The CMT Music Awards have aired live since 2005. The 2021 show, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, aired on June 9 and featured the most ever first-time collaborations and blended-genre pairings in the show’s history. Standout performances included H.E.R. + Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton + BRELAND, and NEEDTOBREATHE + Carrie Underwood.
The show has attracted top hosts for much of its history. Little Big Town hosted the show in 2018-19. Other top-name hosts or co-hosts include Dolly Parton (2004), Billy Ray Cyrus & Miley Cyrus (2008), Toby Keith (2012) and Jason Aldean (2013).
The CMT Music Awards bills itself as country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show. Underwood is the most-awarded artist in CMT Awards history with 22 wins, including a remarkable nine wins in the top category, video of the year.
This year, the CMT Music Awards saw more than a 10% increase in total viewers and dominated as the No. 1 most social program across all of television for the night, according to Viacom CBS. Across the six ViacomCBS network simulcast, P18-34 ratings saw a +32% increase over last year’s event.
Source: News | Billboard