Graduating from high school? Winning a CMT Award? It's all in a day's work for 2011 American Idol Scotty McCreery, who celebrated both of these things within a single 24-hour period.[Credit: Robert Willett, The News & Observer]
On Wednesday night, McCreery hopped onto the stage of Nashville's Bridgestone Arena to accept a CMT Music Award--his first--for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year. On Thursday, he returned to his home state of North Carolina to walk across the Raleigh Convention Center stage and accept a diploma from Garner High School.
McCreery celebrated graduation along with 462 of his classmates, and was dressed traditionally for the occasion in a cap and gown.
"I've enjoyed these last 4 years. Wouldn't trade any of them for the world," he tweeted on the morning of his big day.
According to Raleigh's NBC-17, the valedictorian of McCreery's class gave a commencement speech that was made up of music lyrics--including some from McCreery's hit "Water Tower Town."
In respect to the other graduates, McCreery refrained from giving any media interviews post-ceremony. Like many other teenagers across the country, he'll be heading off to college in the fall--specifically, North Carolina State University, which is his dad's alma mater.
The video that won McCreery his first CMT Award, "The Trouble With Girls," was filmed in Garner, N.C. "This award is so special to me, 'cause I got to film this at my home high school," McCreery noted in his acceptance speech. "I thank everybody who came out to support that."