CMT’s Sweetest Summer Celebration Presented by DQ®, Featuring Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae and Walker Hayes, Kicks-Off on “Hot 20 Countdown” This Weekend


Nashville, May 9, 2019 –  CMT announced today a partnership with DQ® that will deliver fans the best new music all summer long. “CMT’s Sweetest Summer Celebration Presented by DQ®” airs throughout the summer on “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” with Josh Turner, Lauren Alaina, Maddie & Tae and Walker Hayes.

Each installment features all-new interviews with the artists, including what their summer plans entail and their favorite picks from the NEW DQ Summer Blizzard® Treat Menu. “Hot 20” will also premiere new live performance videos from the artists, which were filmed when they celebrated with fans at an event held in Nashville earlier this spring. Videos will move into CMT music hour rotation following their debut on “Hot 20.”

The premiere schedule for “CMT’s Sweetest Summer Celebration Presented by DQ®” on “Hot 20 Countdown” is as follows:

Josh Turner

  • Premieres Saturday, May 11 at 9am ET/PT (Encores Sunday, May 12 at 9am ET/PT)

Lauren Alaina

  • Premieres Saturday, June 22 at 9am ET/PT (Encores Sunday, June 23 at 9am ET/PT)

Maddie & Tae

  • Premieres Saturday, July 20 at 9am ET/PT (Encores Sunday, July 21 at 9am ET/PT)

Walker Hayes

  • Premieres Saturday, August 10 at 9am ET/PT (Encores Sunday, August 11 at 9am ET/PT)

About IDQ:

International Dairy Queen Inc., (IDQ), based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the parent company of American Dairy Queen Corporation. Through its subsidiaries, IDQ develops, licenses and services a system of more than 7,000 locations in the United States, Canada and 25 other countries. IDQ is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Berkshire) which is led by Warren Buffet, the legendary investor and CEO of Berkshire. For more information, visit

About CMT:

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).



Emily Beekman


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