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First Performers Revealed for 2018 CMT Music Awards

CMT reveals the first performers set to take the stage at this year’s CMT Music Awards.

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Supplied

Fresh off announcing that country super-group Little Big Town will host the 2018 CMT Music Awards, CMT today revealed that Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelly Clarkson, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt will perform at this year’s show, premiering live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. CT. Additional performers will be announced soon.

The 2018 CMT Music Awards nominations announcement made history last week, as pop sensations Bebe Rexha, with her record-breaking, chart-topping collaboration “Meant to Be" with Florida Georgia Line, and Justin Timberlake, with “Say Something” featuring Chris Stapleton, received first-time nods for the highly coveted “Video of the Year.” The additional lineup of country stars vying for the title include Blake Shelton, Brett Young, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris, Dan + Shay, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, and Thomas Rhett. Up for four nominations each, Carrie Underwood (who also currently holds the title of most CMT Music Awards wins), Florida Georgia Line, and Jason Aldean are tied for most nods.

Fans can vote for their favorite artists now via CMT.com until Monday, June 4 for categories including “Video of the Year,” “Male Video of the Year,” “Female Video of the Year,” “Duo Video of the Year,” “Group Video of the Year,” “Breakthrough Video of the Year,” “Collaborative Video of the Year,” and “CMT Performance of the Year.”

Follow along @CMT, use hashtag #CMTawards, like CMT Music Awards, and visit cmt.com/cmt-music-awards for more information.

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