REBA TO MAKE TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO THE STAGE OF THE ‘2015 CMT MUSIC AWARDS’ LIVE FROM NASHVILLE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 AT 8PM ET/PT
Zedd and Lady Antebellum to Join Forces
For Unprecedented EDM/Country Collaboration
Darius Rucker to Perform LIVE in Front of Thousands of Fans
NASHVILLE – June 8, 2015 – After ten long years, the queen of country music, Reba, is set to make a triumphant return to perform at the 2015 “CMT Music Awards” premiering LIVE from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10 at 8pm ET/PT. Continuing the show’s rich tradition of forward thinking and imaginative blending of musical genres, Zedd will team up with Lady Antebellum for an unprecedented EDM/country collaboration, while Darius Rucker will take over downtown Nashville for a not-to-miss outdoor performance surrounded by thousands of fans.
Country’s loudest night will also feature an all-star lineup of Hollywood and country music celebrities who will award the event’s famed belt buckle trophies to this year’s winners. Presenters include: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of CMT’s upcoming series “Still The King” Billy Ray Cyrus, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, “Nashville” star Charles Esten, Cole Swindell, David Spade, Hunter Hayes, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” performer Jana Kramer, actress Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, CMT’s “I LoveKellie Pickler” star Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani, actress Nikki Reed, Army veteran Noah Galloway, “The Walking Dead” star Norman Reedus, comedian Ron White, actress and “Dancing with the Stars” champion Rumer Willis, Sara Evans, Thomas Rhett, and actor/comedian Tom Arnold.
Hosted by dynamic duo Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow, the Awards will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Zac Brown Band. Fans can vote now via CMT.com through June 7 at 11:59 PM ET to determine winners. The six finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determinethe night’s big winner.
The 2014 “CMT Music Awards” was the second most-watched telecast in franchise history, experiencing growth across all screens, up +10% from the prior year with 3.0 million Total Viewers. Last year’s show also ranked as the #1 original cable telecast for the day and across Prime, CMT was the #1 cable network among P18-49, F18-49 and Total Viewer L+SD impressions. It was also the # 1 mostsocial telecast on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day, and the # 1 most social show on cable for the week. CMT wrapped its most recent quarter on a high note, posting A18-49 gains in both Primetime (+32%) and Total Day (+8%) over the previous quarter.
For more information as it becomes available, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook. To request press credentials for the 2015 CMT Music Awards, please visit cmtmusicawardspress.com.
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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