With the 2019 CMT Music Awards quickly approaching, Country Now is taking fans back in time 10 years with a look at the 2009 CMT Music Awards.
The show looked a lot different a decade ago. Hosted by actor/comedian Bill Engvall, the 2009 CMT Music Awards was dominated by then-country sweetheart Taylor Swift. The superstar, who was just 19 at the time, opened the show with a much-buzzed about collaboration with rapper T-Pain. The unlikely pair rapped to a new version of Swift’s mega-hit “Love Story” called “Thug Story.” In addition to starring in the opening scene, Swift also took the stage to perform “You Belong With Me” and joined rockers Def Leppard for an electrifying closing number.
Swift and Brad Paisley were the night’s top winners, taking home two and three wins, respectively. Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band also took home belt buckle trophies throughout the night.
Several artists performed during the live show, including a baby-faced Lady Antebellum, who sang their second single “Lookin’ For A Good Time,” and Toby Keith, who performed “God Love Her.”
Prior to the star-studded telecast, which also featured appearances by Kid Rock, actress Melissa Peterman and gymnast Shawn Johnson, artists strutted their stuff on the red carpet. The stars’ fashion choices reflected trends of the late 2000s, with many artists opting for a more casual look.
Dierks Bentley surprised fans by bringing his adorable dog Jake to the show and even posed for photos with him on the red carpet (Jake later passed away in 2016).
Check out the slideshow above for more memories from the 2009 CMT Music Awards.
Fans can catch the 2019 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Little Big Town, on CMT on Wednesday, June 5 at 8 p.m. EST.