The 2023 CMT Music Awards will take over Austin’s Moody Center on April 2

The 2023 CMT Music Awards will air Sunday, April 2 live from the Moody Center in Austin, Texas for the first time ever, having been held in Nashville since its inception. The fan-voted 2023 edition of the show will air exclusively through the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Multi-Platinum Artist Kelsea Ballerini will return as co-host for the third year in a row. She revealed the news on Wednesday night (November 2) during a surprise onstage moment with the country superstar Carrie Underwood as part of its sold-out “The tour of denim and rhinestones” Stop at the Moody Center. Underwood, who holds the title of the most earning artist in CMT history – with a total of 25 trophies – was also revealed as the show’s first performer of 2023.

Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini announce the 2023 CMT Music Awards on CBS at the Moody Center. Photo: Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

“Austin and Nashville are two of the greatest music cities in the world and we couldn’t be happier to announce the return of the CMT Music Awards to CBS than with co-host Kelsea Ballerini surprising Carrie Underwood, our most awarded artist, in the middle of his incredible live performance at the Moody Center, the exact location where we’ll all be back exactly five months from today! share the show’s Executive Producers, Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin, Leslie Fram and jason owen. “Our fans are in for an unforgettable musical night with plenty of surprises, as Live Music Capital meets Music City for the first time on a national stage in what will be a true country music extravaganza.”

“The programming team at Oak View Group and Moody Center has spent the past two years cultivating this relationship and working to bring CMT, CBS and Paramount to love Austin and our new world-class arena. CMT’s commitment to Austin reflects these efforts and we couldn’t be more grateful and excited to welcome them next year,” says Mike Owensvice president of programming, Moody Center.

“We are thrilled to host the CMT Music Awards at the Moody Center in 2023! This event will not only have a huge financial impact on Austin and its tourism industry, but it will also showcase two of the biggest music brands in the world, Austin as the Live Music Capital of the World and Country Music Television,” adds Tom NounanPresident and CEO, Austin CVB.

Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini announce the 2023 CMT Music Awards on CBS. Photo: Rick Kern/Getty Images for CMT

Underwood is currently on a 43-city US tour, which kicked off October 15 and will continue through spring 2023, with upcoming stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Los Angeles Arena.

Ballerini, award-winning songwriter, producer and performer, recently released his fourth studio album, Subject to change, and completed a headlining run in 10 sold-out cities. She will then appear as part of the historic concert “The Judds: Love Is Alive – The Last Gig” premiering March 2023 on CMT.

In its first year on CBS, the 2022 CMT Music Awards drew 5.89 million viewers, a 529% increase from June 2021, and dominated on social media with 2.7 billion impressions across all channels. platforms.

Additional details about the 2023 CMT Music Awards will be announced in the coming weeks.

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