Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown to Co-Host CMT Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown have been announced as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards, set to air June 9. Ballerini is new to the role; Brown returns for a second consecutive year.

The show will air not just on CMT but on four other MTV Entertainment Group outlets — MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network and TV Land.

Little has been revealed about the show to date — still MIA: performers, presenters, a location and the presence or non-presence of an audience — but nominations for the awards are being promised Thursday.

For anyone feeling a sense of deja vu, the 2020 CMT Awards were held just last October, as one of many kudocasts that delayed a spring or summer berth to the fall as a result of the pandemic. Brown co-hosted last fall’s show with fellow country artist Ashley McBryde and actor Sarah Hyland.

Fan voting will start after the nominees are announced Thursday at

This year’s show is executive-produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are execs in charge of production.


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