Thomas Rhett Announces Nominees for 2016 CMT Music Awards on TODAY with Kathy Lee & Hoda – WATCH

Country superstar Thomas Rhett stopped the the TODAY Show this morning (May 9) to announce the nominees for the 2016 CMT Music Awards with Kathy Lee and Hoda in New York City.

The “Die A Happy Man” singer was on-air to announce the coveted Video of the Year nominees, to later find out that he was one of them! Other nominees in this category include six-time winner Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Cam, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, and Tim McGraw.

Additional artists that scored nods include Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Eric Church, Jana Kramer, Dan + Shay, Zac Brown Band, and Chris Janson. 

Voting begins today at CMT.com with a new category to be revealed on June 1. The 2016 CMT Music Awards air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8th @ 8/7c on CMT.

Make sure to keep it locked on Celeb Secrets Country for all your CMT Awards news, including announcements, predictions, and more.

The nominees for the 2016 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 during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

  • Blake Shelton  –  “Sangria”
  • Cam  –  “Burning House”
  • Carrie Underwood  –  “Smoke Break”
  • Chris Stapleton  –  “Fire Away”
  • Florida Georgia Line  –  “Sippin’ On Fire”
  • Jason Aldean  –  “Tonight Looks Good On You”
  • Keith Urban – “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
  • Little Big Town  – “Girl Crush”
  • Luke Bryan – “Strip It Down”
  • Sam Hunt – “Break Up In A Small Town”
  • Thomas Rhett – “Die A Happy Man”
  • Tim McGraw – “Humble and Kind”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist

  • Blake Shelton  –  “Sangria”
  • Eric Church  –  “Like A Wrecking Ball” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)
  • Keith Urban  –  “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″
  • Luke Bryan  –  “Kick The Dust Up” (From 2015 CMT Music Awards)
  • Sam Hunt  –  “Break Up In A Small Town”
  • Thomas Rhett  –  “Die A Happy Man”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist

  • Cam  –  “Burning House”
  • Carrie Underwood  –  “Smoke Break”
  • Jana Kramer  –  “I Got The Boy”
  • Kacey Musgraves  –  “Biscuits”
  • Kelsea Ballerini  –  “Dibs”
  • Maren Morris  –  “My Church”

GROUP / DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group or duo; awarded to the artists

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
  • Dan + Shay – “Nothin’ Like You”
  • Florida Georgia Line – “Sippin’ On Fire”
  • Little Big Town – “Girl Crush”
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”
  • Zac Brown Band – “Loving You Easy”

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

  • Brothers Osborne – “Stay A Little Longer”
  • Cam – “Burning House”
  • Chris Janson – “Buy Me A Boat”
  • Chris Stapleton – “Fire Away”
  • Maren Morris – “My Church”
  • Old Dominion – “Break Up With Him”

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)

  • Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis – “Girl Crush” (From CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd – “What’s Your Name” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Carrie Underwood – “Smoke Break” (From CMT Instant Jam)
  • Cheap Trick and Jennifer Nettles – “I Want You To Want Me” (From CMT Crossroads)
  • Chris Stapleton – “Nobody To Blame” (From CMT Artists of the Year)
  • Darius Rucker – “Alright” (From CMT Instant Jam)

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.