2022 CMT Music Awards Nominations Revealed, Kane Brown Leads

by Cindy Watts

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Just call him King Kane.

CMT revealed the nominations for the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Wednesday, and Kane Brown crowns the list with four nods – more than any other artist.

The show’s co-host Kelsea Ballerini, Mickey Guyton, BRELAND and Cody Johnson are hot on his heels with three nominations each.

The 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, co-hosted by Ballerini and “Captain America” ​​actor Anthony Mackie, will air live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET Monday, April 11 on CBS, the first time the single show voted for by country music fans will appear on the network. The 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. CMT will air CMT MUSIC AWARDS EXTENDED CUT with an additional 30 minutes of performances and bonus footage at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 15.

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Carrie Underwood, who with 23 wins has more CMT Music Awards than any other artist, is once again nominated for the night’s highest honor, Video of the Year. Underwood’s collaboration with Jason Aldean “If I Didn’t Love You” is in the opposite category to Brandi Carlile, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell with Lainey Wilson, Kacey Musgraves, Brown, Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Guyton, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton.

On the other hand, there are 10 first-time CMT Music Award nominees: Johnson, BRELAND, Brittney Spencer, Caitlyn Smith, Elvie Shane, MacKenzie Porter, Priscilla Block, and Tenille Arts.

The “CMT Digital-Debut Performance of the Year” is new and will reward performances by artists created for CMT Digital. Nominees include Johnson, Spencer, Carly Pearce, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner and Wilson.

Voting is now open at vote.cmt.com, and the full list of nominees and categories is below.

The 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are produced by Margaret Comeaux (CMT), John Hamlin (Switched On Entertainment), Leslie Fram (CMT) and Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment); Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) is co-executive producer; Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are production executives; Shanna Strassberg and Taryn Hurd are talent producers.

Artists and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. Visit awards.cmt.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok, use the hashtag #CMTawards and “like” the CMT Music Awards on Facebook for more information.

The nominees for the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best Video of the Year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration). The top nominees, from the first ballot, will be announced on April 4. The final nominees, from the second ballot, will be announced on the day of the show, April 11. The final vote will be determined via social media and announced as the category final during the live show.

Brandi Carlile – “Right on Time”
Cody Johnson – “Until You Can’t”
Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson – “Never Say Never”
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Kane Brown – “One Mississippi”
Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney – “Half My Hometown”
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”
Mickey Guyton – “Remember His Name”
Miranda Lambert – “If I Were a Cowboy”
Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton – “I Bet You’re Thinking Of Me (Taylor’s Version) (from The Vault)”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best Video by a Female Artist; given to the artist

Brandi Carlile – “Right on Time”
Gabby Barrett – “Footprints on the Moon”
Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”
Mickey Guyton – “Remember His Name”
Miranda Lambert – “If I Were a Cowboy”
Tenille Arts – “Then, Now”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best Video by a Male Artist; given to the artist

Cody Johnson – “Until You Can’t”
Eric Church – “Heart on Fire”
Kane Brown – “One Mississippi”
Luke Bryan – “Waves”
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Thomas Rhett – “Country Again”
Walker Hayes – “Fantasy Like”

GROUP/DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best Video by a Duo or Group; given to artists

Osborne Brothers – “I’m Not For Everyone”
Dan + Shay – “Steal My Love”
Maddie & Tae – “The Woman You Have”
Old Dominion – “I was on a boat that day”
Parmalee – “Take My Name”
Zac Brown Band – “Same Boat”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR, presented by SONIC®
Best Video from a Major Breakthrough Album by an Artist; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)

BRELAND – “Cross Country”
Caitlyn Smith feat. Old Dominion – “I Can’t”
Elvie Shane – “My Boy”
Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You”
Priscilla Block – “Right On You”
Tenille Arts – “Then, Now”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best Video of a Collaboration; given to artists

Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – “I Never Wanted to Be That Girl”
Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter – “Thinking of You”
Nelly & Florida Georgia Line – “Lil Bit”
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley – “Freedom Was a Highway”
Jordan Davis feat. Luke Bryan – “Buy Earth”
Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney – “Half My Hometown”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance in a television program, series or special on CMT; given to the artist (individual, group or duo)

Osborne Brothers – “Muskrat Greene / Dead Man’s Curve Medley (from CMT Campfire Sessions)”
George Strait – “Is Anyone Going to San Antone (from CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride)”
HIS feat. Chris Stapleton – “Hold On (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Kane Brown – “Three Wooden Crosses (from CMT Artists of the Year 2021)”
Kelsea Ballerini feat. LANY’s Paul Klein – “I Quit Drinking (from the 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Mickey Guyton feat. Gladys Knight & BRELAND – “Friendship Train (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Nelly feat. Kane Brown, Blanco Brown & BRELAND – “Ride Wit Me (from CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends)”

CMT DIGITAL – FIRST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance of a production, series or live broadcast created for CMT Digital / Social Channels; given to the artist (individual, group or duo)

Brittney Spencer “Sober & Skinny” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
Carly Pearce – “Dear Miss Loretta” (from CMT: 60 songs)
Cody Johnson – “Dear Rodeo” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
Jon Pardi “On The Other Hand / Forever and Ever, Amen” (in honor of 2021 CMT Artist of a Lifetime Randy Travis)
Josh Turner LIVE (from CMT KickBack)
Lainey Wilson – “Things A Man Should Know” (from CMT studio)