Video -- And
Local Red Cross
BY LISA WARREN
Greeneville's The Band Perry took home two big honors at the CMT Music Awards Wednesday night in Nashville.
The first award was for best video from an artist's breakthrough album and the second was for best new live country act.
The Perrys also performed their current single, "You Lie" on the live awards show, which was hosted by Kid Rock and broadcast live on both the CMT cable channel and CMT.com.
The show honored the best country music videos of the year and featured some of nation's biggest names performing live. (Please see related article on Page A-7.)
For each award won, CMT will donate money to the winner's favorite charitable organization.
The Band Perry had previously announced in the aftermath of the tornadoes that struck Greene County that they would designate the Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross as their charity of choice for any monies received from the awards show.
The Band Perry's video for their smash hit, No. 1 single, "If I Die Young," was awarded the USA Weekend's "Breakthrough Video of the Year Award," which honors the best video from an artist's major breakthrough album. It is given to either a male, female, group or duo.
In this category, The Band Perry went up against Lee Brice for "Love Like Crazy," Aaron Lewis for "Country Boy," Jerrod Niemann" for "Lover, Lover" and Thomson Square for "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not?"
'FACE WITH THE SONG'
In accepting the award, Reid Perry, who stepped up to the microphone first, thanked CMT for "putting a face with the song. We really appreciate them."
He also went on to thank the video's director, David McClister, "for bringing this video to life."
His brother, Neil Perry, said excitedly, "Where would we be without all of you fans! Thank you for this award and for wrapping your arms around us! We love you! You have made our lives extraordinary."
Their sister, Kimberly Perry, took time during their brief acceptance speech to thank all those who have helped to make their rise to fame possible.
"It takes a village to raise an artist," she said as she thanked members of their management team. She also addressed the fans and audience by adding, "Thank you! We love you!"
The Band Perry's second award from the CMT Music Awards, the Nationwide "On Your Side" Award, was presented prior to the show and announced during a break in a taped presentation by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhart Jr.
This award recognizes The Band Perry as country music's best new live act.
They were competing in this category against Josh Thompson, Colt Ford, Eric Church and Luke Bryan.
In a taped acceptance for the award, Kimberly Perry, who was shown with her brothers, said, "We want to thank all of the fans for voting for this award. Thanks also to Nationwide Insurance and CMT. What a great night! We'll see you out on the road!"
In addition to the two categories in which The Band Perry won awards, the band was also nominated in the "Group Video of the Year" category, an award that was won by Lady Antebellum for their hit, "Hello World."
Beginning April 27 and ending June 7, fans were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite country music videos at CMT.com. The fans' voting ultimately determined the winners.
Videos that debuted on CMT between March 2, 2010, and March 28, 2011, were eligible for the 2011 CMT Music Awards.
The award category nominees were determined by a blue-ribbon panel that included noted country music journalists, as well as music industry and CMT executives.
TOURED TORNADO AREA
On May 9, The Band Perry, along with their father, Dr. Steve Perry, a Greeneville pediatrician, toured the Camp Creek community that was devastated on April 27-28by by an EF-3 tornado.
The Perry siblings traveled with American Red Cross volunteers, helping to deliver noon-time meals.
Following their deliveries, the band members also spoke briefly at Free Will Baptist Home for Children, praising and encouraging volunteers and tornado survivors.
EARLIER LOCAL DONATIONS
In mid-April, the Perrys had announced that 10,000 pounds of Purina Dog Chow had been delivered on their behalf to the Greeneville-Greene County Humane Society's Animal Shelter.
The donation was made by Purina as part of the pet food company's "Dare-Us-Back" campaign, in which The Band Perry was involved.
Purina encouraged pet-owners to "dare them back" by coming up with creative ways that the company could help aid animals in their communities.
The Perry siblings and their parents, Steve and Marie Perry, who reside in southern Greene County, are the owners of four dogs.
ON WEST COAST TOUR
The band is currently on tour on the West Coast with country music superstar Tim McGraw. They are scheduled to tour later this year with Keith Urban.
On Saturday, July 2, The Band Perry is scheduled to return home to East Tennessee for a performance in Rogersville as part of that town's annual Independence Day celebration.