The 2021 CMT Music Awards are hours away, with the annual show set to air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. ET. Country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show, this year’s event will run for two and a half hours and feature a number of performances, including highly-anticipated collaborations, in and around Nashville. The 2021 CMT Awards will air on several networks: CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

After last year’s ceremony was postponed to October from its usual date in June due to the pandemic, the 2021 ceremony has returned to its traditional month. Keep reading for everything you need to know about this year’s show.

Who’s hosting the 2021 CMT Music Awards?

The show will be hosted by Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini. Brown co-hosted last year alongside Sarah Hyland and this will be Ballerini’s first time hosting the CMT Music Awards. “I loved getting a chance to host the CMT Music Awards last year and I’m excited to be back this year with Kelsea,” Brown said in a statement. “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.”

Ballerini added, “I’m so excited to be hosting the 2021 CMT Music Awards with Kane! 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 will make this night even more special.”


Who’s nominated at the 2021 CMT Music Awards?

Nominees for this year’s awards were announced in May, with Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris leading with four nods each. Show co-hosts Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and first-time nominee Mickey Guyton each have three. The CMT Music Awards are entirely fan-voted, and voting is now closed in every category save for Video of the Year, which fans can vote for on Twitter.


2021 CMT Music Awards Performances:

The star-studded list of performers includes:

  • BRELAND Mickey Guyton
  • Brothers Osborne Dierks Bentley
  • Carrie Underwood NEEDTOBREATHE
  • Chris Young Kane Brown
  • Chris Stapleton H.E.R.
  • Ingrid Andress J.P. Saxe
  • Kelsea Ballerini Paul Klein from LANY,
  • Lady A Carly Pearce Lindsay Ell
  • Lauren Alaina Jon Pardi,
  • Luke Bryan
  • Luke Combs
  • Mickey Guyton Gladys Knight
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Jack Ingram Jon Randall
  • Thomas Rhett

Blanco Brown, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Tenille Arts will perform live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.


Who’s presenting?

Presenters include Anthony Mackie, Brett Young, Busy Philipps, Carly Pearce, Dylan Scott, Gladys Knight, Iliza Shlesinger, Little Big Town, Michael Strahan, Mickey Guyton, Restless Road, Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan, Trace Adkins and CMT Hot 20 Countdown hosts Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi. 



How can you watch the 2021 CMT Music Awards?

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. ET on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.