CMT Awards 2021: Air date, how to live stream, hosts and all you need to know about fan-voted show
The 2021 CMT Music Awards, the only fan-voted country music awards, will air live in June with Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown slated to host. Ballerini will be presenting the CMT Music Awards for the first time while Brown will be hosting for the second year in a row.
Brown had a good year in 2020 when he won Favorite Male Country Artist thrice in a row. Ballerini joined the judges' panel of 'The Voice' this year. “Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,” said CMT producers. “This dynamic duo reflects the show’s revitalized energy as live music returns to center stage in a night filled with incredible outdoor performances, cross-genre collaborations and a few surprises!”
Last year's awards were presented by Brown, Ashley McBryde and actress Sarah Hyland. The award presentation will honor music's biggest names, with two-and-a-half hours of uninterrupted performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations taking place in and around Music City. Here's what you need to know.
The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air live on Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT.
The event, like every year, will be broadcasted live from Nashville, Tennessee, also known as 'Music CIty'. The performances have been pre-taped from locations in and around Nashville like the downtown Bicentennial Park and Ruskin Cave in Dickson, Tennessee.
How to live stream
The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air on CMT and be simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land. If you are not based in the United States, using a VPN will help you watch the ceremony on these streaming platforms:
Fubo TV: Get a seven-day free trial and it costs $44.99 a month.
Hulu+ Live TV: Get a seven-day free trial and a monthly plan costs $54.99.
Philo TV: You can get a seven-day free trial and a monthly plan costs $20.
YouTube TV: You can avail a five-day free trial and a monthly plan will cost you $49.99.
The two-and-a-half-hour show will be hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini.
“I’m so excited to be hosting the 2021 CMT Music Awards with Kane,” Ballerini said, according to Parade. “The CMT Awards are so special because they are truly fan-voted. Following a year plus where we have not been able to be with the fans and share music together, makes this night even more special”.
Brown added: “I loved getting a chance to host the CMT Music Awards last year and I’m excited to be back this year with Kelsea. The CMT Music Awards are special to me–it’s the first industry award I won and getting on that stage was an amazing feeling. I love that the fans get to have their voices heard as we celebrate the best in country music.”
Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert are this year's top nominees. Other nominations include Chris Young, Brown, Keith Urban, P!nk, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Halsey, Nathaniel Rateliff, Noah Cyrus, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Parmalee, Ryan Hurd, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Parmalee and Blanco Brown.
Other nominees include Margo Price, Niko Moon, Runway June, Lady A, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones.
BRELAND + Mickey Guyton, Chris Young + Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY, Lady A + Carly Pearce + Gabby Barrett, Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi, Luke Bryan, NEEDTOBREATHE + Carrie Underwood, and Thomas Rhett will join the roster of previously announced performers Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Maren Morris and JP Saxe, Mickey Guyton and Gladys Knight, and Miranda, Lambert Jack Ingram and Jon Randall.