UPDATE: On Tuesday (June 8), CMT announced that Linda Martell, the first Black female solo country artist to perform on the Grand Ole Opry stage, will receive the second annual CMT equal play award. Last year, Jennifer Nettles received the inaugural CMT equal play award for her advocacy for women and diverse voices in the music industry. Nettles will help salute Martell on this year’s show, along with Mickey Guyton, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Rissi Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens.
Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2021 CMT Music Awards airs Wednesday, June 9, at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia.
The CMT Music Awards are billed as country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show. The two and a half-hour show will feature performances shot “in and around Music City.” Voting for video of the year is open at vote.cmt.com.
H.E.R. + Chris Stapleton
Ingrid Andress + JP Saxe
BRELAND + Mickey Guyton
Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley
Carrie Underwood + NEEDTOBREATHE
Chris Young + Kane Brown
Kelsea Ballerini + Paul Klein from LANY
Lady A + Carly Pearce + Lindsay Ell
Lauren Alaina + Jon Pardi
Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight
Miranda Lambert + Jack Ingram + Jon Randall
Blanco Brown (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Dylan Scott (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Hailey Whitters (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Lainey Wilson (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Niko Moon (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Tenille Arts (live from the Ram Trucks Side Stage)
Little Big Town
Taylor Lewan (Tennessee Titans)
Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Ashley ShahAhmadi (hosts, CMT Hot 20 Countdown)
The 2021 CMT Music Awards 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. Leslie Fram is executive in charge of talent. Shanna Strassberg and Taryn Hurd are talent producers.