Country hitmaker Kane Brown and acclaimed actor Sarah Hyland announced as first set of hosts for “2020 CMT Music Awards” on Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT


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NASHVILLE -- (October 8) -- CMT today announced country star Kane Brown and actor, musician and producer Sarah Hyland will be two of the famous faces sharing hosting duties for the “2020 CMT Music Awards,” country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, airing Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land. In a first for CMT, a total of four individual hosts will take the star-studded stage with two additional hosts to be revealed closer to air date.

"From our first conversations about this year’s show, we knew we wanted multiple hosts who reflected both our artists and our audience,” said CMT show producers. “Kane and Sarah are young stars on momentous career rolls:  Sarah is an award-winning, sought-after Hollywood actor who’s been a familiar face to millions of TV households for over 10 years; and Kane is a self-made success story who has skyrocketed to country music fame by crossing musical genres and delivering history-making hits. We’re thrilled to welcome them both to their first-time hosting duties at the CMT Music Awards.”

CMT producers continue: “And in true 2020 fashion, where just about anything can happen, we have a big surprise up our collective sleeves, and look forward to announcing our final two hosts to add to this illuminous line-up.”

Shared Kane Brown: “The CMT Music Awards have always been about bringing the fans and their favorite artists together to celebrate. I have so many great memories of the show-from watching as a fan at home to accepting my first industry award win on the CMT stage. I‘m excited to join this year as a first-time host and can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing performances that are lined up this year.”

Added Sarah Hyland: “I’m so excited to be co-hosting the 2020 CMT Music Awards this year! Fans are the backbone of music and art; without them we would never be able to do what we love. I can’t wait to see what happens at this year's show and who the fans vote for. Congratulations to all the nominees!”

As previously announced, Brown along with fellow hitmakers Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Maren Morris will take the stage at this year’s “2020 CMT Music Awards,” alongside country music’s biggest breakout artists Caylee Hammack, HARDY, Ingrid Andress, Mickey Guyton, Riley Green and Travis Denning on the Ram Side Stage, all bringing Nashville’s one-of-a-kind energy to music fans across the globe through epic outdoor performances in and around Music City. Additional performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

Fan voting is now open at and continues until Monday, October 12 at 12PM EST. A full list of nominations can be found here.

“2020 CMT Music Awards” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson; the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.

Official sponsors of the “2020 CMT Music Awards” are Kit Kat®, PEDIGREE® and the Ram Truck Brand. 

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About Kane Brown

Global entertainer Kane Brown has been called “the future of country” (Billboard), “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” in 2018 (Associated Press) and one of “31 People Changing the South” (Time). With the chart-topping Billboard 200 release of his Platinum album Experiment in Nov. 2018, Brown became the only male country artist in more than 24 years to have his sophomore album debut at the top of this chart. Brown made history with his 2X Platinum self-titled debut album, a 13-week No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. He became the first artist to top all five Billboard Country Charts simultaneously with his breakthrough No. 1 Top Country Album; No. 1 debuting Country Digital Song, the 6X Platinum “Heaven,” and No. 1 Country Airplay, Hot Country Song and Country Streaming Song, the 6X Platinum “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina. Of all the country artists who made their long-form debut since 2016, Brown- a 4X AMA award winner-is the only one to receive two or more Platinum album certifications and his 6X Platinum hit songs “What Ifs” (ft. Lauren Alaina) and “Heaven” have earned more than 1 billion streams to date. The ACM, AMA, People’s Choice, Billboard, AMA, iHeartRadio, CMT Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards nominated artist is, along with Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan, one of the only artists with multiple 6x multi-Platinum (or better) country song certifications.

About Sarah Hyland
Sarah Hyland, best known for her starring role as ‘Haley Dunphy’ on Golden Globe and 5-consecutive Emmy-award winning hit ABC comedy series “Modern Family,” is a true triple threat. A Native New Yorker, Hyland has been working in film and television since she was four years old. She made her debut in Howard Stern’s “Private Parts,” and at the age of eight landed the role of Molly in ABC’s “Annie.” Other credits include: “The Audrey Hepburn Story,” “Falcone,” “Geek Charming,” “Struck by Lightning,” “Scary Movie 5,” “Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive” and “XOXO.” Next, Hyland will star in and produce “Yours, Mine, & Paul’s,” a multi-camera comedy series in development at ABC. Her fellow “Modern Family” alum Ty Burrell is set to executive produce under his Desert Whale Productions. Hyland appeared in the musical “Dirty Dancing” alongside Debra Messing and Abigail Breslin for Lionsgate. The special was aired on ABC in May 2017 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the original movie’s release. In 2016, Hyland was named the Creative Director of Candie’s. She has also served as the Youth Ambassador for The Lopez Foundation, and was honored at Variety’s Power of Youth in 2012 for her work with the foundation. She is also involved in Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. In 2006, Hyland created the role of Jackie Bouvier in “Grey Gardens” at Playwrights Horizons, in which she made her Broadway debut.

About CMT:
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