CMT reveals star-studded 2023 CMT Music Awards Week programming

Stacked week features new episodes of CMT Storytellers and the premiere of a new series

CMT has announced a slew of star-studded specials slated for the second-annual CMT Music Awards Week, taking place Monday, March 27th through Sunday, April 2nd when the 2023 CMT Music Awards airs live on CBS and Paramount+. The stacked week of original programming includes the debut of a new series CMT Defining, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country, featuring 2x CMT Music Awards nominee Carly Pearce, plus two all-new CMT Storytellers spotlighting CMT Music Awards co-host Kane Brown and multi-Platinum selling singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley. Following the stellar week of music, the CMT Music Awards returns to CMT following its inaugural broadcast on CBS with the CMT Music Awards Extended Cut, featuring 30 extra minutes of bonus content and never-before-seen performances on Thursday, April 6th at 8 pm ET/PT.

The week kicks off Monday, March 27th at 10 pm ET with CMT’S Cody Alan and Carissa Culiner hosting CMT Music Awards Nominee Special, a half-hour celebration featuring the star-packed list of CMT Music Awards nominees. Superstar nominees Lainey Wilson and Cody Johnson reflect on their nominated videos, along with Blake Shelton and CMT Music Awards co-hosts, Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini! Plus, tune in for a special performance from Chapel Hart featuring ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons!

CMT Storytellers: Kane Brown airs Tuesday, March 28th at 10 pm ET/PT. The program gives fans a front row seat with behind-the-scenes access to their favorite artists and music. This one hour special showcases multi-Platinum entertainer and 2023 CMT Music Awards co-host Kane Brown as he performs and shares never-before-heard stories about how his iconic hits came to be. Filmed in front of an intimate audience at the iconic Grand Ole Opry’s Studio A, Brown takes fans on a musical journey through performances spanning his robust career, spotlighting popular hits including “Like I Love Country Music,” “Short Skirt Weather” and “What Ifs” in addition to captivating performances of “For My Daughter” and “Cold Spot,” among others.

Multi-platform selling singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley headlines the next installment of the famed music series CMT Storytellers on Wednesday, March 29th at 10 pm ET/PT. Performing a number of his classic hits including “I Hold On,” “Drunk on a Plane” and “What Was I Thinkin’” alongside songs from his latest critically-acclaimed album, Gravel & Gold, the intimate night filmed in downtown Nashville gives fans an insider’s look into Bentley’s chart-topping career and evolution as an artist.

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of CMT Next Women of Country, CMT Defining marks an all-new series of specials that will highlight a featured female artist who walks with filmmakers through their personal and professional past, present and future with a goal of defining who they are as an artist. Through interviews and cinematic performances, the artist opens up about the moments that have defined their music and laid the groundwork for their career. Reigning ACM Awards Female Artist of the Year and CMT Next Women of Country alumni Carly Pearce kicks off the series, sharing with fans a one-of-a-kind look back at her career and the milestones that shaped it, from her arrival in Nashville over a decade ago, to her rise to stardom and latest critically-acclaimed album, 29: Written In StoneCMT Defining: Carly Pearce airs Thursday, March 30th at 10 pm ET/PT.

In the hour leading up to the 2023 CMT Music Awards on CBS, hosts Cody Alan, Carissa Culiner and Marley Sherwood welcome a steady stream of country music superstars as they arrive at country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show! Country stars Midland and Jon Pardi are set to kick up the energy on the CMT red carpet with a live performance of their nominated song, “Longneck Way To Go” and more on the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet, airing live on Sunday, April 2nd at 7 pm ET/delayed PT.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards will air Sunday, April 2nd from 8-11 pm live ET/delayed PT live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center for the first time ever. Paramount’s signature country music tentpole will air on CBS Television Networks and stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show will celebrate music’s biggest stars, bringing its one-of-a-kind energy to fans across the globe.

Following its original premiere on CBS, Nashville’s biggest party returns to CMT for a special extended cut including 30 extra minutes of bonus content and never-before-seen performances on Thursday, April 6th at 8 pm ET/PT. Full lineup of additional performances to be announced at a later date.

Buddy Iahn
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