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CMT Hot 20 Countdown Goes Back to School

Murray State University Also Hosts Big & Rich, Joe Nichols and Chase Bryant

From voting on their favorite videos to serving as an enthusiastic live audience and interacting on social media, fan participation is a huge part of CMT Hot 20 Countdown.

The tireless support from fans doesn’t go unnoticed, either. On Saturday (Nov. 22), the fans really delivered.

Murray State University beat out colleges from across the nation to prove they have the biggest country music fans. The school was the winner of CMT’s Hot 20 Country College sweepstakes.

The grand prize was a taping of CMT Hot 20 Countdown on campus.

Not only did hosts Cody Alan and Katie Cook make the trip to Murray, Kentucky, but they brought along some friends to really get the celebration going. Big & Rich, Joe Nichols and Chase Bryant all performed their latest singles for the crowd.

Big & Rich sang their sweet tune, “Look at You,” from their new album, Gravity. Nichols performed “Hard to Be Cool” from his latest project, Crickets. And country newcomer Bryant relished the good ol’ days in his debut single, “Take It on Back.”

Hot 20 gave fans a creative outlet during the show as they asked them to record Big & Rich and Nichols’ performances on their smart phones and submit their videos, along with their Twitter handle to hot20.cmt.com. Submitted clips were then edited into the show, giving a unique view from around the venue.

Check out how Big & Rich’s “Look at You” turned out.

And take a look at Nichols’ performance of “Hard to Be Cool.”
The fan interaction didn’t end there. Three students were invited onstage to compete in Freshmen 15.
And even University’s president, Dr. Robert Davies, got involved when he competed against Nichols in a lively game of cornhole.
One of the best reactions to Hot 20’s visit to the school came from the features editor of The Murray State News, Breanna Sill.

Read her heartwarming story here.

Catch a brand new episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday (Nov. 29) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.