BY LISA WARREN
The Band Perry is among the top nominees for the 2011 Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards.
The nominees were announced Wednesday morning by the popular country music-oriented cable television network during NBC's "Today" show broadcast from New York City.
The Band Perry, which consists of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry, all of Greeneville, received three CMT Music Award nominations for the video awards show:
* Video of the Year;
* Group Video of the Year, and
* Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Nominations were revealed in a segment featuring CMT host Evan Farmer and "Today" co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb.
The Band Perry was interviewed briefly on the show and also performed.
"You guys are just such the hot ticket this year! You're the best new everything - and you're all related!" Kotb told the Perrys as they came onto the set.
Gifford jokingly then said that the sibling trio look like The Partridge Family. The Perrys laughed and thanked her.
"Did you expect all of this attention off this particular song?" Kotb asked them, referring to their No. 1 hit single, "If I Die Young."
"Absolutely not," answered Kimberly Perry, who wrote the song.
"I think we felt like we had a strong song in our pocket, and we were always willing to walk as far as 'If I Die Young' would carry us. But we could have never imagined the last year that we've had."
In introducing the band prior to their performance, Kotb said, "At the ages of just 27, 22 and 20, The Band Perry has had an extraordinary year.
"The group's self-titled debut album was certified gold, and the trio has been showered with award nominations, including the three this morning from the CMT Music Awards."
Kotb also noted that their parents, Steve and Marie Perry, were present in the "Today" show's audience.
Although the Perry family now lives in Greeneville, they lived in Mobile, Ala., until 2002.
That area of the "hot, sweaty South," Kimberly Perry noted, is "the crossroads of rock 'n roll, country and blues."
Country music solo artist Jason Aldean was the leading nominee for the video music awards, with a total of four nominations.
In addition to The Band Perry, other artists who received three CMT Music Award nominations were: Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band.
Online fan voting in all 10 categories is now open at CMT.com through June 7. The awards show will take place in Nashville on June 8.
The 10 nominees for video of the year are Aldean's "My Kinda Party," The Band Perry's "If I Die Young,"Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall," Lady Antebellum's "Hello World," Lambert's "The House That Built Me," Rascal Flatts' "Why Wait," Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue," Swift's "Mine," Carrie Underwood's "Undo It" and Zac Brown Band's "Colder Weather."
However, the list will be reduced to five nominees during the live telecast, with final voting at CMT.com and via text messaging during the show.
The award will be presented at the conclusion of the show to the artist and director.