CMT Awards to honor nation stars in addition to pop, R&B acts

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NEW YORK (AP) — The CMT Music Awards will honor acts in nation music however will even share its stage with pop and R&B stars, together with Gladys Knight, Pink, John Legend, Halsey, H.E.R. and Noah Cyrus.

Knight and Mickey Guyton will carry out collectively and Chris Stapleton and fellow guitar slayer H.E.R. are becoming a member of forces onstage at Wednesday’s present celebrating the 12 months’s greatest nation music movies. The occasion will air at 8 p.m. Japanese from Nashville, Tennessee.

Legend is nominated for video of the 12 months for his look on Carrie Underwood’s “Hallelujah,” whereas Keith City and Pink’s “One Too Many” will even compete for the highest prize. Each movies are additionally nominated for collaborative video of the 12 months. Others exterior of nation music taking part within the present embody rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, who will carry out with Underwood, and pop singer-songwriter JP Saxe, who is about to sing with Ingrid Andress.

And acts like Halsey, Cyrus, rock-pop singer Elle King and brooding singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff are nominated for awards based mostly on collaborations with nation acts.

Fourteen movies have been initially in rivalry for video of the 12 months, however CMT narrowed it right down to 4 movies Wednesday. Kane Brown’s “Worldwide Stunning” and Ballerini’s “gap within the bottle” spherical out the nominees, and the 2 stars will host the fan-voted present and carry out.

Brown will sing with Chris Younger and Kelsea Ballerini will carry out alongside Paul Klein from LANY, and the awards present will function extra collaborative performances, together with Woman A and Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell, Brothers Osborne and Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram and Jon Randall, and Lauren Alaina and Jon Pardi.

Guyton — who’s nominated for 2 awards — won’t solely sing with Knight, she’ll additionally carry out with BRELAND and current the CMT Equal Play Award to Linda Martell, one of many pioneering Black acts in nation music and the primary Black lady to carry out solo on the Grand Ole Opry. The 86-year-old launched the album “Coloration Me Nation” in 1970, and the title monitor — a rustic cowl of The Winstons’ R&B hit — turned her greatest hit-to-date on the Billboard nation music charts, reaching No. 22.

Different performers embody Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett, whereas Anthony Mackie, Busy Philipps, Little Huge City, Michael Strahan and Hint Adkins will current awards.

Each Maren Morris and Gabby Barrett have been initially set to carry out on the CMT Awards however backed out. The awards present will air on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Brand, Paramount Community, TV Land and CMT Australia.

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