2022 CMT Music Awards To Air April 3 on CBS

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT
Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy of CMT
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Erika Goldring, Getty Images for CMT

The CMT Music Awards will look quite different next year. 

The show, which is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, will move to CBS for the first time ever. Airing live from Nashville, the show will now take place on April 3, 2022, a major shift from its longtime early June run date. 

Additionally, the 2022 CMT Music Awards will run three hours and will air following a week of special country music programming on CMT and various ViacomCBS platforms.

The news comes just weeks after the 2021 CMT Music Awards, saw more than a 10% increase in total viewers and dominated as the #1 most social program across all of television for the night. Across the six ViacomCBS network simulcast, P18-34 ratings saw a +32% increase over last year’s event (according to Nielsen). 


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The 2021 CMT Music Awards was hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown and featured performances by artists such as Chris Stapleton, H.E.R., Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Breland, and more. Carrie Underwood received the top honor of the night and remains the most-awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with a total of 23 wins. 

This is a major shakeup as CBS has been the longtime home to the Academy of Country Music Awards, which reportedly hit an all-time low in ratings in 2021. Dick Clark Productions, who produces the ACM Awards, is currently on the hunt for a new network home for the show as CBS declined to renew the contract for 2022.  

The ACM Awards are set to return to Las Vegas on April 24, 2022

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