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Nominations Announced And Voting Begins Today For 2017 CMT Music Awards

Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and More Compete For Highest Honors

LIVE From Nashville on Wednesday, June 7 at 8PM ET/PT

Voting Begins Today at CMT.com

Breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will face off against country music heavyweight Keith Urbanat the fan-voted “2017 CMT Music Awards,” hosted by Nashville’s Charles Esten, premiering LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7th at 8pm ET/PT. The country stars, who top this year’s nominations with four each, will go head-to-head in categories including “Video of the Year,” “Male Video of the Year” and “Female Video of the Year,” as well as “Social Superstar of the Year,” celebrating this year’s most creative, social media-savvy icon. Carrie Underwood, who holds the title of most “CMT Music Awards” wins, nabs three nominations this year, along with Florida Georgia Line,Lauren Alaina and Luke Bryan.

The competition for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” features fourteen powerhouse players. Six-time winnerCarrie Underwood faces off with returning nominees Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley (with first-time nominee Elle King), Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett and first-timers CMA 50th anniversary collaboratorsArtists of Then, Now & Forever, Brett Eldredge,Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi and Kelsea Ballerini. The top seven “Video of the Year” nominees will be announced live on air at the beginning of the show, and fans will be able to vote live for the winner.

“CMT Performance of the Year” brings together artists from diverse musical backgrounds, spotlighting the growing presence of country music crossovers. The eclectic roster includes collaborations with pop-superstars Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, Nick Jonas, P!nk, R&B/soul legends Alicia Keys and Jill Scott, and seasoned rockstar John Mellencamp.

Artists with first-time “CMT Music Awards” nominations this year include Brett Young, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Midland.

Fan voting begins today at CMT.com and continues until 12:01am ET on Monday, June 5th. Superstar show performances revealed last week include Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.  Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Known for its ability to break new artists and unparalleled collaborations with music superstars spanning all genres, the “CMT Music Awards” routinely outpaces itself and the competition as the industry’s most evocative fan-fueled trendsetting event. Last year’s “CMT Music Awards” once again earned its title as the hottest night in country music attracting nearly 4 million fans, its biggest to date, across a three network simulcast (CMT, TV Land and Nick@Nite) up +20% from the prior year. The awards also lit up social media with #CMTawards trending worldwide for 5 hours to rank as the #1 Series/Special on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day.

The nominees for the 2017 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Artists of Then, Now & Forever – “Forever Country”
  • Brad Paisley – “Today”
  • Brett Eldredge –“Wanna Be That Song”
  • Carrie Underwood Church Bells”
  • Cole Swindell –“Middle Of A Memory”
  • Dierks Bentley and Elle King Different For Girls”
  • Florida Georgia Line –“H.O.L.Y.”
  • Jon Pardi – “Dirt On My Boots”
  • Keith Urban – “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
  • Kelsea Ballerini – “Peter Pan”
  • Little Big Town – “Better Man”
  • Luke Bryan – “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
  • Miranda Lambert – “Vice”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Star Of The Show”

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)

SOCIAL SUPERSTAR OF THE YEAR
Most creative and engaging social media posts by an artist; awarded to the artist

  • Brett Eldredge
  • Jake Owen
  • Keith Urban
  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Lauren Alaina
  • Thomas Rhett

For more information, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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A Closer Look @ Jamie Lynn Spears As She Talks New Music And New Sound

We caught up with singer/songwriter/actress Jamie Lynn Spears at the most recent CMT Next Women of Country event this past November at City Winery in Nashville. Host Esseri Holmes talks with her about her new music.

Check out our interview with her below to find out what she’s been up to!

Watch this acoustic session in Nashville of her latest single “Sleepover”.

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CMT’s Next Women Of Country

CMT's Next Women Of CountryCMT recently celebrated their next class of female country artists at City Winery in Nashville this past November with their annual “Next Women Of Country”. Continue Reading →

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TUNE-IN: Season Finale Of “I Love Kellie Pickler” Tonight On CMT At 9pm/c

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Tonight is the season finale of “I Love Kellie Pickler”! Tune-in and watch the episode titled “I Love The Military” showing Kellie as she is invited to perform for the “Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit.” Despite being overcome with nerves, will Kellie be able to give an epic performance? Find out tonight!

Watch a preview here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/misc/1580296/i-love-kellie-pickler-press-clip-2.jhtml

Tune in: The I Love Kellie Pickler finale airs at 10/9C Thursday, November 10 on CMT. 

