“I’m thrilled and honored to get to host this great event,” Esten, 51, said in a statement. “Everybody knows that CMT has a special connection with country music and the incredible fans that love it so much. That connection is why our show, Nashville, now has a perfect home on the network.”
Adding, “It’s also why there is no other show quite like the CMT Music Awards. It’s a show fully dedicated to the fans and an annual chance for them to place their votes for their favorite artists. Besides always being flat-out fun, it’s also always been a stage for magical musical moments – and a place where some of country’s biggest legends have been made.”
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Stay tuned on Tuesday, May 9 when the nominations will be announced. Fan voting begins the same day at CMT.com and continues until Monday, June 5 at 12:01 AM ET.
The 2017 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CMT on June 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST.