Wildest Moments From Past CMT Music Awards

Unexpected Cameos, Audience Interaction Included in List of Memories

Every year the CMT Music Awards deliver heart-pounding performances and a bevy of buckles at the fan-voted show. They also include instances that leave us cheering, laughing or longing for more. Check out our countdown of the most unforgettable moments from each year.

  1. 2002 – When Trace Adkins met his Mini-Me

    Verne J. Troyer, on left, and Trace Adkins during the first ever CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennesee.  6/12/02  Photo by Scott Gries/ImageDirect Scott Gries/ImageDirect

  2. 2003 – The Naked Cowboy showed off his assets.

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  3. 2004 – Dolly Parton brought the heat as she hosted the show.

    Host Dolly Parton (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage) J.Sciulli/WireImage

  4. 2005 – Actor Jeff Daniels did some pickin’ and grinnin’ while singing about country music.

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  5. 2006 – Lisa Rinna and Jeff Foxworthy showed off their skills in Line Dancing With the Stars.

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  6. 2007 – Jeff Foxworthy unleashed his inner Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader.

    Jeff Foxworthy and the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders introduce award presenters (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Kevin Mazur/WireImage

  7. 2008 – When Snoop Dogg and Jason Aldean met

    Jason Aldean and Snoop Dogg on stage during the 2008 CMT Music Awards at the Curb Events Center at Belmont University on April 14, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic) Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

  8. 2009 – Taylor Swift and Def Leppard rocked out with their collaboration of “Pour Some Sugar on Me.”

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 16:  Taylor Swift and Joe Elliott of Def Leppard perform on stage at the 2009 CMT Music Awards at the Sommet Center on June 16, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Kevin Mazur/WireImage

  9. 2010 – Paula Deen showed her appreciation for The Situation.

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09:  Paula Deen and Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino onstage during the 2010 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Kevin Mazur/WireImage

  10. 2011 – Host Kid Rock kicked the show off into high gear.

    Kid Rock performs on stage at the 2011 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Mike Coppola/WireImage) Mike Coppola/WireImage

  11. 2012 – Co-hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell arrived to the show in a giant red solo cup.

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06:  Hosts Toby Keith and Kristen Bell speak during the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic) FilmMagic/FilmMagic

  12. 2013 – Taylor Swift unveiled her inner rock goddess.

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05:  Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Jason Merritt/Getty Images

  13. 2014 – Little Big Town‘s “Day Drinking” led to a messy paint party.

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04:  (L-R) Philip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook of Little Big Town attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage) Larry Busacca/WireImage

  14. 2015 – Jake Owen‘s “Real Life” included a crowd-surfing bed.

    NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10:  Jake Owen performs onstage during the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic) FilmMagic/FilmMagic