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.