March 23, 2023
Blake Shelton, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson & More To Perform At 2023 CMT Music Awards

The show airs LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 2, 2023.

Blake Shelton; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Musicians On Call , Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson; Photos by Getty Images for CMT

The CMT Music Awards are heating up with the announcement of a slew of superstar performances. 

Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Keith Urban, co-host Kelsea Ballerini, and Lainey Wilson are confirmed to perform. The superstars join previously announced performers Carrie Underwood and co-host Kane Brown with his wife, Katelyn Brown. 

Shelton will take to the CMT Music Awards stages for the first time in five years to perform his latest single, “No Body,” while Johnson will return for a performance of “Human.” 

Wilson, who is this year’s most-nominated artist, will deliver a performance of her smash hit, “Heart Like A Truck.” 

Kane and Katelyn Brown will join together for the television debut of their chart-topping duet, “Thank God.” 

Details surrounding Underwood, Pearce, Urban, and Ballerini’s performances remain under wraps. 

The nominees for the 2023 CMT Music Awards were unveiled on March 8. Wilson, Johnson, Jelly Roll, and Kane Brown are among the artists with the most nominations. 

The Video of the Year category includes a whopping 16 acts, including Carrie Underwood who is the most-awarded artist in CMT history. 

Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Rick Kern, Getty Images for CMT

Other artists included in the night’s top category include Ashley McBryde with Caylee Hammack, Brandy Clark + Pillbox Patti, Blake Shelton, Cody Johnson, Elle King + Dierks Bentley, Gabby Barrett, HARDY + Lainey Wilson, Jimmie Allen, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Morgan Wallen, Walker Hayes, plus co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown with wife Katelyn. 

The Breakthrough Video of the Year category has been expanded for 2023 and is now broken into Male and Female categories for the first time ever. The 2023 Breakthrough Female nominees include Avery Anna, Kylie Morgan, MacKenzie Porter, Megan Moroney, Morgan Wade and Tiera Kennedy. Bailey Zimmerman, Corey Kent, Drake Milligan, Jackson Dean, Jelly Roll and Nate Smith are nominated in the Breakthrough Male category. 

Each winner is selected by the fans, with voting now open at

Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT
Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by John Shearer, Getty for CMT

Additional performers, as well as presenters, and more details about the 2023 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on CBS, will be announced soon. 

Hosted by 2023 nominees Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, the show airs LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 2, 2023 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* 

CMT will additionally air CMT MUSIC AWARDS EXTENDED CUT with an added 30 minutes of new performances and extra bonus content on Thursday, April 6th (8:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT), in addition to all new programming as part of CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK. Additional details are to be announced at a later date. 

Tickets to attend the show in person at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas are available to purchase now. 

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