The 2023 CMT Music Awards will air live from Austin, Texas

2023 CMT Music Prices is headed to the Lone Star State.

CMT and CBS have revealed that the 2023 CMT Music Awards will air on Sunday, April 2, 2023, live from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center, via CBS. The Paramount Global Country music tentpole event returns for its global premiere exclusively via the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Kelsea Balleriniwho recently released his album Subject to change, returns for the third year in a row to co-host the CMT Music Awards. Ballerini surprised Carrie Underwood during her Wednesday (Nov. 2) stop at the Moody Center on her The Denim & Rhinestones Tour, where they revealed Underwood as the first performer for the 2023 CMT Music Awards. Underwood has won the most honors of any artist at the CMT Music Awards with 25 trophies to date.


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“Both Austin and Nashville are two of the world’s greatest music cities, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce the return of the CMT Music Awards on CBS than with host Kelsea Ballerini, who surprised Carrie Underwood, our most awarded artist, in the middle of her incredible live performance at the Moody Center—the exact place we’ll all be back exactly five months from today!” shared Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin, Leslie Fram and Jason Owen, executive producers of the CMT Music Awards, via a statement. “Our fans are in for an unforgettable night of music with plenty of surprises as Live Music Capital meets Music City for the first time ever on a national stage in what will be a true country music extravaganza.”

“The programming team at Oak View Group and the Moody Center have spent the last two years cultivating this relationship and working to endear CMT, CBS and Paramount to 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 host them next year,” added Michael Owens, vp, programming, Moody Center.

“We are very excited to welcome the CMT Music Awards to the Moody Center in 2023! Not only will this event have a huge economic impact on Austin and its tourism industry, but it will also showcase two of the best music brands globally, Austin as The Live Music Capital of the World and Country Music Television,” added Tom Noonan, President./CEO, Austin CVB.

This year marked the CMT Music Awards’ debut on CBS, with the show garnering 5.89 million viewers, up 529% from June 2021, while earning 2.7 billion views across social platforms.

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