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CMT Music Awards: How to watch, what to expect

Kelsea Ballerini will host the CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Kelsea Ballerini will host the CMT Music Awards with Kane Brown. File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

June 9 (UPI) -- The 2021 CMT Music Awards will take place Wednesday evening.

The annual awards show will air at 8 p.m. EDT on CMT, MTV, MTV 2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.

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Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown will host the show, a fan-voted awards show that recognizes country music videos and television performances.

Ballerini will perform with LANY's Paul Klein, while Brown will take the stage with Chris Young. Other performers include H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Breland and Mickey Guyton, NEEDTOBREATHE and Carrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan.

Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett announced this week that they will no longer perform at the event. Morris said on Instagram Stories that she had a "scheduling conflict," while Barrett cited "personal circumstances."

Morris and Miranda Lambert lead the list of nominees with four nominations each, including Female Video of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year and two nominations each for Video of the Year.

Ballerini, Brown, Little Big Town and Guyton follow with three nominations each.

How to Watch

The show begins Wednesday at 8 p.m. EDT on CMT, MTV, MTV 2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.

Those wishing to stream the show can find CMT and MTV on fuboTV and SlingTV, both of which offer seven-day free trials.

Participants

Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown will host the awards show.

Ballerini and Paul Klein, Brown and Chris Young, H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton, Breland and Mickey Guyton, NEEDTOBREATHE and Carrie Underwood, Ingrid Andress and JP Saxe, Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi, Brothers Osbourne and Dierks Bentley, Mickey Guyton and Gladys Knight, Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram and John Randall, Luke Bryan, and Thomas Rhett will perform.

Nominees

Video of the Year

Carrie Underwood with John Legend, "Hallelujah"

Elle King and Miranda Lambert, "Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)"

Kane Brown, "Worldwide Beautiful"

Keith Urban and Pink, "One Too Many"

Kelsea Ballerini, "Hole in the Bottle"

Kenny Chesney, "Knowing You"

Female Video of the Year

Carly Pearce, "Next Girl"

Gabby Garrett, "The Good Ones"

Kelsea Ballerini, "Hole in the Bottle"

Maren Morris, "To Hell & Back"

Mickey Guyton, "Heaven Down Here"

Miranda Lambert, "Settling Down"

Male Video of the Year

Chris Stapleton, "Starting Over"

Darius Rucker, "Beers and Sunshine"

Kane Brown, "Worship You"

Luke Bryan, "Down to One"

Luke Combs, "Lovin' on You"

Thomas Rhett, "What's Your Country Song"

CMT Performance of the Year

Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs, "1, 2 Many" at 2020 CMT Music Awards

Dan + Shay, "I Should Probably Go to Bed" at 2020 CMT Music Awards

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus, "This is Us" at 2020 CMT Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey, "The Other Girl" at 2020 CMT Music Awards

Little Big Town, "Wine, Beer, Whiskey" at CMT Music Awards

Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price, "Twinkle Twinkle" at CMT Crossroads

See the full list of nominations here.

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