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More CMT Music Award Performers Have Been Announced, And They Are Some Of The Biggest Rising Stars

Today CMT announced the next round of performers for their CMT Music Awards airing Sunday April 2nd.

CMT has always done a great job of spotlighting some of the industry's biggest rising stars, and this year is no different!

Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Megan Moroney and Nate Smith set for the Ram Trucks Side Stage at the 2023 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, airing LIVE from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center on Sunday, April 2nd(8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.*

  • Avery Anna

    • With her unique sound of reflective balladry, 2023 CMT Next Women of Country member Avery Anna will make her award show debut with a performance of “Narcissist,” which also earned her a first-time nomination for “Breakthrough Female Video of the Year.”

  • Chapel Hart

    • Unstoppable trio Chapel Hart - named to CMT’s Next Women of Country franchise in 2021 - won over the nation with a viral “America’s Got Talent” audition and will bring a show-stopping performance of “You Can Have Him Jolene” to CMT audiences for their award show debut.

Credit Bailey Lamar.

  • Jackson Dean

    • Fast-rising outlaw country singer/songwriter Jackson Dean will make his CMT debut with a hard-hitting performance of his No. 1 single “Don’t Come Lookin,” which has been featured in hit series Yellowstone and also earned him a first-ever award show nod in “Breakthrough Male Video of the Year” category.

Photo by David McClister

  • Lily Rose

    • Groundbreaking country artist, GLAAD Media Award winner and 2022 CMT Next Women of Country member Lily Rose sets her CMT Music Awards debut with a performance of new single, “Whatcha Know About That.”

  • Megan Moroney

    • Vying for her first CMT belt buckle this year, 2x CMTMA nominee and 2023 CMT Next Women of Country inductee Megan Moroney will treat fans to her hit song “Tennessee Orange” and compete in both “Breakthrough Female Video of the Year” and “CMT Digital First Performance of the Year” categories.

credit: David McClister

  • Nate Smith

    • Powerhouse vocalist and 2023 CMT Listen Up member Nate Smith will make his award show debut with Platinum-certified No. 1 single “Whiskey On You,” which also earned him a first-time nod for “Breakthrough Male Video of the Year.”

Known for spotlighting country’s future superstars, the Ram Trucks Side Stage has featured many notable names who went on to become CMT MUSIC AWARDS winners and main stage performers, including BRELAND, Brothers Osborne, Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Parker McCollum and Thomas Rhett, among many others.

Celebrated for its high-powered, world-premiere and cross-genre performances, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS have aired live since 2005, delivering Nashville’s biggest party to music fans across the globe. The 2022 show, hosted by superstars Anthony Mackie, Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, featured performances from country music’s biggest stars with epic first-time collaborations and cross-genre pairings, including Jimmie Allen, Monica + Little Big Town, Kenny Chesney, Mickey Guyton + Black Pumas, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris + Ryan Hurd, Keith Urban, the last televised performance from legendary duo The Judds, and Carrie Underwood, who remains the most-awarded artist in CMT Awards history with 25 wins.


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