Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie to host the 2022 CMT Music Awards

Kelsea Ballerini and Captain America Actor Anthony Mackie will host the 2022 CMT Music Awards together, the network announced Thursday, March 10.

Airing Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS, the fan-voted awards show will feature performances from top country music stars at venues across Music City.

Ballerini returns as host for a second year after sharing duties with Kane Brown in 2021. This year marks Mackie’s first time hosting the show, having served as a presenter last year for the video award of the year. Nominations for the show will be announced on March 16, coinciding with the start of fan voting.

“I’m thrilled to be back as host at this year’s CMT Awards with Anthony Mackie,” notes Ballerini. “This awards show is always special, as it revolves around fans and celebrates their favorite artists. This year, it’s especially cool to be a part of it, as CMT becomes a networking hotspot and expands for even more fans to get involved. It’s going to be big and I can’t wait!

“I had the pleasure of presenting at last year’s CMT Music Awards and received the warmest reception from the country music community and the city of Nashville,” adds Mackie. “I can’t wait to return to Music City to co-host this year’s awards with the amazing Kelsea Ballerini.”

In addition to airing live on CBS, the CMT Music Awards will also air live and on demand on Paramount+. CMT will also air the CMT Music Awards Extended Cut, which will include an additional 30 minutes of performances and content, on April 15 at 8 p.m. ET. The performers for the show have yet to be announced.

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