BREAKING: Sugarland To Reunite At 2024 CMT Music Awards

The duo will take the stage with Little Big Town for a world premiere performance.

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Lauren Jo Black

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March 29, 2024

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Sugarland, the award-winning country duo composed of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, will reunite at the upcoming 2024 CMT Music Awards. 

Sugarland Will Perform With Little Big Town At The CMT Music Awards

Their long-awaited reunion will take place as part of a performance with Little Big Town. The artists will join forces for a world premiere performance, debuting a brand-new collaboration live during the show. 

This marks Sugarland’s first CMT performance together since 2011. The duo has a long history with CMT, including 19 total CMT Music Awards nominations and a total of four wins. They took home their first belt buckle for “Breakthrough Video of the Year” with their breakout hit “Baby Girl” in 2005.

Sugarland; Photo by Jason Merritt / Staff
Sugarland; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

In 2020, Nettles received the CMT Equal Play Award, commemorating her advocacy for women, the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented groups within the music industry.

The History Of Sugarland

Founded in 2002, Sugarland dominated the country music scene for several years, beginning with the release of “Baby Girl” in 2004. A run of successful singles included “Something More,” “Want To,” “Settlin’,” “Already Gone,” “Stay,” “Stuck Like Glue,” and more. 

At the height of their career, Sugarland headlined several tours and also toured with artists such as Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban.   

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Sugarland; Photo Provided

The Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning duo took some time off in 2012. During this time, Nettles was on maternity leave and Bush explored a solo release. Nettles’ solo project followed in 2012, releasing “That Girl” in a newly signed deal with Mercury Records. 

Both artists continued to dabble in the solo space until 2017 when they reunited at the CMA Awards. At the time, they announced that they were working on new music together and released the single “Still The Same” shortly after. They delivered their first performance together in nearly five years during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve in 2018 and went on to perform overseas during the C2C Festival. 

2018 brought the release of their new album, Bigger, which featured the song “Babe,” written by Taylor Swift. It became a hit for the duo and was later certified Gold by the RIAA.   

Sugarland; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Sugarland; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

A new musical chapter began for Sugarland in 2019 when it was revealed that they ended their relationship with UMG Nashville and signed with Big Machine Records.

“I am so proud to continue my association with Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records,” Nettles shared in a statement at the time. “Scott has been there for Sugarland since our very first release, ‘Baby Girl,’ and continues to be our biggest champion when it comes to our records. We are so excited about all that’s ahead!”

“Sugarland has always been a band with a mission to spread our message as far as we can into every corner of the world and I can imagine no better partner or bigger machine than Scott Borchetta and BMLG,” Bush added. 

2020 Tour Was Scraped Due To COVID

In 2020, the duo was set to embark on a 25+ date tour, however, those plans were scraped due to the pandemic. Upon the tour announcement Nettles and Bush teased “fresh music” on the way, however, fans never had the chance to hear what they had been working on. 

Since 2020, Bush has spent time working on solo projects as well as producing breakout star Megan Moroney. Nettles was tapped to host Farmer Wants A Wife and previously appeared in The Righteous Gemstones. She recently landed a role in Blumhouse TV’s The Bondsman, an action-filled horror series for Amazon’s Prime Video.  

Who Is Performing At The CMT Music Awards?

Sugarland’s upcoming CMT Music Awards performance with Little Big Town will certainly be a highlight of the show. Other confirmed performers include Bailey Zimmerman, Cody Johnson, Jelly Roll, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, Megan Moroney, NEEDTOBREATHE + Jordan Davis, Old Dominion, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood.

Hosted by Ballerini, the 2024 CMT Music Awards will take place at Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 7th (8:00-11:00 PM ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.*

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

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.