CMT was the second organization to present Swift a major industry honor when she won Breakthrough Video of the Year for “Tim McGraw” in 2007, and it seems like award shows have become way more fun ever since then.
— CMT (@CMT) May 7, 2019
First of all, her performances are killer, and then there are her incredible dance moves behind the scenes when the cameras aren’t watching.
Swift dominated the show for several years and won the night’s top honor for video of the year in 2008 for “Our Song,” in 2009 for “Love Story” and again in 2011 for “Mine.” But one of our favorite years in Swift’s CMTMA history had to be 2009 when she performed twice when she sang “You Belong With Me” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” with fellow CMT Crossroads collaborators, Def Leppard.
Swift is nominated again for her first CMT belt buckle in five years after sharing 2014 nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban. This time she shares nominations for Duo Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of The Year with Sugarland for “Babe.”
Voting to determine the winners in each category is underway at CMT.com through 11:59 p.m. ET on June 4. The top five Video of the Year finalists will be announced the morning of the show, and fans will be able to vote for their favorites in the category all day and throughout the special at CMT.com and via Twitter.
Here are our favorite moments from Swift’s evolution at the CMT Music Awards.
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2007Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicKevin Mazur/WireImageMichael Loccisano/FilmMagicKevin Mazur/WireImageRick Diamond/WireImageRick Diamond/WireImageRick Diamond/WireImageRick Diamond/WireImageTony R. Phipps/WireImage
2008Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagicRick Diamond/WireImageJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicRick Diamond/WireImageJon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
2009Kevin Mazur/WireImageKevin Mazur/WireImageJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJason Merritt/Getty ImagesJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFrederick Breedon/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicKevin Mazur/WireImageKevin Mazur/WireImageKevin Mazur/WireImageJason Merritt/Getty ImagesJason Merritt/Getty ImagesJason Merritt/Getty ImagesJason Merritt/Getty ImagesTony R. Phipps/WireImageJason Merritt/Getty ImagesJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicFrederick Breedon/FilmMagicFrederick Breedon/FilmMagicKevin Mazur/WireImageJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
2010Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJon Kopaloff/FilmMagicTaylor Hill/FilmMagicJon Kopaloff/FilmMagicJon Kopaloff/FilmMagicRick Diamond/FilmMagicRick Diamond/FilmMagicRick Diamond/FilmMagicFrederick Breedon/WireImage
2013Kevin Mazur/WireImageTaylor Hill/FilmMagicTaylor Hill/FilmMagicTaylor Hill/FilmMagicKevin Mazur/WireImageJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicMichael Loccisano/WireImageJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagicJeff Kravitz/FilmMagic