The Country music superstar and critically-acclaimed actor will be sharing hosting duties for country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, airing Monday, April 11th on its new home at CBS.
This marks Mackie’s first time as host, after he presented the highly-coveted “Video of the Year” award last year, and Ballerini’s second consecutive year hosting.
“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pair one of the biggest names in country music with one of the world’s most electrifying superheroes to host our biggest CMT MUSIC AWARDS ever,” shared Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin and Leslie Fram, Executive Producers, CMT MUSICAWARDS. “Kelsea and Anthony are each wildly successful in their own right and combined, bring mega star power that transcends the worlds of music, film and pop culture with a supersized fan base. We know this dynamic duo is the perfect pairing to bring our show to the next level as we reach our largest global audience ever LIVE on CBS.”
Said Ballerini: “I’m thrilled to be returning as host at this year’s CMT Awards with Anthony Mackie! This award show is always a special one, as it revolves around the fans and celebrates their favorite artists. This year is especially cool to be a part of as CMT grows into a network spot and expands for even more fans to get involved. It’s going to be a big one and I can’t wait!”
Said Mackie: “I had the pleasure of presenting at last year’s CMT Music Awards and received the warmest welcome from the country musiccommunity and the city of Nashville. I can’t wait to get back to Music City to co-host this year’s awards with the amazing Kelsea Ballerini.”
Nominations for the 2022 CMT Music Awards will be announced on Wednesday, March 16, in tandem with the start of fan voting. Additional details on nominations, performers and presenters to be announced in the coming weeks.
The announcement comes after major changes were made to the country network’s annual award show, the first being its new airing location. After seeing a huge spike in viewership and demand for fans to see more of their favorite country icons, CMT made the decision to move the presentation to the CBS Television Network, for Paramount’s signature country music tentpole to celebrate the hottest stars with high-powered, cross-genre performances from in and around Music City. Originally set for Sunday, April 3rd in Las Vegas, already different from the show’s usual airdate of the Wednesday before CMA Fest, the CMT Music Awards were moved back to Nashville due to the 2022 Grammy Awards being postponed from January.
Don’t forget to tune into the 2022 CMT Music Awards on Monday, April 11th @ 8/7c on CBS and Paramount+, and keep it locked to Celeb Secrets Country for the most up-to-date CMT Awards news.
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