FINAL PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED FOR THE “2016 CMT MUSIC AWARDS”

06/07/16

LITTLE BIG TOWN AND PHARRELL WILLIAMS TO PERFORM NEW MUSIC TOGETHER LIVE FROM NASHVILLE TOMORROW NIGHT

Newly Announced Presenters Include Billy Gardell, Bobby Bones, Chad Michael Murray, Chris Janson, Cody Alan, Kelsea Ballerini and Leona Lewis

NASHVILLE – June 7, 2016 – Music’s biggest stars will be on the stage at tomorrow night’s “2016 CMT Music Awards,” and CMT revealed today the final performance in the superstar line-up. Multi-time CMT Music Award-nominated group Little Big Town will be joined by Pharrell Williams to perform a new song off their upcoming album, WANDERLUST, which Williams also produced. New presenters have also been added to country’s hottest night including actors Billy Gardell and Chad Michael Murray (from CMT’s forthcoming “Million Dollar Quartet”), radio personality Bobby Bones, CMT personality Cody Alan, Chris Janson, chart-topping singer/songwriter Kelsea Ballerini and pop singer Leona Lewis. Hosted by Erin Andrews and J.J. Watt, “2016 CMT Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8th  at 8:00 PM ET/PT, and will air on CMT.

Previously announced presenters include actors Vince Vaughn and Rob Riggle, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, country artists Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, Cole Swindell, Dan+Shay and Kellie Pickler, as well as actors Joey Lauren Adams and Madison Iseman from the new CMT series “Still The King,” which premieres June 12. 

Other previously announced “2016 CMT Music Awards” performers include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett.  Collaborations include Blake Shelton and The Oak Ridge Boys, Billy Ray Cyrus and Cheap Trick, Dierks Bentley and Elle King, Fifth Harmony and Cam, Keith Urban with special guests Brett Eldredge and Marren Morris; and Pitbull with Leona Lewis and Cassadee Pope.

Tickets to the “2016 CMT Music Awards” are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.  

On the heels of her historic and record-setting sixth “Video of the Year” win last year (her fourth consecutive win), reigning champ, Carrie Underwood, is set to protect her crown against powerhouse Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cam and Thomas Rhett who top nominations for the fan-selected “2016 CMT Music Awards.” With three nominations each, including “Video of the Year,” they will face off in top categories against superstars Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris, Old Dominion and Sam Hunt who each garnered two nominations.Fans can vote now via CMT.com determine the winners for “Video of the Year”. Voting will continue until Monday, June 6 at 12:01 AM.

Last year’s “CMT Music Awards” once again earned its title as the loudest in country music garnering nearly 17 million cumulative viewers for the premiere and subsequent airings, according to Nielsen. #CMTawards trended worldwide on Twitter from the start of the live telecast and throughout, and the show ranked as the #1 most social telecast of the day with over 18 million impressions according to Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. The awards ranked as the #2 most social non-sports telecast of the week and CMT.com saw double-digit gains for “CMT Music Awards” content, with unique visitors up +33% from the prior year.

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About CMT

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S.  CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are 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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