Cross-country with Def Leppard

Def Leppard found itself in one of the most unlikely settings one could have ever considered for a group that came out of England in the late 1970s with a sound influenced by early '70s glammy rockers such as T. Rex, David Essex and Thin Lizzy.

The band was at the CMT Music Awards June 16, beside country stars Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland. The group was there because of "CMT Crossroads," a show from which their performance with country sensation Taylor Swift of the Def Leppard song "Photograph" was nominated for both CMT Performance of the Year and Wide Open Country Video of the Year.

To say the least, Def Leppard was caught off guard by its nominations, said guitarist Phil Collen. Even though the band lost out on the awards, it felt honored to be nominated.

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