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CMT Awards 2023: Nominations, Performances & Tickets

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CMT and CBS have announced that the 2023 CMT Music Awards will air on Sunday 2nd April (from 8-11PM, ET/PT) live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center for the first time ever. Excitingly, the nominations have now been revealed, with Bell Bottom Country star, Lainey Wilson, leading the way with four.

Cody Johnson picks up three nods, while Luke Combs, HARDY, Bailey Zimmerman and Morgan Wallen receive two apiece, as does 2023 CMT Awards co-host, Kelsea Ballerini.

Rising country star, Megan Moroney, has also been nominated for two awards, CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year and Breakthrough Female Video of the Year.

The most coveted award is aways the CMT Video of the Year category, which originally had sixteen stellar 2023 entries, before being whittled down to just six.

The six remaining candidates for the big prize are HARDY and Lainey Wilson's ‘wait in the truck’, Cody Johnson's ‘Human’, Morgan Wallen's ‘You Proof’, Blake Shelton's ‘No Body’, Carrie Underwood's ‘Hate My Heart’ and Kane and Katelyn Brown's ‘Thank God’.

A star-studded array of performers have been confirmed for the 2023 awards show, including Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Carly Pearce and Carrie Underwood.

Also set to perform are this year's co-hosts, Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, with Brown due to take the stage alongside his wife for a powerful rendition of their chart-topping single, ‘Thank God’.

The RAM Trucks Side-Stage will be showcasing a suite of rising country stars, including Megan Moroney, Nate Smith, Avery Anna, Jackson Dean, Chapel Hart and Lily Rose.

More recently, the newly solo Tyler Hubbard and the ‘Son of a Sinner’ hitmaker, Jelly Roll, have been confirmed as performing at the 2023 CMT Awards, along with another hotly anticipated collaboration between Wynonna and Ashley McBryde. Darius Rucker will also join up with The Black Crowes for a special performance.

Paramount Global’s signature country music tentpole will return for the global premiere exclusively via the CBS Television Network, and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

The only entirely fan-voted for awards in country music, 2023's event will be co-hosted by country superstar Kelsea Ballerini for the third consecutive year. The award-winning songwriter, producer and performer recently released her critically-acclaimed post-divorce EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat. She will also appear as part of the historic concert event 'The Judds: Love Is Alive - The Final Concert', premiering in March 2023 on CMT.

Celebrated for its high-powered, world-premiere and cross-genre performances, the CMT Music Awards have aired live since 2005. “Our fans are in for an unforgettable night of music with plenty of surprises, as the Live Music Capital meets Music City for the first time ever on a national stage in what will be a true country music extravaganza", shared Executive Producers Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin, Leslie Fram and Jason Owen.

For the full list of CMT Awards 2023 Performers, see below:

Lainey Wilson

Cody Johnson

Kelsea Ballerini

Blake Shelton

Carly Pearce

Keith Urban

Carrie Underwood

Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown

Jelly Roll

Tyler Hubbard

The Black Crowes & Darius Rucker

Wynonna & Ashley McBryde

Nate Smith

Megan Moroney

Lily Rose

Jackson Dean

Chapel Hart

Avery Anna

For the full list of CMT Awards 2023 Nominees, see below:

Video of the Year

  • Blake Shelton - “No Body”
  • Carrie Underwood - “Hate My Heart”
  • Cody Johnson - “Human”
  • HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson - “wait in the truck”
  • Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown - “Thank God”
  • Morgan Wallen - “You Proof”

Female Video of the Year

  • Carly Pearce - “What He Didn't Do”
  • Carrie Underwood - “Ghost Story”
  • Gabby Barrett - “Pick Me Up”
  • Kelsea Ballerini - “HEARTFIRST”
  • Lainey Wilson - “Heart Like A Truck”
  • Maren Morris - “Humble Quest”
  • Miranda Lambert - “Actin' Up”

Male Video of the Year

  • Bailey Zimmerman - “Rock and A Hard Place”
  • Cody Johnson - “Human”
  • Cole Swindell - “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”
  • Jelly Roll - “Son Of A Sinner”
  • Kane Brown - “Like I Love Country Music”
  • Luke Combs - “The Kind Of Love We Make”
  • Morgan Wallen - “Wasted On You”

Group/Duo Video of the Year

  • Dan + Shay - “You (Performance Video)”
  • Lady A - “Summer State Of Mind”
  • Little Big Town - “Hell Yeah”
  • Parmalee - “Take My Name”
  • The War And Treaty - “That's How Love Is Made”
  • Zac Brown Band - “Out In The Middle”

Breakthrough Female Video of the Year

  • Avery Anna - “Narcissist”
  • Kylie Morgan - “If He Wanted To He Would”
  • MacKenzie Porter - “Pickup”
  • Megan Moroney - “Tennessee Orange”
  • Morgan Wade - “Wilder Days”
  • Tiera Kennedy - “Found It In You”

Breakthrough Male Video of the Year

  • Bailey Zimmerman - “Fall In Love”
  • Corey Kent - “Wild as Her”
  • Drake Milligan - “Sounds Like Something I'd Do”
  • Jackson Dean - “Don't Come Lookin'”
  • Jelly Roll - “Son Of A Sinner”
  • Nate Smith - “Whiskey On You”

Collaborative Video of the Year

  • Elle King feat. Dierks Bentley - “Worth A Shot”
  • HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson - “wait in the truck”
  • Ingrid Andress with Sam Hunt - “Wishful Drinking”
  • Kane Brown & Katelyn Brown - “Thank God”
  • Midland feat. Jon Pardi - “Longneck Way To Go”
  • Russell Dickerson feat. Jake Scott - “She Likes It”
  • Thomas Rhett & Katy Perry - “Where We Started”

CMT Performance of the Year

  • Black Pumas & Mickey Guyton - “Colors” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
  • Chris Stapleton - Whenever You Come Around” (from CMT Giants: Vince Gill)
  • Cody Johnson - “‘Til You Can’t” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
  • Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson - “Never Say Never” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
  • Darius Rucker - “Let Her Cry” (from CMT Storytellers)
  • Emmy Russell & Lukas Nelson - “Lay Me Down” (from Coal Miner's Daughter: A Celebration of the Life & Music of Loretta Lynn)
  • Keith Urban - “Wild Hearts” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
  • LeAnn Rimes with Ashley McBryde & Carly Pearce - “One Way Ticket” (from CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends)
  • The Judds - “Love Can Build A Bridge” (from 2022 CMT Music Awards)
  • Wynonna Judd & Brandi Carlile - “The Rose” (from Naomi Judd: A River of Time Celebration)

CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year

  • Charley Crockett - “Time of the Cottonwood Trees“ (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
  • Chris Young - “Gettin’ You Home” (from CMT Stages)
  • Ingrid Andress - “Wishful Drinking” (from CMT Studio Sessions)
  • Jelly Roll - “Son of A Sinner” (from CMT All Access)
  • Megan Moroney - “Tennessee Orange” (from CMT Viral To Verified)
  • Scotty McCreery - “Damn Strait” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)

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Written by Ciara Bains