The biggest winner at this year’s CMT Music Awards was CHARITY. CMT ONE COUNTRY, CMT’s pro-social initiative announced that they would be gifting $5000 to the charity of choice to each of the winners in each of the thirteen categories being presented at the CMT Music Awards.
BON JOVI and LEANN RIMES were nominated in the COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR category for the song TILL WE AIN’T STRANGERS ANYMORE. The steamy video was directed by Phil Griffon and filmed in New York City’s Flatiron district. The clip featured Jon Bon Jovi and Ms. Rimes singing from a glass bed in the middle of an empty nighttime 23rd Street.
BON JOVI and LEANN RIMES won the award for COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR and Ms. Rimes accepted the CMT Belt Buckle on behalf of herself and BON JOVI (the band was on their Lost Highway tour and were performing in Dallas, Texas that night.)
The $5000 charitable stipend donated by CMT ONE COUNTRY was split equally between the charity designated by Ms. Rimes (Nashville Humane Association) and the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation, the charity of choice for Jon Bon Jovi and Bon Jovi.
CMT ONE COUNTRY was launched in the Fall of 2005 to promote civic participation and inspire CMT viewers to take action and bring about positive change in their communities. Advisory board members include President Jimmy Carter, Maya Angelou and General Colin Powell – their combined service to the country and leadership in philanthropic and community efforts inspires and helps CMT ONE COUNTRY allow anyone interested in making a difference to obtain the tools to do so. For more information, please visit www.CMTONECOUNTRY.COM
Congratulations to the members of Bon Jovi and to LeAnn Rimes on their CMT Music Awards win and many thanks to CMT and the CMT ONE COUNTRY initiative for the donation made to the Philadelphia Soul Charitable Foundation in honor of Bon Jovi’s win.