Toby Keith's three wins topped the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held last night at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry Amer
Toby Keith's three wins topped the CMT Flameworthy 2003 Video Music Awards, held last night at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville. His "Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue (The Angry American)" won honors for video of the year, male video, and cocky video. "I dedicate this great award to [U.S. Defense Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld and [U.S. war commander Gen.] Tommy Franks, and all the people over there putting it down for us tonight," Keith said, referring to the U.S. led-war in Iraq.
Music fans cast more than 3 million votes via the Internet to choose award winners for the show, which was broadcast live on CMT and co-hosted by Keith and actress Pamela Anderson. Voting in the video of the year category remained open through most of the show.
The videos for Tim McGraw's "She's My Kind of Rain" and Martina McBride's "Concrete Angel" grabbed two awards apiece. Rascal Flatts won the group/duo video of the year award for "These Days," and Joe Nichols' "Brokenheartsville" won breakthrough video.
The broadcast also included a Vince Gill-led tribute to Johnny Cash, who was honored for the video that accompanies his cover of "Hurt," originally recorded by Nine Inch Nails. "I can't begin to tell you how cool it is for this whole new young generation to be going, 'Who is this guy?,'" Gill said. Cash did not attend the affair, as he was released from a Tennessee hospital only last week after a bout with pneumonia; his wife, June Carter Cash, was on hand to acknowledge the honor.
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