After ten long years, the queen of country music, Reba, is set to make a triumphant return to perform at the 2015 CMT Music Awards premiering live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 10th at 8 pm ET/PT. Continuing the show’s rich tradition of forward thinking and imaginative blending of musical genres, Zedd will team up with Lady Antebellum for an unprecedented EDM/country collaboration, while Darius Rucker will take over downtown Nashville for a not-to-miss outdoor performance surrounded by thousands of fans.
Country’s loudest night will also feature an all-star lineup of Hollywood and country music celebrities who will award the event’s famed belt buckle trophies to this year’s winners. Presenters include: Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc, Arnold Schwarzenegger, star of CMT’s upcoming series Still The King Billy Ray Cyrus, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Nashville star Charles Esten, Cole Swindell, David Spade, Hunter Hayes, CMT’s “Next Women of Country” performer Jana Kramer, actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, Houston Texans defensive end JJ Watt, CMT’s I Love Kellie Pickler star Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town, American Idol winner Nick Fradiani, actress Nikki Reed, Army veteran Noah Galloway, The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus, comedian Ron White, actress and Dancing with the Stars champion Rumer Willis, Sara Evans, Thomas Rhett, and actor/comedian Tom Arnold.
Hosted by dynamic duo Erin Andrews and Brittany Snow, the Awards will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Zac Brown Band. The six finalists for Video of the Year will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.
The 2014 CMT Music Awards was the second most-watched telecast in franchise history, experiencing growth across all screens, up +10% from the prior year with 3.0 million Total Viewers. Last year’s show also ranked as the #1 original cable telecast for the day and across Prime, CMT was the #1 cable network among P18-49, F18-49 and Total Viewer L+SD impressions. It was also the # 1 most social telecast on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day, and the # 1 most social show on cable for the week. CMT wrapped its most recent quarter on a high note, posting A18-49 gains in both Primetime (+32%) and Total Day (+8%) over the previous quarter.
Author: Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.