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Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Keith Urban & More Set to Perform on 2022 CMT Music Awards

CMT has revealed the first slate of performers for the 2022 CMT Music Awards, set for Monday, April 11, in Nashville.
Several recent hitmakers and awards winners are featured in the lineup, including Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Carly Pearce and Keith Urban. Maren Morris will perform alongside her fellow artist and husband Ryan Hurd, while Cole Swindell will team with Lainey Wilson.
This marks the inaugural broadcast of the awards show on CBS; the show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Brown leads this year’s nominations with four nods in categories, including video of the year (“One Mississippi”), male video of the year (“One Mississippi”) and CMT performance of the year (two nods, for his CMT artists of the year performance), as well as his collaboration with Nelly, Blanco Brown and Breland as part of CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends. He is the reigning male video of the year winner for his clip for “Worship You.”

“I have a good buddy, [‘One Mississippi’ director] Alex Alvga, and he’s so good at what he does,” Brown recently told Billboard of the making of his video for “One Mississippi.” “I remember it was early morning and performance scenes with fire in it. I got to go into the fairgrounds before it opened to the public. It was the middle of the pandemic, so I appreciated people who were working through it.”

First-time nominee Johnson is up for video of the year, male video of the year and CMT digital-first performance of the year. This week, Johnson also notched his first No. 1 hit on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, with “‘Til You Can’t.”

Ballerini, who has three nominations, is co-hosting this year’s CMT Music Awards alongside Anthony Mackie; she co-hosted the event last year with Brown. Ballerini is nominated for video of the year, collaborative video of the year (both for “Half of My Hometown” with Kenny Chesney) and CMT performance of the year (“I Quit Drinking” with LANY, from the 2021 CMT Music Awards).

Combs has two nominations this year (video of the year, male video of the year), as does Lambert (video of the year, female video of the year).

Fan voting is now open at vote.cmt.com and general voting continues until Monday, April 4, at 10 a.m. ET

CMT will also air CMT Music Awards Extended Cut, with an additional 30 minutes of new performances and extra bonus content on Friday, April 15.