‘2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’ HEATS UP NASHVILLE TOMORROW

06/07/11

The Band Perry To Perform For The First Time on the CMT Mainstage

Show Open to Feature Shania Twain and Taylor Swift as “Thelma & Louise” with appearances by Glee’s Chord Overstreet, Ron White, Donald Trump, Kenny Rogers and Host Kid Rock

Additional Presenters Include Country Favorites Martina McBride and Little Big Town,
Cheryl Hines, Gary Busey and Indianapolis 500 Winner Dan Wheldon


NASHVILLE – June 7, 2011 – Nashville is currently experiencing its hottest June on record, and it’s no wonder as the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS keeps getting hotter with the addition of hot country group The Band Perry to the performance line-up, with their first CMT MUSIC AWARDS mainstage performance. Country superstars Shania Twain and Taylor Swift join forces for the show open, recreating “Thelma & Louise” as only they can with appearances by Glee’s Chord Overstreet, Ron White, Donald Trump, Kenny Rogers and host Kid Rock. Additional presenters on-hand at the 10th anniversary show include Martina McBride and Little Big Town, actress Cheryl Hines, Gary Busey of “Celebrity Apprentice” and Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon. The 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premieres LIVE on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT on CMT and CMT.com.

Hosted for a second year by Kid Rock, the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS also includes performers Big & Rich, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Toby Keith and the Incognito Banditos and Zac Brown Band. Presenters include Shania Twain, Justin Bieber, “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Pittsburgh Steelers receiver and “Dancing With The Stars” winner Hines Ward, Sara Evans, Train, Kristin Chenoweth, stars of the CMT original movie “To The Mat” Laura Bell Bundy and Ricky Schroder, Green Bay Packers’ Clay Matthews, actress Melissa Peterman and actress Mary Steenburgen. Tickets to the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are sold out, but there are opportunities to win tickets to the 10th annual awards show on CMT.com. For more information as it becomes available, follow CMT on Twitter (@FollowCMT) with hashtag #CMTawards, text AWARDS to 32709 to get alerts on your phone or become a fan of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.

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CMT, a unit of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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*EDITORS: The 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will premiere LIVE on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 PM, Eastern and 7:00 PM, Central; and at 9:00 PM, Mountain and 8:00 PM, Pacific (tape delayed).

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