CMT ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED PRESENTER LINEUP FOR THE “2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” PREMIERING LIVE ON APRIL 10

04/07/06

Appearances By Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Lisa Rinna, Kid Rock, Martina McBride, 
Jewel, Kelly Preston, Caroline Rhea, Sela Ward, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, 
Billy Currington, Miranda Lambert, John Corbett, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Jack Ingram, 
Miss America Jennifer Berry, Ty Murray, The Wreckers and Ashley Monroe

Dwight Yoakam to Pay Tribute to Legendary Friend and Mentor Buck Owens


NASHVILLE – April 7, 2006 – The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, premiering live from Nashville on Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m., ET* packs the lineup with a star-studded list of presenters including Wynonna, Kenny Rogers, Lisa Rinna (“Dancing With the Stars”), Kid Rock, Martina McBride, Jewel, Kelly Preston (“Sky High”), Caroline Rhea (“The Biggest Loser”), Sela Ward (“House”), Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Billy Currington, Miranda Lambert, John Corbett, Blake Shelton, Josh Turner, Jack Ingram, Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry, Professional Bull Riding star Ty Murray, The Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) and newcomer Ashley Monroe.

In addition, Dwight Yoakam will pay tribute to honor his late friend and mentor, the legendary Buck Owens. Yoakam’s music often captured the Bakersfield flavor that Owens made famous, and the pair partnered to create the 1988 duet “Streets of Bakersfield.”

   The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, is country music’s only fan-voted awards show. Celebrating its fifth year, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS honors country music’s elite for the year’s most outstanding videos and artists. An extraordinary list of performances will include Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins.

Live voting at CMT.com will determine the night’s big winners. Fans can vote online at CMT.com or via text message during the live telecast to determine Video of the Year. In addition, fans all over the world can catch the live simulcast of the 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS online at CMT.com.

The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is produced by Audrey Morrissey and Camouflage Films Inc. CMT’s Sarah Brock serves as executive producer. 

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 82.2 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.


*EDITORS: The 2005 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premieres LIVE on Monday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern and 7:00 p.m., Central; and at 9:00 p.m., Mountain and 8:00 p.m., Pacific (tape delayed).

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