ViacomCBS has announced that the CMT Music Awards will have its global premiere exclusively on the CBS network starting in 2022.
The annual ViacomCBS owned event will broadcast live from Nashville on CBS on a date to be announced. It was also revealed that for the 2022 event, CMT will kick off the company’s first ever Country Music Week by hosting week-long special programming and events capped by exclusive director’s cut airings of the CMT Music Awards later on CMT and various ViacomCBS platforms.
The CMT Music Awards, as country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, have aired live since 2005. The 2021 show, hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, featured the most ever first-time collaborations and blended-genre pairings in show history. Standout performances included H.E.R. and Chris Stapleton; Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton and Breland; and Needtobreathe and Carrie Underwood. The 2021 show saw more than a 10% increase in total viewers and was the No. 1 most social program across all of television for the night.