The 2017 CMT Music Awards are coming up in a couple of weeks, and CMT announced today that the telecast will feature a number of superstar musical pairings.
“Building upon an unmatched reputation for superstar cross-genre pairings, CMT today announced that breakout artists the Chainsmokers will perform with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line for the first time on television during the ‘2017 CMT Music Awards,'” the network said. “In a performance sure to span multiple decades, Lady Antebellum will jam out with Earth, Wind & Fire, while country royalty Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will perform live together for the first time on any CMT stage.”
The artists join previously announced performers Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett in the lineup. The ceremony will be televised from Nashville’s Music City Center on Wednesday, June 7, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Additional performers are expected to be announced soon.
“Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten, country music’s highly anticipated night will see breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations,” CMT noted.
Seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, Video of the Year, will be revealed on the morning of June 7.
“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,” CMT noted in today’s announcement.