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Video: All-American Rejects Mash Up 'Gives You Hell' With Taylor Swift's 'Mean'

December 14, 2011 (6:38 am) GMT
The mash-up song performed by Tyson Ritter and his bandmates gets praised by Swift who calls it 'fantastic' when accepting CMT Artist of the Year.

Footage from CMT Artist of the Year gala dinner, which was hosted by , has been released. One of them features doing a special performance to salute one of the evening's honorees . The band played a mash-up of their alternative rock song "Gives You Hell" and her anti-bullying country/pop track "Mean".

Before the event kicked off, frontman Tyson Ritter told reporters, "We definitely sort of took a country song and made it not anything like what it was." He added, "It's going to be a tribute to the fact that any song can stand in any genre, and we definitely brought it into ours. We're like the Osmonds, except we're the side that's a little more rock and roll."

Echoing the band's excitement, Swift gushed, "I know that The All-American Rejects are doing one of my songs, doing sort of like a different version of it, so I'm really excited to see what they do. I'm a big fan of that band." The 22-year-old singer/songwriter is indeed a fan of the boys since she once covered their song "Swing Swing" at one of her tour stops earlier this year.

When later accepting Artist of the Year honor on the stage, Swift praised Ritter and his bandmates. "I love what the All-American Rejects did with 'Mean.' That's fantastic!" exclaimed the two-time CMT Artist of the Year recipient. Having received countless coveted prizes, she additionally stated, "This year especially has been crazy...Award season has been so amazing."

The other performers were who played "Tattoos on This Town", who catered the audience with "Dancin' Away With My Heart", who paid tribute to with "Somewhere With You", who sang "Laundry Room", and who performed "Life's Been Good/Camouflage" medley with Joe Walsh and .

The All-American Rejects:

Gavin DeGraw:

Lady Antebellum:

Jason Aldean:


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