2022 CMT Music Awards To Air April 3 on CBS

The CMT Music Awards will look quite different next year.  The show, which is country music’s only entirely fan-voted award…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 8, 2021


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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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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.