Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini to Host 2021 CMT Music Awards

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Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini to Host 2021 CMT Music Awards
Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini; Photo credit: John Shearer/Getty Images for CMT

Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini will lead the 2021 CMT Music Awards, the network announced Wednesday afternoon (5/12). The show, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 9, will celebrate the best in country music videos from the last year.

“I’m so excited to be hosting the 2021 CMT Music Awards with Kane! The CMT Awards are so special because they are truly fan voted. Following a year plus where we have not been able to be with the fans and share music together, will make this night even more special.”

“I loved getting a chance to host the CMT Music Awards last year and I’m excited to be back this year with Kelsea,” added Brown. “The CMT Music Awards are special to me – it’s the first industry award I won and getting on that stage was an amazing feeling. I love that the fans get to have their voices heard as we celebrate the best in country music.”

This marks Ballerini’s first time hosting the fan-voted awards ceremony, while Brown returns for the second consecutive year. Producers for this year’s special are thrilled to have the next class of country entertainers take the helm, while also teasing what fans can expect from the upcoming show.

“Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,” shared CMT producers. “This dynamic duo reflects the show’s revitalized energy as live music returns to center stage in a night filled with incredible outdoor performances, cross-genre collaborations and a few surprises!”  

Nominations for the 2021 CMT Music Awards will be announced tomorrow, Thursday, May 13th at 11a/10c. Voting will begin upon the nominations announcement at vote.cmt.com. Voting will run through Tuesday, June 1st at 12p/11c. Performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

The CMT Music Awards will air Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c on CMT and simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.