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Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris lead 2021 CMT Music Awards nominees

by Mallory Arbour
Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris lead this year’s CMT Music Awards with four nods a piece, with Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Mickey Guyton close behind with three.

Lambert and Morris both have nominations in the top categories of ‘Female Video of the Year,’ ‘Collaborative Video of the Year’ and ‘Video Of The Year.’ Morris shares two nominations with her husband and fellow singer Ryan Hurd, a first-time CMT nominee, on their duet Chasing After You. Lambert also shares two of her nominations with Exes and Ohs pop-star, Elle King on their single, Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).

As well as Hurd, this year features 13 first-time nominees including Guyton, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters, HARDY, Lainey Wilson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Niko Moon, Noah Cyrus, Parmalee, Tyler Hubbard and Willie Jones.

The show will also highlight some of this year’s genre-blending collaborations. Keith Urban and Pink are nominated twice for One Too Many, Carrie Underwood and John Legend are nominated for Hallelujah, and Jimmie Allen and Cyrus are nominated for This Is Us. In the CMT ‘Performance Of The Year’ category, Rateliff and Price are nominated for Twinkle, Twinkle, while Ballerini is nominated for The Other Girl, her duet with pop singer Halsey.

Despite smashing records with his double album Dangerous, disgraced country artist Morgan Wallen didn’t pick up any nominations. Following being caught on camera using a racial slur earlier this year, CMT removed his videos from its programming, making them “deemed ineligible for the 2021 CMT Music Awards,” CMT said in a statement.

The two-and-a-half-hour show will feature hosts Brown and Ballerini alongside a variety of yet-to-be-announced performers and presenters.

“Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,” said CMT producers. “This dynamic duo reflects the show’s revitalised energy as live music returns to centre stage in a night filled with incredible outdoor performances, cross-genre collaborations and a few surprises!”  

Set to air on June 9, the CMT Music Awards is country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show. It celebrates country music’s biggest stars and brings the one-of-a-kind energy of Nashville to a global audience. Voting is now open at vote.cmt.com!

2021 CMT Music Awards Nominees

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Carrie Underwood with John Legend – “Hallelujah”
Dierks Bentley – “Gone”
Elle King and Miranda Lambert – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
Ingrid Andress – “Lady Like”
Kane Brown – “Worldwide Beautiful”
Keith Urban with P!nk – “One Too Many”
Kelsea Ballerini – “hole in the bottle”
Kenny Chesney – “Knowing You”
Maren Morris – “Better Than We Found It”
Mickey Guyton – “Heaven Down Here”
Miranda Lambert – “Settling Down”
Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris – “Chasing After You”
Sam Hunt – “Breaking Up Was Easy In The 90’s”
Willie Jones – “American Dream”

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Carly Pearce – “Next Girl”
Gabby Barrett – “The Good Ones”
Kelsea Ballerini – “hole in the bottle”
Maren Morris – “To Hell & Back”
Mickey Guyton – “Heaven Down Here”
Miranda Lambert – “Settling Down”

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Chris Stapleton – “Starting Over”
Darius Rucker – “Beers and Sunshine”
Kane Brown – “Worship You”
Luke Bryan – “Down To One”
Luke Combs – “Lovin’ On You”
Thomas Rhett – “What’s Your Country Song”

DUO/GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Brothers Osborne – “All Night”
Lady A – “Like A Lady”
Little Big Town – “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
Old Dominion – “Never Be Sorry”
Parmalee and Blanco Brown – “Just The Way”
Runaway June – “We Were Rich”

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Dylan Scott – “Nobody”
Hailey Whitters feat. Little Big Town – “Fillin’ My Cup”
HARDY – “Give Heaven Some Hell”
Lainey Wilson – “Things a Man Oughta Know”
Mickey Guyton – “Black Like Me”
Niko Moon – “GOOD TIME (Ride Along Video)”

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Carrie Underwood with John Legend – “Hallelujah”
Chris Young and Kane Brown – “Famous Friends”
Elle King and Miranda Lambert – “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”
Keith Urban with P!nk – “One Too Many”
Ryan Hurd with Maren Morris – “Chasing After You”
Tim McGraw and Tyler Hubbard – “Undivided”

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs “1, 2 Many”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Dan + Shay “I Should Probably Go To Bed”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Jimmie Allen and Noah Cyrus “This Is Us”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey “The Other Girl”
From the 2020 CMT Music Awards – Little Big Town “Wine, Beer, Whiskey”
From CMT Crossroads – Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price “Twinkle Twinkle”


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