First round of star-studded performers revealed for 2021 “CMT Music Awards” airing Wednesday, June 9th at 8p/7c


Brothers Osborne + Dierks Bentley, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, Maren Morris + JP Saxe, Mickey Guyton + Gladys Knight and Miranda Lambert + Jack Ingram + Jon Randall set to perform

NASHVILLE, TN -- (May 19) -- CMT today revealed the first round of powerhouse performers set to take the stage at the 2021 “CMT Music Awards” - country music’s only fan-voted award show - airing Wednesday, June 9th at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

Known for delivering unforgettable, high-energy performances from country’s biggest hitmakers alongside one-of-a-kind collaborations both in- and out-of-genre, the first slate of performers at this year’s much-anticipated show include:

  • Brothers Osborne (“Duo/Group Video of the Year”) + Dierks Bentley (“Video of the Year”)
  • Chris Stapleton (“Male Video of the Year”)
  • Luke Combs (“Male Video of the Year,” “CMT Performance of the Year”)
  • Maren Morris (“Female Video of the Year,” “Collaborative Video of the Year,” 2x “Video of the Year”) + JP Saxe
  • Mickey Guyton (“Female Video of the Year,” “Breakthrough Video of the Year,” “Video of the Year”) + Gladys Knight
  • Miranda Lambert (“Female Video of the Year,” “Collaborative Video of the Year,” 2x “Video of the Year”) + Jack Ingram + Jon Randall

Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

2021 “CMT Music Awards” nominations were unveiled last week, with female powerhouses Morris and Lambert competing for the most accolades with four nods each. Hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown join Little Big Town and Mickey Guyton with three nominations. This year, 13 artists received first-time nominations including Guyton, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Niko Moon, Noah Cyrus, Parmalee, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones. Carrie Underwood remains the most decorated artist in CMT history with a total of 22 wins and will compete for two trophies, nominated for her collaboration with John Legend.

Fan voting is now open at and continues until Tuesday, June 1st at 3PM ET/2PM CT. A full list of nominations is available here.

“2021 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 “2021 CMT Music Awards” include Lipton Iced Tea, Little Caesars®, Ram Truck Brand and Verizon.

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