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Taylor Swift Triumphs and Shania Twain Trips at CMT Awards

Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and the Band Perry also win

June 9, 2011 10:20 AM ET
Kid Rock and Wynonna Judd perform at the 2011 CMT Awards, June 8, 2011.
Kid Rock and Wynonna Judd perform at the 2011 CMT Awards, June 8, 2011.
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Taylor Swift's "Mine" won the award for Video of the Year at last night's CMT Music Awards, capping off an event in which honors were spread evenly among the biggest names in country music. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert won for best male and female videos respectively, Lady Antebellum won for best group video and the Band Perry took home the award for Breakthrough Video of the Year for "If I Die Young." Other winners included Sugarland, Jimmy Buffet and the Zac Brown Band, video director Trey Fanjoy and the combo of Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts, who shared the award for collaborative video.

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The show, which was hosted by Kid Rock, featured performances Lady Antebellum, the Band Perry and a team-up of Jason Aldean and rapper Ludacris, but the most memorable moments of the show were actually accidents. While getting up to dance during her performance with Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow's skirt raised high enough to flash her panties for a moment. "People all over America are tweeting that I was wearing a really short skirt when I sang with Kid Rock and that when I got up off the stool, I showed my underwear," an embarrassed Crow said later in the show, while presenting an award with Sara Evans.

Shania Twain, who has just signed a deal for a two-year concert residency in Las Vegas, tripped and fell while presenting the Male Video of the Year award to Blake Shelton. Luckily, Twain was not injured in the fall and took the embarrassing incident in stride. "I'm here to tell you that I now realize I don't need a stunt double to wipe out on my way to the CMT Awards stage," she joked in a video posted to her YouTube page after the show.

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