THE “2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” HOST FIRST EVER LIVE SIMULCAST AT CMT.COM AND CMT RADIO NETWORK ON APRIL 10

04/05/06

CMT Adds Text Message Voting to Determine Video of the Year Winner

NASHVILLE – April 5, 2006 – For the first time in the history of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS, CMT launches a multi-screen initiative to bring the “mother” of all country music awards to an even larger audience. Country music fans around the world can log on to CMT.com to watch a live simulcast of the show, airing live Monday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET.* In addition, CMT Radio Networks will offer the live simulcast to its 131 affiliate radio stations across the country.

Another big “first” for country music’s only fan-voted awards show is the addition of live text message voting for Video of the Year. CMT will announce the four finalists in this category live at the beginning of the show, and fans can vote throughout the live broadcast at CMT.com and via text message to pick the night’s big winner (ET/CT only). Voting is currently underway at CMT.com for the additional eight categories. America’s No. 1 country music Web site, CMT.com features a complete interactive site with up-to-the-minute news about the 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, as well as video clips, photo galleries, and a streaming radio station featuring this year’s nominees.

Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, CMT’s fifth annual awards show honors country music’s elite for the year’s most outstanding videos and is the genre’s only fan-voted awards show. The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will feature an extraordinary musical lineup, including Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith, Gretchen Wilson, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Brooks & Dunn and Trace Adkins.

The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is produced by Audrey Morrissey and Camouflage Films, Inc. Sarah Brock serves as executive producer for CMT. 

CMT, America’s No. 1 country music network, carries original programming, specials, and live concerts and events, as well as a mix of videos by established country music artists and new cutting-edge acts, including world premiere exclusive videos. Founded March 6, 1983, CMT, owned and operated by MTV Networks, reaches more than 80.9 million households in the United States. Go to country music’s biggest web site at www.cmt.com.

*EDITORS: The 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premiere LIVE on Monday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m., Eastern and 7:00 p.m., Central; and at 9:00 p.m., Mountain and 8:00 p.m., Pacific (tape delayed).

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For more information and to request credentials to cover the 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, visit www.cmtmusicawardspress.com

PRESS CONTACTS: 
Amanda Murphy         615-335-8408         amanda.murphy@cmt.com
Cindy McLean         615-335-8404         cindy.mclean@cmt.com

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