The CMT Music Awards has added Carrie Underwood, Mickey Guyton, Old Dominion, and the Black Pumas to the lineup of performers and unveiled the top six finalists contending for the Video of Year award.
Guyton and the Black Pumas will team up for a world premiere collaboration, while CMT’s most decorated artist of all-time Carrie Underwood will deliver a special, all-new performance from the Resorts World Theatre, home of her ongoing show “Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency.”
The final six Video of the Year nominees are “If I Didn’t Love You” (Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood); “One Mississippi” (Kane Brown); “Half of My Hometown” (Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney); “Forever After All” (Luke Combs); “Til You Can’t” (Cody Johnson); and “Never Say Never” (Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson).
Over the past three weeks, fans have cast their votes across all categories, including Video of the Year, narrowing down to the top six finalists. On April 11, the six will be narrowed down to the top three, with voting continuing through the live show leading up to the reveal at the end of the night.
Hosted by Ballerini and Anthony Mackie, country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show will broadcast live from Nashville on Monday, April 11 from 7-10 p.m. CT on CBS and Paramount+.
“[‘Ghost Story’ is] a different take on a revenge song, which is something I love to sing about,” Underwood shared in a statement. “Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her.”
For “Ghost Story,” Underwood teamed up with songwriters Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey, as well as David Garcia, who co-produced the track with her. Underwood and Garcia have been locked in as a production duo since co-producing the singer’s 2018 album Cry Pretty, which marked her first endeavor taking the lead as producer on her own music. The pair also worked together on Underwood’s My Savior, an album of gospel hymns shared last year that is up for Best Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.