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How to Watch the 2023 CMT Music Awards

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The 2023 CMT Music Awards are coming up this weekend, with the best and brightest in country music heading to Austin for the big night.


Lynyrd Skynyrd photographed in 1975.

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The CMT Music Awards are an entirely fan-voted awards show, and the three-hour ceremony will feature epic performances. Voting for video of the year is still open at vote.cmt.com.

When are the CMT Music Awards?

Hosted Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, the 2023 CMT Music Awards air live from Austin’s Moody Center on Sunday (April 2) at 8 p.m. ET/PT until 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

How can I watch the 2023 CMT Music Awards?

Catch the show on CBS or stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.

Can I watch the CMT Music Awards online free?

You can stream the 2023 CMT Music Awards with a free trial from Paramount+. Plans start at $4.99/month for Paramount+ and $9.99/month for Paramount+ Premium, which includes ad-free streaming and live access to your local CBS channel to stream the CMT Awards.

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Viewers from outside of the U.S. can stream CBS and Paramount+ on ExpressVPN.

Who are the 2023 CMT Music Awards nominees?

Lainey Wilson is the leading nominee for this year’s CMT Music Awards. Wilson nabbed four nods including video of the year, female video of the year, collaborative video of the year and CMT performance of the year.

Cody Johnson, Brown and Jelly Roll scored three nominations each. Other nominees include Morgan Wallen, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Ashley McBryde, Elle King, Ballerini, Jimmy Allen, Maren Morris, HARDY, Luke Combs, Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.

Who is performing at the 2023 CMT Music Awards?

Alanis Morissette, Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain will take the stage on Sunday along with previously announced performers including Rucker and The Black Crowes, Jelly Roll, Tyler Hubbard, Wynonna Judd and McBryde, Shelton, Urban, Carly Pearce, Underwood, Kane and Katelyn Brown, Ballerini, Wilson, Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Megan Moroney and Nate Smith. 

In addition to performing, Twain will be honored with the CMT Equal Play Award. The award recognizes artists who have advocated for diversity and amplifying underrepresented voices in country music.

Slash, Warren Haynes Paul Rogers, Billy Gibbons and Johnson will lead a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s self-titled debut album. LeAnn Rimes and Judd will join in as The Honkettes.

Fans can catch an extended edition of the 2023 CMT Music Awards next week. CMT Music Awards Extended Cut, featuring 30 minutes of new performances and bonus footage, premieres on CMT on April 6 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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