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Maren Morris & Miranda Lambert Are Top Nominees for 2021 CMT Music Awards

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Maren Morris attends the 2019 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2019 in Nashville.

Kelsea Ballerini & Kane Brown, who are set to co-host the show, each received three nominations, as did Little Big Town & Mickey Guyton.

Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert are the top nominees for the 2021 CMT Music Awards, which will air Wednesday, June 9. Each received four nominations: female video of the year, collaborative video of the year, and two nominations each for video of the year.

Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, who are set to co-host the show, each received three nominations, as did Little Big Town and Mickey Guyton.

The first round of nominees for the video of the year award includes Carrie Underwood, who has won in the category eight times, more than anyone else. She is nominated this year for “Hallelujah,” a collaboration with John Legend. Underwood is the most-awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 22 wins.

UPDATE: On June 1, CMT revealed the six finalists for video of the year, drawn from the initial list of 14 contenders. The finalists are: Underwood with Legend's  “Hallelujah,”  Elle King and Lambert's “Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)," Brown's “Worldwide Beautiful," Keith Urban with P!nk's “One Too Many," Ballerini's “hole in the bottle” and Kenny Chesney's “Knowing You.”

UPDATE II: On June 9, CMT cut the list of finalists to four videos. The King/Lambert and Chesney videos did not advance to the final four.

Underwood isn't the only video of the year finalist who is a past winner in the category. Urban is a three-time winner. Chesney won once. Three of the six finalists for video of the year are collabs. No collab has ever won in the category. All three of this year's nominated collabs feature performers who are best known for their work outside of country -- Legend, King and P!nk.

Legend, King and P!nk aren't the only non-country artists to receive nominations this year. Halsey, Nathaniel Rateliff and Noah Cyrus are also nominated.

Guyton is a first-time CMT Music Awards nominee, as are Rateliff, Cyrus, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Margo Price, Niko Moon,  Parmalee, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones.

Five of the six nominees for CMT performance of the year -- which is awarded to a musical performance on a CMT television show, series or variety special -- went to sequences from last year's CMT Music Awards. The one exception was  Rateliff and Price's performance of “Twinkle Twinkle” from CMT Crossroads.

The 2021 CMT Music Awards, which bills itself as country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, is set to air Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. ET on CMT. The show will be simulcast on MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

The two and a half hour show will feature breakthrough video of the year nominees Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters (featuring Little Big Town), HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Guyton. Additional performers will be announced as a later date.

The show is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson. Executives in charge of production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.

Voting is now open at vote.cmt.com.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

Video of the year (finalists shown in italics)
Carrie Underwood with John Legend - “Hallelujah”
Dierks Bentley - “Gone”
Elle King and Miranda Lambert - “Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)”
Ingrid Andress - “Lady Like”
Kane Brown - “Worldwide Beautiful”
Keith Urban with P!nk - “One Too Many”
Kelsea Ballerini - “hole in the bottle”
Kenny Chesney - “Knowing You”
Maren Morris - “Better Than We Found It”
Mickey Guyton - “Heaven Down Here”
Miranda Lambert - “Settling Down”
Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris - “Chasing After You”
Sam Hunt - “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90's”
Willie Jones - “American Dream”

Female video of the year
Carly Pearce - “Next Girl”
Gabby Barrett - “The Good Ones”
Kelsea Ballerini - “hole in the bottle”
Maren Morris - “To Hell & Back”
Mickey Guyton - “Heaven Down Here”
Miranda Lambert - “Settling Down”

Male video of the year
Chris Stapleton - “Starting Over”
Darius Rucker - “Beers and Sunshine”
Kane Brown - “Worship You”
Luke Bryan - “Down To One”
Luke Combs - “Lovin' On You”
Thomas Rhett - “What's Your Country Song”

Duo/group video of the year
Brothers Osborne - “All Night”
Lady A - “Like A Lady”
Little Big Town - “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
Old Dominion - “Never Be Sorry”
Parmalee and Blanco Brown - “Just The Way”
Runaway June - “We Were Rich”

Breakthrough video of the year
Dylan Scott - “Nobody”
Hailey Whitters feat. Little Big Town - “Fillin' My Cup”
HARDY - “Give Heaven Some Hell”
Lainey Wilson - “Things a Man Oughta Know”
Mickey Guyton - “Black Like Me"
Niko Moon - “GOOD TIME (Ride Along Video)”

Collaborative video of the year
Carrie Underwood with John Legend - “Hallelujah”
Chris Young and Kane Brown - “Famous Friends”
Elle King and Miranda Lambert - “Drunk (And I Don't Wanna Go Home)”
Keith Urban with P!nk - “One Too Many”
Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris - “Chasing After You”
Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard - “Undivided”

CMT performance of the year
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards - Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs “1, 2 Many”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards - Dan + Shay “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards - Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus “This Is Us”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards - Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey “The Other Girl”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards - Little Big Town “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
From CMT Crossroads - Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price “Twinkle Twinkle”