2020 CMT Music Awards: Everything You Need To Know

The CMT Music Awards will air live on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EST on CMT as well as…


Andrew Wendowski

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October 19, 2020


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CMT Music Awards; Courtesy of CMT

The CMT Music Awards will air live on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EST on CMT as well as on MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land, and will feature “epic outdoor performances in and around Music City.”

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2020 CMT Music Awards, including how to watch, who’s hosting, performing and more.

How To Watch:

The 2020 CMT Music Awards, country music’s only entirely fan-voted show, will air on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. EST on CMT as well as on MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land.

Who Is Hosting:

Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde and actress Sarah Hyland will co-host the star-studded show.

“I am beyond excited, and maybe a little nervous, to host an awards show for the very first time,” McBryde said of her hosting duties. “Luckily, it’s not all about me – it’s about celebrating bad ass music videos and the brilliant men and women that help us create them. I’ve loved watching and being part of this event in the past and I think the fans are really going to enjoy what we have planned for them. It’s going to be a blast!”

“The CMT Music Awards have always been about bringing the fans and their favorite artists together to celebrate,” Brown said of his first time hosting gig. “I have so many great memories of the show — from watching as a fan at home to accepting my first industry award win on the CMT stage. I‘m excited to join this year as a first-time host and can’t wait for everyone to see the amazing performances that are lined up this year.”

“I’m so excited to be co-hosting the 2020 CMT Music Awards this year!” Hyland shared. “Fans are the backbone of music and art; without them we would never be able to do what we love.”

Who Is Nominated:

Ashley McBryde, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett received three nominations each.

Carrie Underwood is currently the most-awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 20 total wins. She has two nods this year. Halsey, Marshmello and Gwen Stefani each received their first-ever nominations. Supergroup The Highwomen and the legendary Tanya Tucker also received their first nods in 2020.

Other nominees include Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Blanco Brown, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion and The Chicks.

Click HERE for a full list of nominees and the categories they are nominated in. Fan voting is closed but fans can still vote for ‘Video of the Year.’ Visit vote.cmt.com to vote until the show airs on Oct. 21.

Who Is Performing:

Kane Brown – “Worship You”
Ashley McBryde
Dan + Shay
Little Big Town
Luke Bryan
Maren Morris
Gabby Barrett
Morgan Wallen
Sam Hunt
Shania Twain

Ram Trucks Side Stage
Caylee Hammack – “Just Friends”
HARDY – “One Beer”
Ingrid Andress – “Lady Like”
Mickey Guyton – “Heaven Down Here”
Riley Green – “If It Wasn’t For Trucks”
Travis Denning – “After A Few”

Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus – “This Is Us”
Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey – “The Other Girl”
Luke Combs and Brooks & Dunn

Who Is Presenting:

Brandi Carlile, Demi Lovato, Diplo, Idina Menzel, Jessica Chastain, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Rob Thomas, Tanya Tucker and Taylor Swift.

Producers And Sponsors:

2020 CMT Music Awards is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson; the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.

Official sponsors of the 2020 CMT Music Awards are Kit Kat®, Little Caesars Delivery, PEDIGREE® and the Ram Truck Brand.

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Andrew Wendowski

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Andrew Wendowski

Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a self-taught entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.