Superstars Combine, Allman Honored, Video of the Year Decided – All on Tonight’s CMT Music Awards

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

Expect a parade of country music superstars performing and presenting. Expect blow-your-mind onstage collaborations between wildly different musical acts. Expect a down-to-the-wire vote on the video of the year. Expect a tribute to the late Gregg Allman. And expect it all to come together under Nashville star Charles Esten at tonight’s CMT Music Awards.

Yup, you can expect all of this:

There’s a lot to process in that quick video, so here’s a bit more of what you need to know about tonight’s show:

You can still vote for video of the year even after the show starts. 

Fans have narrowed the finalists for video of the year from an original 14 to these seven nominees: Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and the CMA-produced 50th anniversary video, Artists of Then, Now & Forever. Vote now.

Also help us select a #SOCIALSUPERSTAR presented by Pepsi

You can honor an act who uses social media to connect with fans by tagging your social posts with #CMTawards and with the artist’s tag, #VoteBrett (Brett Eldredge), #VoteJake (Jake Owen), #VoteKeith (Keith Urban), #VoteKelsea (Kelsea Ballerini), #VoteLauren (Lauren Alaina) or #VoteThomas (Thomas Rhett). You can cast up to 50 votes.

Never-before-seen combinations of superstars will hit center stage

The country music crossover is now a thing, and we will bring you one of the coolest tonight, when The Chainsmokers perform alongside Florida Georgia Line. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will perform a duet. Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan will reunite. Earth, Wind & Fire will appear alongside Lady Antebellum, while Peter Frampton will team up with Brothers Osborne.

There will be plenty of memorable solo performers as well

Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Brett Young, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina, Midland and more will perform.

There’s will be plenty more talent and big names on stage

The presenters lineup is as impressive as the performers: Ashton Kutcher, Clare Bowen, Danny Masterson, Dustin Lynch, Hoda Kotb , Jada Pinkett Smith, Johnny Galecki, Josh Henderson, Katherine Heigl, Kathie Lee Gifford, Kid Rock, Rachel Bilson, RaeLynn and Reba McEntire, Bobby Bones, and CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook.

We’ll take time to honor one of the greats

Allman Brothers Band legend Gregg Allman passed away on May 27. He won Grammys, earned a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and helped cast the die that so much of American music was formed in. CMT will honor him at the show tonight, with a tribute featuring former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks.

“Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band helped create the bedrock foundation of modern southern music,” said CMT President Brian Philips. “Over the weekend of his death, CMT’s most important artists reached out to see how we might honor Gregg at our Awards. This tribute will celebrate Gregg Allman’s soul, charisma and enduring artistry. ‘The Road Goes on Forever’, indeed.”

There will be plenty of awards given out leading up to video of the year

Here is a full list of 2017 CMT Music Awards nominees outside of Video of the Year and the social superstar honor:

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

Blake Shelton – “Came Here To Forget”

Eric Church – “Record Year”

Jason Aldean – “Lights Come On”

Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”

Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”

Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”


FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

Carrie Underwood – “Church Bells”

Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”

Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”

Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes”

Miranda Lambert – “Vice”

Reba McEntire – “Back To God”


DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw – “Lovin’ Lately”

Brothers Osborne – “21 Summer”

Dan + Shay – “How Not To”

Florida Georgia Line – “H.O.L.Y.”

LoCash – “I Know Somebody”


GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

Eli Young Band – “Saltwater Gospel”

Lady Antebellum – “You Look Good”

Little Big Town – “Better Man”

Midland – “Drinkin’ Problem”

Old Dominion – “Song For Another Time”


BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

Brett Young – “In Case You Didn’t Know”

Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”

Kane Brown – “Used To Love You Sober”

Lauren Alaina – “Road Less Traveled”

Luke Combs – “Hurricane”

RaeLynn – “Love Triangle”


COLLABORATION VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”

Chris Young feat. Vince Gill – “Sober Saturday Night”

Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King –  “Different For Girls”

Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw – “May We All”

Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood – “The Fighter”

Kenny Chesney with P!nk – “Setting The World On Fire”


CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

Jason Aldean – “Hicktown” (From CMT Concert of the Summer)

Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan – “Want To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)

John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker – “Pink Houses” (From CMT Crossroads)

Alicia Keys and Maren Morris – “80s Mercedes” (From CMT Crossroads)

Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini – “You’re Still The One/Any Man of Mine/Man I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)

Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett and Danielle Bradbery – “Close” (From CMT Crossroads)

Watch CMT’s Cody Alan and Katie Cook on the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special live on Facebook beginning at 7 p.m. ET.  You can submit question for artists using the hashtag #CMTawards on CMT’s Facebook page.




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