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CMT MUSIC PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR CRAIG MORGAN’S “I’LL BE HOME SOON”  

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True to the song’s name, Craig Morgan brings it home in the new music video for his single “I’ll Be Home Soon,” premiering exclusively on CMT Music. Filmed in his hometown of Dickson, Tennessee, the clip showcases highlights from the Black River Entertainment recording artist’s own stomping grounds including various locales along the town’s Main St., his personal home and in his 1994 Line-X armored Jeep. Directed by Robert Chavers, “I’ll Be Home Soon” gets even more personal for the star as his daughter Aly makes a cameo appearance in the video, as does his wife Karen’s image in their original wedding photos. View the “I’ll Be Home Soon” music video HERE. Continue Reading →

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CHRIS JANSON TOASTS 2016 WITH EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE PREMIERE OF NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “POWER OF POSITIVE DRINKIN’” ON CMT’S HOT 20 COUNTDOWN THIS SATURDAY (1/9)

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Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville recording artist Chris Janson will world premiere the brand new music video for his chart-rising single “Power of Positive Drinkin’” on CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday (1/9) and even stopped by the show to join host Cody Alan in introducing the video. In the spirit of ‘positive drinking,’ tune in to see the two challenge each other in a game of flip cup with Janson’s drink of choice; Mountain Dew. The video will be available across all CMT platforms, including the 24/7 digital music channel CMT Music, ChrisJanson.CMT.com and the CMT Artists mobile app, following the premiere and across multiple media platforms on Monday (1/11). Last year, CMT – for the first time in its history – financed and produced Janson’s debut video “Buy My a Boat.”  Continue Reading →

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Leah Turner Shows Off Her Country Roots with CMT World Premiere of New Video “Cowboy’s Love”

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Vocal powerhouse and skilled songstress Leah Turner will world premiere her new video for “Cowboy’s Love” exclusively on CMT.com, CMT Pure and CMT Mobile today, Friday, November 20th. Inspired by her California Country upbringing, the video is set on a ranch operated by her father’s roping partner.

Click HERE to view the video exclusively on CMT.com.

Turner, a songwriter for Warner/Chappell Music, has spent the last year writing and recording new music with a fresh spin that she is now ready to share with the world. Her new tune, “Cowboy’s Love” was co-written by Leah, Niko Moon (co-wrote and co-produced all of Zac Brown’s Zekyll and Hyde record) and Grammy Award-winning writer, Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying” Tim Mcgraw, “Heads Carolina, Tails California” Jodee Messina, “Cowboys and Angels” Dustin Lynch, “I Got the Boy” Jana Kramer).

Turner explains: “The story behind ‘Cowboy’s Love’ and why it is dear to me is because I was raised by a Cowboy, and a little girls first love is her father .. I learned how to love and how to be loved. The ‘Cowboy’s Love’ is really an analogy of a man that stands beside you, is tough and strong but knows how to be tender and love his woman…that’s how I saw my father love my mother. Strong…Tender… and makes you feel safe… He can carry the world!”

Leah celebrated the forthcoming release of “Cowboy’s Love” earlier last week in an intimate setting at the Warner/Chappell offices on Music Row. She credits her father, a championship header in the rodeo, and grandfather who both made a living as cowboys and taught her firsthand, the lifestyle of a cowboy. “Cowboy’s Love” was directed by Michael Maples with Crown Pointe Productions and produced by This Music and Back Home Management.

A California native, Turner is no stranger to success having already released two singles for Columbia Records Nashville. Her debut single, “Take The Keys” reached Top 40 on the Billboard Country Airplay Charts. The success of the song led her to open up for famed country star, Brad Paisley on his Country Nation Tour in 2014 and Taste of Country named her #1 Female to Watch. “Cowboy’s Love” is available on iTunes and you can get behind- the-scene details of her music video from Country Weekly.
 

For more information on Leah Turner visit www.leahturner.com

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CMT SIGNS MULTI-YEAR PRODUCTION DEAL WITH VETERAN PRODUCER JOHN HAMLIN’S NEWLY CREATED SWITCHED ON ENTERTAINMENT  

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CMT has signed a new multi-year production deal with Emmy Award-winning CMT veteran producer John Hamlin’s newly formed Switched On Entertainment, it was announced today by CMT President Brian Philips. In addition, two of CMT’s senior executives, Jayson Dinsmore and Leslie Fram, will oversee new roles in the music, talent and event departments.

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JUSTIN MOORE STEPS ON-DECK FOR THE 2015 MLB ALL-STAR LEGENDS & CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME THIS SUNDAY

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Photo credit: Kristin Barlowe

When it comes to hits, Justin Moore has cranked out one Grand Slam after another with his multiple #1 chart-toppers, amounting to over one million records sold. But this weekend, the avid baseball fan will take a break from the CRUSHIN’ IT WORLD TOUR with Brad Paisley to try his hand at a new kind of hit making, as he participates in the 2015 MLB All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday, July 12 at the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. Continue Reading →

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Josh Wolf And Darius Rucker Agree “That’s A Really Good Question” On CMT’s The Josh Wolf Show

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Country superstar Darius Rucker stopped by CMT’s The Josh Wolf Show recently as a special guest panelist, where he discussed weird-but-true headlines of the day with Josh and his friends. Darius also joined Josh and Jiffy in singing “That’s a Really Good Question.”

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