Earlier today, country singer-songwriter Carly Pearce announced the nominees for the 56th annual CMT Music Awards – the only awards ceremony in country music in which fans pick the winners. Leading this year’s nominations is Kane Brown (up for four awards), followed by Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini, Cody Johnson, and BRELAND, who each have three nods each. Ballerini will also serve as the evening’s host, alongside and actor Anthony Mackie. The award ceremony will take place on April 11th at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.
Carrie Underwood, who has received more CMT Awards than any other artist (23 in total) is included in two categories this year, both for her hit duet with Jason Aldean, “If I Didn’t Love You.” The pair recently performed the song at the ACM Awards, and shared the award for Single of the Year.
CMT’s coveted Video of the Year award has a whopping 12 nominees, including Underwood and Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Mickey Guyton, and Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton. The award show will also be introducing ten first-time nominees, including Ballerini, Guyton, BRELAND, and Johnson.
This year’s ceremony will also include the newly created CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year award, which recognizes artists that have created content for CMT’s digital/social networks, including Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, and Josh Turner. In addition to the new category, musicians outside of the country genre, including H.E.R., Nelly, LANY’s Paul Klein and Gladys Knight, are all nominated for their collaborations with country artists.
“Expect the most unforgettable CMT Music Awards yet, jam-packed with the most star-power, world premiere performances and one-of-a-kind collaborations from in and around Music City,” said executive producers Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin and Leslie Fram in a statement.
Fans can vote for their favorite songs, videos, and artists at vote.cmt.com.
The CMT Music Awards air on April 11 at 8 P.M. EST on CBS or on demand at Paramount+. Visit the official website for a full list of nominees.