans can vote at CMT.com and via text message throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

Of the top nominees, Aldean’s “The Truth” is nominated for video of the year and male video of the year. His work with Bryan Adams on “Heaven,” recorded for CMT Crossroads, is up for collaborative video and CMT performance of the year.

Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” is nominated for video of the year and group video of the year. Their latest, “American Honey,” is also in the group video field. Their live version of “Lookin’ for a Good Time,” recorded at the 2009 CMT Music Awards, is nominated for CMT performance of the year.

Two of Sugarland’s videos — “Keep You” and “Nightswimming/Joey” — are nominated in the duo video category. Their rendition of “Love Shack” with the B-52s at last year’s CMT Music Awards, resulted in nominations in the collaborative video and CMT performance of the year categories.

Joining Adams and the B-52s among the artists with two nominations each are Laura Bell Bundy, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Steel Magnolia and Keith Urban.

View a complete list of the first-round nominees for the 2010 CMT Music Awards.