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Scotty on the Nashville awards circuit

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Just two weeks after he won the "American Idol" title, Scotty McCreery took the stage of the live CMT Music Awards tonight. The awards, from Nashville, Tenn., honor the year's top videos on Country Music Television.

Joined by his "Idol" runner-up and friend Lauren Alaina, Scotty talked about the tornadoes that devasted parts of his native North Carolina this spring, as well as parts of Lauren's home state, Georgia, and Missouri and Alabama. The two then introduced the band Sugarland, which sang a special version of its song "Stand Up."

The song can be purchased on iTunes, with proceeds going to the American Red Cross to support tornado victims.

Though Scotty and Lauren didn't perform on the CMT awards, they will be singing in Nashville on Friday during a show at the fabled Grand Ole Opry. It's all part of CMT Music Fest in Nashville this week.

Scotty, the Garner High School student, wasn't the only recent reality show winner to take the CMT stage tonight. Hines Ward, the Pittsburgh Steeler who just won "Dancing With the Stars," also was a presenter. And John Rich, the country singer who won "The Celebrity Apprentice" last month, gave an award and sang.

After Nashville, Scotty heads to Los Angeles, where he'll begin rehearsals for the "American Idols Live!" tour. He also will be a guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on June 15.

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Scotty in Nashville

I for one am very happy for Scotty and his success so far!  It's disheartening to read 2 negative comments here from readers.  Sad!  Really.  If you're sick of him don't read the articles. 

As for the comment "so much so soon" or whatever  Carrie Underwood sang at the Opry exactly 6 years to the day Scotty and Lauren will be performing.

Maybe, just maybe the "powers that be"  in Nashville actually know what they're doing?

(stranger things have happened)

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thadmug Thad Ogburn is The N&O's Metro Editor, overseeing most local news reporting. His previous jobs have included editor of North Raleigh News and Features Editor, during which he learned that comics attract more reader response than just about anything else we do. His guilty pleasure is reality TV, which he finds not very real at all. That's assuming, of course, there is room on his DVR amid all the episodes of "Say Yes to the Dress" that his wife and daughter record.
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