2024 CMT Music Awards: Everything You Need To Know Before the Big Night

Here’s a rundown of the nominees, performers, presenters, and more.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 4, 2024


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer for CMT

As anticipation builds for the 2024 CMT Music Awards, slated to air this Sunday, April 7, fans continue to eagerly await the star-studded event. To ensure viewers are fully prepared for the show, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide covering all the essential CMT Music Awards details. 

From where to watch the show to the lineup of performers set to grace the stage, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to tune in and witness the magic of country music! 

How To Watch

The 2024 CMT Music Awards will air LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 7th (8:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.* 

2024 CMT Music Awards
2024 CMT Music Awards


Kelsea Ballerini is returning to host the show for the fourth consecutive year, however, this marks her first time as a solo host. 

“I couldn’t be more excited to be back for my fourth year with my CMT family to host this year’s CMT MUSIC AWARDS in Austin, Texas. Hosting an awards show that celebrates the music that the fans love most has been an honor and I know this year will be another unforgettable night,” she shared upon the announcement. 

Megan Moroney, Cody Johnson; Photos by Andrew Wendowski
Megan Moroney, Cody Johnson; Photos by Andrew Wendowski


Leading the pack with three nods apiece are Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson and Megan Moroney. See a complete list of nominees HERE.  

Fan Voting 

Voting for the show is now closed, with the exception of the night’s top honor, Video of the Year. The final nominees for this category include the following:  

Ashley McBryde – “Light On In the Kitchen”

Cody Johnson – “The Painter”

HARDY – “Truck Bed”

Jelly Roll – “Need A Favor”

Kelsea Ballerini – “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)

Lainey Wilson “Watermelon Moonshine”


Artists confirmed to take the stage include Bailey Zimmerman, Cody Johnson, Dasha, Jason Aldean, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town + Sugarland, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion ft. Megan Moroney, Parker McCollum ft. Brittney Spencer, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood. 

Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann
Toby Keith; Photo by Greg Watermann

Toby Keith Tribute 

Brooks & Dunn, Lainey Wilson, and Sammy Hagar will join forces with Toby’s longtime band to honor the late country music icon with a musical tribute during the show. Additionally, Lukas Nelson and Roger Clemens will also be on hand to honor Toby. 

The Oklahoma native has a long history with CMT, including a total of 30 CMT Music Awards nominations, seven wins, and a whopping 13 performances. 


The all-star presenter lineup includes: Amber Riley, Billy Bob Thornton (Landman), Carly Pearce, Cody Alan, Cody Johnson, Emily Osment (Young Sheldon), Emma Roberts, Gayle King (CBS Mornings), James Van Der Beek, Jane Seymour, Jelly Roll, Max Theriot (Fire Country), Megan Moroney, Melissa Etheridge, Mickey Guyton, Minnie Driver, Montana Jordan (Young Sheldon), Parmalee and Paul Walter Hauser. 

Special Honorees 

Apart from her performance, Yearwood will receive the inaugural June Carter Cash Humanitarian Award, recognizing her exceptional dedication to both her community and fellow artists within the industry.

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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.