CMT just unveiled the highly-anticipated nominations for the “2021 CMT Music Awards,” country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show. Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the show airs Wednesday, June 9th at 8/7c on CMT, with a five-channel simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land. Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting now open at vote.cmt.com.
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration). Top five nominees, from the first round of voting, will be announced on June 1st. Top 3 nominees, from the second round of voting, will be announced on June 8th. Final voting will be determined via social media and announced as the final category during the live show.
The nominees for the “2021 CMT Music Awards” are:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
- Carly Pearce – “Next Girl”
- Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
- Kelsea Ballerini – “hole in the bottle”
- Maren Morris – “To Hell & Back”
- Mickey Guyton – “Heaven Down Here”
- Miranda Lambert – “Settling Down”
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist
DUO/GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo or group; awarded to the artists
BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists
CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
- Carrie Underwood with John Legend – “Hallelujah”
- Chris Young and Kane Brown – “Famous Friends”
- Elle King and Miranda Lambert – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
- Keith Urban with P!nk – “One Too Many”
- Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris – “Chasing After You”
- Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard – “Undivided”
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)
- Female powerhouses Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert lead the pack for the most accolades of the evening, with four nominations. Artists with three nominations include show co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, alongside Little Big Town and first-time nominee Mickey Guyton.
- The “2021 CMT Music Awards” continues to spotlight the next wave of music’s biggest stars with 13 first-time nominees including Guyton, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Niko Moon, Noah Cyrus, Parmalee, Ryan Hurd, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones.
- The first round of nominees for the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” award includes 14 acts, most notably Carrie Underwood, who continues her reign as the most-awarded artist in CMT Music Awards history with 22 wins, nominated this year for her collaboration with John Legend.
- The two-and-a-half hour show will also feature “Breakthrough Video of the Year” nominees Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters (feat. Little Big Town), HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Niko Moon and Mickey Guyton.