Country music fans have a big night ahead! The CMT Music Awards will be held in Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, but fans all over the country can check out the ceremony online or on TV. The red carpet, however, is only available online.
The 2017 CMT Music Awards will air live Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. EDT. Those watching on traditional TV can enjoy the show on a variety of channels, including Nick, TVLand, Spike and, of course, CMT. To watch the live stream, fans can go to CMT’s website. In order to watch live TV online, you’ll need to have login information from your cable provider.
Fans who want to watch the red carpet only need a Facebook account. The CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special, hosted by Katie Cook and Cody Alan, will be live streamed on the event’s Facebook page on Wednesday at 7 p.m. EDT. Country music’s brightest stars are sure to show off their fashion sense during the special, which will only be broadcast online.
It sounds like the CMT Music Awards, hosted by “Nashville” star Charles Esten, will be packed with musical performances. All stars like Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Thomas Rhett will take the stage. Newer artists including Brett Young, Chris Lane, Jon Pardi, Lauren Alaina and Midland will also perform on the Firestone Stage.
Some unconventional collaborations have been announced for the CMT Music Awards too. Expect duets from Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood, Peter Frampton and Brothers Osborne, and Earth, Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum.
The country music community will also honor Gregg Allman, who died last month. Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Derek Trucks will be part of that tribute.
“Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band helped create the bedrock foundation of modern southern music,” CMT President Brian Philips said in a statement last week. “Over the weekend of his death, CMT’s most important artists reached out to see how we might honor Gregg at our Awards. This tribute will celebrate Gregg Allman’s soul, charisma and enduring artistry. ‘The Road Goes on Forever,’ indeed.”
Plenty of other famous faces will be in attendance too. Ashton Kutcher (“The Ranch”), Danny Masterson (“The Ranch”), Hoda Kotb (“Today Show”), Kathie Lee Gifford (“Today Show”), Jada Pinkett Smith (“Girls Trip”), Johnny Galecki (“Big Bang Theory”), Josh Henderson (“The Arrangement”), Katherine Heigl (“Doubt”), Clare Bowen (“Nashville”), Rachel Bilson (“Nashville”), Dustin Lynch, RaeLynn and Reba McEntire are expected to be presenters at the 2017 CMT Music Awards.
“Nashville” fans will notice that the show has a heavy presence at the CMT Music Awards. The country music drama moved to the cable network earlier this year after it was canceled by ABC. Though star Connie Britton left the show, the story is continuing with Hayden Panettiere and CMT Music Awards host Charles Esten leading the ensemble. Fans are likely hoping that Rachel Bilson will drop some teasers about her new character, who will be introduced in the second half of the season, while she walks the red carpet. The drama airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EDT on CMT.