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Top 5 Country Videos That Crossed Over to MTV

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Happy birthday to MTV! The music video channel signed on 30 years ago today, and to celebrate, Taste of Country has come up with a list of the five country videos that have been the most successful in getting recognition on the pop-friendly channel. Some of these videos bring back memorable VMA moments, while others were just too irresistible to be held in at CMT. Look back on some MTV memories with our list of the Top 5 Country Videos That Crossed Over to MTV.


Kid Rock, ‘All Summer Long’

MTV Memory: Performance With Lil Wayne at the 2008 VMAs



Dressed in a velour track suit, Kid Rock was joined by Lil Wayne for a live version of his mega-crossover hit. It was a great moment, although perhaps not quite as sensational as his fight with Tommy Lee one year earlier. Though footage of this performance isn't currently available, his official 'All Summer Long' video is still memorable.



Carrie Underwood, ‘Before He Cheats’

MTV Memory: ‘TRL’ Video Premiere in 2007



Aside from being the most successful 'American Idol' winner ever, Carrie Underwood will probably best be known for this song. MTV didn't show her much love — she neither won an award from the network nor was asked to perform. But it was the second video to ever debut on the network's popular 'Total Request Live' ('TRL'), doing so in April 2007.



Shania Twain, ‘You’re Still the One’

MTV Memory: Best Female Video Nomination at the 1998 VMAs



Shania Twain wasn't the first country star to cross over to pop radio, but she was amongst the first to find success on the video music channels. This is Twain's third single from the 'Come On Over' album, and she found herself nominated for a VMA in 1998.



Johnny Cash, ‘Hurt’

MTV Memory: Video of the Year and Best Male Video Nominations at the 2003 VMAs



One wonders how Johnny Cash would have reacted to being nominated for two awards at the MTV Video Music Awards. This remake of a Nine Inch Nails song was celebrated mostly after the singer's death in 2002.



Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’

MTV Memory: Best Female Video Winner at the 2009 VMAs



Taylor Swift is the first country artist to actually win an award at the VMAs, but that was largely overshadowed by Kanye West ambushing the stage to steal the microphone and gush about Beyonce's video for 'Single Ladies.' He's still apologizing.


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