Everything We Know About the 2020 CMT Music Awards


Legendary country icons and 10 first-time nominees — that’s who you’ll find on the ballot for the fan-voted 2020 CMT Music Awards. (Vote now.)

Here is everything we know about country music’s only fan-voted show.

When are the awards?

The awards are set to air Wednesday, October 21st at 8:00PM ET/7:00PM CT on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.

Who is performing?

  • Caylee Hammack 
  • HARDY 
  • Ingrid Andress 
  • Mickey Guyton 
  • Riley Green 
  • Travis Denning 
  • Ashley McBryde
  • Dan + Shay
  • Kane Brown
  • Little Big Town
  • Luke Bryan
  • Maren Morris

Who is nominated? The nominees for the 2020 CMT Music Awards are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced on 10/12, with final voting held until 10/16 and announced in-show.

• Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”

• Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”

• Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”

• Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”

• Keith Urban – “Polaroid”

• Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”

• Little Big Town – “Sugar Coat”

• Luke Combs – “Beer Never Broke My Heart”

• Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”

• Old Dominion – “Some People Do”

• Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”

• Tanya Tucker – “Bring My Flowers Now”

• The Chicks -“Gaslighter”

• Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

• Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”

• Carrie Underwood – “Drinking Alone”

• Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”

• Kelsea Ballerini – “homecoming queen?”

• Maren Morris – “The Bones”

• Miranda Lambert – “Bluebird”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

• Jason Aldean – “Got What I Got”

• Luke Bryan – “One Margarita”

• Luke Combs – “Even Though I’m Leaving”

• Morgan Wallen – “Chasin’ You (Dream Video)”

• Sam Hunt – “Hard To Forget”

• Thomas Rhett – “Remember You Young”

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a group; awarded to the artists

• Lady A – “Champagne Night”

• Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”

• Midland – “Cheatin’ Songs (Live From the Palomino)”

• Old Dominion – “One Man Band”

• The Chicks – “Gaslighter”

• The Highwomen – “Crowded Table”

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists

• Brothers Osborne – “All Night (Studio Performance)”

• Dan + Shay – “I Should Probably Go To Bed”

• Florida Georgia Line – “Blessings”

• LOCASH – “One Big Country Song”

• Maddie & Tae – “Die From A Broken Heart”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR, PRESENTED BY KIT KAT

Best video from an artist’s major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

• Blanco Brown – “The Git Up”

• Caylee Hammack – “Family Tree”

• Gabby Barrett – “I Hope”

• Ingrid Andress – “More Hearts Than Mine”

• Riley Green – “I Wish Grandpas Never Died”

• Travis Denning – “After a Few”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Best video from a collaboration; awarded to the artists

• Blake Shelton with Gwen Stefani – “Nobody But You”

• Carly Pearce and Lee Brice – “I Hope You’re Happy Now”

• Dan + Shay & Justin Bieber – “10,000 Hours”

• Kane Brown feat. Nelly – “Cool Again”

• Marshmello & Kane Brown – “One Thing Right”

• Thomas Rhett featuring Jon Pardi – “Beer Can’t Fix”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)

• From CMT Artists of the Year: Ashley McBryde – “One Night Standards”

• From CMT Crossroads: Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs – “Brand New Man”

• From CMT Artists of the Year: Chris Young – “Drowning”

• From CMT Crossroads: Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini – “Graveyard”

• From CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt – “Fancy”

• From CMT Crossroads: Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton – “Tell Me When It’s Over”

2020 CMT Music Awards is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson; the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.

How to watch the CMT Awards on TV and online.

Tune into the awards show on CMT, or stream live on CMT.com after signing in with your TV provider. The ceremony will also simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.

Where are the CMT Awards being held this year?

Unlike previous years, the CMT Music Awards won’t be taking place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, but rather will be held “with epic outdoor performances.”

Who is hosting the CMT Awards?

Move over Little Big Town, who have hosted the show for the last two years. Kane Brown, Sarah Hyland, and Ashley McBryde are set to take the hosting mic.

What moment are you most excited to see during the 2020 CMT Music Awards? Let Cody Alan know on Twitter at @CodyAlan.

Photo Credit: CMT.