Kane Brown returns as ‘CMT Music Awards’ co-host, announces acting debut

Brown to co-host show with Kelsea Ballerini

CBS and CMT together have announced that multi-Platinum entertainer Kane Brown is set to return as co-host of the 2023 CMT Music Awards, alongside Kelsea Ballerini, for Austin’s first major televised awards airing live from Moody Center on Sunday, April 2nd from 8-11 pm ET/PT. Paramount Global’s signature country music tentpole – and country’s only entirely fan-voted award show – premieres on the CBS Television Network and is available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Brown will also pull double duty as performer, teaming with wife Katelyn Brown for the broadcast world premiere of their multi-week No. 1 hit single, “Thank God.” The history-making duet has over 210 million streams and cements the Browns as only the second married couple in country music history to earn a No. 1 on both Billboard and Aircheck charts.

Following the 2023 CMT Music Awards, Brown will make his acting debut on the hit new drama Fire Country on Friday, April 7th via CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. He will play Robin, an enigmatic, modern-day train hopper who helps injured patients on the scene of a crash. A Robin Hood of sorts, he’s an outlaw on the run with a heart of gold.

This will be Ballerini’s third consecutive year hosting the event and Brown’s second. In November, Ballerini shared that the show will air outside of Nashville for the first time ever during a major surprise on-stage moment with global powerhouse Carrie Underwood as part of her sold out The Denim & Rhinestones Tour stop in ATX at Moody Center in Austin. Underwood, who holds the title as the winningest artist in CMT history, with a total of 25 trophies, was revealed as first performer for the 2023 show.

For its inaugural year on CBS, the 2022 CMT Music Awards delivered 5.89 million viewers, a 529% increase from June 2021, also dominating on social with 2.7 billion impressions across platforms.

Additional 2023 CMT Music Awards information will be shared as it becomes available.

Buddy Iahn
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