Jason Aldean Makes CMT Music Awards Comeback With ‘Let Your Boys Be Country’ Performance

Aldean’s appearance comes just month after CMT pulled his video from rotation.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 7, 2024


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Jason Aldean; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

Jason Aldean performed his latest single, “Let Your Boys Be Country” during the 2024 CMT Music Awards, which aired on Sunday, April 7 on CBS. His performance on the show comes after CMT pulled his “Try That In A Small Town” music video from rotation due to controversy last year. 

Aldean, who is a 31-time CMT Music Awards nominee and four-time winner, took to the outdoor stage for the television debut of “Let Your Boys Be Country,” a song that celebrates the rural lifestyle and raising children who aren’t afraid to get a little dirty every now and then. 

The music video, which features the Georgia native enjoying the outdoors with his son, Memphis, in tow, was nominated for Video of the Year, however, did not secure a spot within the final six nominees. 

Jason Aldean; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT
Jason Aldean; Photo by Catherine Powell/Getty Images for CMT

This clip, according to Aldean, conveys the true message of the tune. 

“I think the video really portrays what we’re trying to say in the song, and you know, just about simpler parts of life. You know, everything doesn’t revolve around all these crazy things that are going on in the world,” he explained. “It’s just like man, make it simple, let it be enjoyable, whether it’s just going outside and playing sports, or going to hunt, fish, whatever it is. Just let them be innocent for now and figure it out as they go along.”

This marked Jason Aldean’s ninth performance on the CMT Music Awards stage, following his 2022 performance of “Heaven” with Bryan Adams.

Aldean’s performance was pre-taped on April 3.

In addition to Aldean, the lineup of performers includes Bailey Zimmerman, Parker McCollum, Dasha, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Little Big Town + Sugarland, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion ft. Megan Moroney, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood. 

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

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. 

Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini, 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+.* 

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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.