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2021 CMT Music Awards Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

everything you need to know about the 2021 CMT Music Awards!

When are they? Wednesday, June 9 at 8p/7c.

Where do I watch? You have lots of options: CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land, or you can listen to the live radio broadcast on over 120 iHeartCountry music radio stations.

Who’s hosting, who’s performing, who’s presenting, who’s nominated, and who’s getting special awards? Well, you’ll have to keep scrolling for that!

The CMT Music Awards are country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show. Each winner is selected by the fans, and voting is open now at Performances will take place across Tennessee.

Who are the hosts?

Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown have been tapped to host this year’s CMT Music Awards. This will be Kelsea’s first time hosting, but Kane returns to host the show for his second consecutive year.

Kelsea Ballerini emphasizes how badly we need a show like this right now: “Following a year plus where we have not been able to be with the fans and share music together, will make this night even more special.” Kane Brown adds why the CMT Awards are so special to him: “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.”

Who are the performers?

  • Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley: “Lighten Up” (from the Bonnaroo Farm)
  • Chris Stapleton: “Arkansas” (from the Bonnaroo Farm)
  • Luke Combs: “Cold As You” (from downtown Nashville)
  • Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight: “Friendship Train” (from Bridgestone Arena)
  • Miranda Lambert + Jack Ingram + Jon Randall: The Marfa Tapes medley (from the Campfire Sessions)
  • BRELAND + Mickey Guyton: “Cross Country” (from Bridgestone Arena)
  • Chris Young + Kane Brown: “Famous Friends” (from Bridgestone Arena)
  • Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY: “I Quit Drinking” (from Bridgestone Arena) [World Premiere Performance]
  • Lady A + Carly Pearce + Lindsay Ell: “Like A Lady” (from Bridgestone Arena) [World Premiere Collaboration]
  • Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi: “Getting Over Him” (from a farm in Tennessee)
  • NEEDTOBREATHE + Carrie Underwood: “I Wanna Remember” (from the Bonnaroo Farm)
  • Luke Bryan: “Down To One” (from Downtown Nashville)
  • Thomas Rhett: “Country Again” (from Bridgestone Arena)
  • Blanco Brown: “Nobody’s More Country” (Ram Trucks Side Stage) [World Premiere Performance]
  • Dylan Scott: “Nobody” (Ram Trucks Side Stage)
  • Hailey Whitters: “Fillin’ My Cup” (Ram Trucks Side Stage)
  • Lainey Wilson: “Things A Man Oughta Know” (Ram Trucks Side Stage)
  • Niko Moon: “Good Time” (Ram Trucks Side Stage)
  • Tenille Arts: “Somebody Like That” (Ram Trucks Side Stage)
  • H.E.R. + Chris Stapleton: “Hold On” [World Premiere Collaboration]
  • Ingrid Andress: “Lady Like” (from downtown Nashville)
  • JP Saxe + Ingrid Andress: “Like That” (from downtown Nashville) [World Premiere Collaboration]

Who are the presenters?

  • Anthony Mackie
  • Brett Young
  • Busy Philipps
  • Carly Pearce
  • Dylan Scott
  • Gladys Knight
  • Iliza Shlesinger
  • Little Big Town
  • Michael Strahan
  • Mickey Guyton
  • Restless Road
  • Taylor Lewan
  • Trace Adkins
  • Cody Alan
  • Katie Cook
  • Ashley ShahAhmadi

Who is nominated?

Nominations were unveiled on May 13, and Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert tied for the most nominated artists with 4 noms each. Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Mickey Guyton weren’t far behind, though, each earning 3 nominations of their own. Read the full list of nominees at

There were an impressive 13 artists who earned their very first nominations at the CMT Music Awards ever this year: Mickey Guyton, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Niko Moon, Noah Cyrus, Parmalee, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones.

Known for embracing collaborations that stretch well beyond the country genre, Elle King, Halsey, John Legend, Nathaniel Rateliff, Noah Cyrus and P!nk all received nominations this year.

Watch the 2021 CMT Music Awards hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 9 at 8/7c on CMT!


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