THE BIGGER THE BUCKLE… THE BIGGER THE SHOW, AND IT DOESN’T GET ANY BIGGER WHEN THE “2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” PREMIERES LIVE ON APRIL 10

02/26/06

Performances to Include Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, 
Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland

Tickets Go On Sale Saturday, March 4


NASHVILLE – February 28, 2006 – CMT announces a lineup that will rock the house at the 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, the “mother” of all country music awards, premiering live on Monday, April 10 at 8 p.m., ET* with host Jeff Foxworthy leading the festivities. Music takes center stage with performances by Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, Gretchen Wilson, Brooks & Dunn and Sugarland, among others to be announced.

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. Tickets to the live 2006 CMT MUSIC AWARDS at The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville go on sale Saturday, March 4 available at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 615-255-9600, online at CMT.com and ticketmaster.com. Belmont University students receive a $10 discount by using the code BELMONT. Additional information can be found online at CMT.com.

Fans can vote online to determine the finalists at CMT.com through March 9. CMT will announce the four finalists in each category except Video of the Year on March 15. Fans can vote online at CMT.com during the live telecast to determine the winner of Video of the Year.

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


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