Everything You Need to Know About the 2018 CMT Awards: From Nominees to Performers!
We’re just a few hours away from one of country music’s biggest nights of the year: the CMT Music Awards!
The annual fan-voted awards show will air live on CMT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET. With performances from country superstars like Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean, and more nominations than ever from stars outside of country music, the show will have fans of all genres singing along and rooting for their favorite stars.
Want to be the most knowledgeable one at your viewing party? Here’s everything you need to know.
Little Big Town is not only emceeing the event—they’re also scheduled to perform and are nominated for three awards. Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook earned two nominations for performance of the year and one for group video of the year for their hit song “When Someone Stops Loving You.”
Wednesday night marks the first time the quartet will take the stage as hosts for a major awards show. In a recent interview with CMT.com, the band joked about how many “jeans and t-shirt” outfit changes they have planned, and shared that they probably won’t be roasting any of their fellow country stars in fear of retaliation in the future.
“I think if we roast with four people it might be overwhelming,” Sweet said. “When you prank four-times over, you’re bound to get pranked back.”
Who Are the Nominees?
However, many of the nominations don’t solely belong to country artists. The show’s biggest award, video of the year, features nominees from other music genres for the first time in history.
Justin Timberlake and Bebe Rexha gained their first ever CMT nominations with two each. Timberlake, who partnered with Stapleton on their hit song “Say Something” are nominated for video of the year and collaborative video of the year. Rexha earned the same two nominations for her partnership with duo Florida Georgia Line on their song “Meant to Be.”
Ludacris was also nominated for three CMT awards for his collaboration with Underwood to produce the song “The Fighter,” and the Backstreet Boys picked up a nod for performance of the year when they took the stage with Florida Georgia Line to sing “Everybody” at CMT Crossroads.
Voting for the winners closed on Monday. On Wednesday morning, Shelton and Today show host Hoda Kotb announced the five finalists for video of the year from Shelton’s newly opened restaurant and bar Ole Red in Nashville. Fans can continue to cast their votes for video of the year throughout the day on Twitter.
There will be plenty of times country fans can sing along throughout the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast. “Cry Pretty” singer Carrie Underwood is scheduled to perform, along with superstars Jason Aldean, Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt. Luke Bryan is scheduled to take the stage with Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean and Charles Kelley, and Dierks Bentley is expected to perform alongside Brothers Osborne. Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt and Chris Stapleton are also scheduled to take the stage.
Be sure to check out PEOPLE’s full CMT Awards coverage to get the latest news on country’s big night.
The star-studded show won’t only feature musical performances and award winners, but their lineup of presenters includes country fans from all walks of life. A slew of musicians are expected to present awards including the Backstreet Boys, Brett Young, Carly Pearce, Lauren Alaina, Leon Bridges, Luke Combs, RaeLynn, Rascal Flatts and Sugarland. Today show host Hoda Kotb, This is Us‘ Chrissy Metz, Nashville‘s Lennon and Maisy Stella are also expected to make an appearance alongside Bobby Bones, Johnny Knoxville and Nashville Predators’ P.K. Subban.
How Do You Watch?
A preshow will air from 7-8 p.m. on CMT’s Facebook page, and the actual show will be broadcast live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET. Those searching for online streaming can sign in with a cable provider on CMT.com, or purchase a 24-hour day pass to watch the show live. Fans can also access the live stream through CMT’s app.
The 2018 CMT Music Awards are broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.