The CMT Music Awards are returning for 2021, set to unleash another blast of live country performances while celebrating the year’s most popular music videos.
Announcing the news Thursday (April 28), organizers say the 2021 CMT Music Awards will take place Wednesday, June 9, at 8p/7c — and as always, it’s all happening in Nashville.
Holding the distinction of country’s only entirely fan-voted award show, the ceremony and performance special will “celebrate music’s hottest stars,” with two-and-a-half hours of performances and “one-of-a-kind collaborations.” There’s no official word on how the show will proceed, but a press release notes the show’s performances will take place “in and around Music City” — the same as CMT’s 2020 show.
Last year, artists performed live-to-tape from iconic locations all around Nashville, marking one of the first large-scale awards shows of the pandemic. Strict COVID-19 precautions were taken, and Carrie Underwood had the biggest night, winning Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year honors for “Drinking Alone.” Luke Bryan won Male Video for “One Margarita” and other winners included Chris Young, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett and Old Dominion.
“Join us for a celebration of music’s hottest stars and one-of-a-kind performances in and around Music City,” says a post to CMT’s official social accounts. “You WON’T want to miss it.”
The 2021 CMT Music Awards will air on CMT, with simulcast networks to be announced at a later date. Likewise, performers, presenters and other details will be announced soon.