2014 CMT MUSIC AWARDS to Air Live from Nashville Tonight
Country music's biggest party will hit Music City tomorrow when the 2014 CMT Music Awards airs LIVE at 8:00 p.m. ET from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. In a press conference held earlier today with CMT Music Awards host Kristen Bell and executive producers John Hamlin and Michael Dempsey, three special, star-studded performances were revealed. Hamlin teased the crowd by revealing that within the first five minutes of the show there would be three iconic songs featuring artists from three different genres, with a superstar surprise guest taking the stage alongside. Hamlin and Dempsey also announced that country superstars Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line will be teaming up with pop sensation Jason Derulo, nine-time Grammy-winner John Legend is set to take the stage with country stars Jennifer Nettles and Hunter Hayes and country icon Alan Jackson will be honored with a collaboration by Kacey Musgraves and Lee Ann Womack.
"I find the (awards) to be the best concert I've ever been to," Bell said. "I think the lineup, and with the amount of performers, it's destined to be the best one yet. Just the lineup of performers alone is pretty radical."
Additional presenters at the 2014 CMT Music Awards include Blake Shelton, radio host Bobby Bones, Carrie Underwood, the cast of CMT's PARTY DOWN SOUTH, CMT's Cody Alan, Eli Young Band, Eric Decker and Jessie James Decker, Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Lindsey Stirling, Lionel Richie, Sara Evans, The Band Perry, CMT's My Big Redneck Family host Tom Arnold and Vince Neil.
The 2014 CMT Music Awards will include performances by Blake Shelton, Brantley Gilbert, Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Jennifer Nettles, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Miranda Lambert. In addition, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, Danielle Bradbery, David Nail, Thomas Rhett and Tyler Farr will be performing on the Nationwide Insurance Stage. Previously announced presenters include "2 Broke Girls" actress Beth Behrs, actress Brooklyn Decker, 2014 CMT Music Awards Twitter tracker Cassadee Pope, actor James Van Der Beek, "Fargo" actress Kate Walsh, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and CMT's BROKEN SKULL RANCH host Steve Austin. Fans can vote online at CMT.com and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile now through June 1 to determine the winners. The six finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced on the morning of June 4 and fans can then vote all day and throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) at CMT.com, CMT mobile and via text message to determine the night's big winner.
Veteran live event producer Michael Dempsey returns to executive produce the 2014 CMT Music Awards alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.
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