April 21, 2004

Parton Jokes About ‘Wardrobe Malfunctions’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - If anyone was hoping for a wardrobe malfunction Wednesday during the Country Music Television Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, Dolly Parton aimed to disappoint.

"There's not going to be no wardrobe malfunction this evening," she said, referring to Janet Jackson's infamous breast-baring during the Super Bowl halftime show. "There's not supposed to be, it's not planned.

"But as tight as my clothes are there's no telling what will happen. If it does happen, I'm going to wipe out the first three rows," she said.

Parton hosted the live fan-voted annual awards show, which included performances by Toby Keith, Alison Krauss and many others.

Kenny Chesney captured the hottest video award for "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems."

"I want to thank a bunch of people in the British Virgin Islands for letting us invade for a week," Chesney said.

Dierks Bentley won breakthrough video of the year for "What Was I Thinkin'," while Brad Paisley's "Celebrity" received the cameo award for appearances by Jason Alexander, Jim Belushi, Little Jimmy Dickens, Trista Rehn and William Shatner.

"I'm surprised. I was beginning to wonder if there was an age limit for nominations and stuff," cracked Dickens, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star.

The video for Rascal Flatts' song "I Melt" got more nominations than any other. Shot in Miami's South Beach, it caused a stir because it shows guitarist Joe Don Rooney's backside, and revealing shower and bedrooms shots of a female model.

"I Melt" was up for video of the year, hottest video, group/duo video and cameo of the year. The cameo? Rooney's rear end.

The closest contender for most nominations was the video for Toby Keith and Willie Nelson's duet "Beer for My Horses."

The video, which unfolds like a TV crime drama, was nominated for video of the year, collaborative video and best director.

Keith's other nominations were for "American Soldier," which received nods in the male video and video of the year categories.

Other favorite nominees were Chesney and Alan Jackson.

Chesney's "There Goes My Life" was up for male video and video of the year. Jackson's duet with Jimmy Buffett, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere," was nominated for collaborative video and video of the year. Jackson also was nominated for male video for his poignant "Remember When."

Shania Twain's "Forever and For Always" was up for female video and video of the year. Keith Urban's "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me" was nominated for hottest video and his "You'll Think of Me" for video of the year.

Reba McEntire was slated to receive Country Music Television's Johnny Cash Visionary Award. The award was renamed this year in honor of Cash, who died Sept. 12.

"I'm very honored," McEntire told The Associated Press recently. "To be put in that category is a huge honor."

The award recognizes an artist's musical vision, innovative videos and pioneering initiatives. The Dixie Chicks won it in 2002, the first year it was given, and Cash received it last year.

Last year's award show drew one of the largest audiences in CMT's history with more than 8.3 million viewers.


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