2022 ‘CMT Music Awards’ Details And Nominees, On CBS and Paramount+

Award season continues on television as the CMT Awards for 2022 make music history.

On the heels of the news that Naomi and Wynonna Judd are performing together on stage at the 2022 Country Music Television awards comes more firsts. This mother-daughter duo has not performed together in more than 20 years.  Recent TV work outside of music performances for Naomi Judd includes her role in Ruby for Lifetime.

This country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show. The CMT Awards is a first for CBS and Paramount+, who will air the broadcast on April 11. The latter is where the show will stream live and on-demand, only on Paramount+ for Premium subscribers, in addition to being broadcast live on the CBS Television Network.*

Also, CMT added performers Mickey Guyton, Black Pumas, Old Dominion, and Carrie Underwood to the lineup for the show.

Fans can vote for their picks here.

The 2022 CMT Awards Categories and Genre Crossing

Black Pumas are up for a CMT Award. Pic credit: CMT/Jody Domingue

To date. artist Kane Brown has four nominations, and BRELAND and Cody Johnson have three each. Brown leads this year’s voting pool with four nominations, including Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year, and CMT Performance of the Year.

Ten first-time nominees as the CMT Music Awards spotlights the next generation of country stars.

Hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie, the live show airs from Nashville and is the inaugural broadcast of the awards show on the CBS Television Network.

This year, artists with three nods include female powerhouses Kelsea Ballerini and Mickey Guyton, plus two first-time nominees, BRELAND and Cody Johnson.

Facing off for the night’s biggest award: Brandi Carlile, Cody Johnson, Cole Swindell & Lainey Wilson, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini feat. Kenny Chesney, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, and Taylor Swift feat. Chris Stapleton.

New category: CMT Digital-First Performance of the Year has been added to the category lineup, recognizing artist performances created for CMT Digital throughout the year, with Brittney Spencer, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Jon Pardi, Josh Turner, and Lainey Wilson competing for the inaugural award.

Genre crossing: CMT has ten first-time nominees: BRELAND, Brittney Spencer, Cody Johnson, Caitlyn Smith, Elvie Shane, MacKenzie Porter, Priscilla Block, and Tenille Arts. Both H.E.R. and Paul Klein of LANY are also nominated for the first time, as the show will honor outside musical genres. Nelly and Gladys Knight are also nominees.

Next wave: Breakthrough Video of the Year nominees include: BRELAND, Caitlyn Smith feat. Old Dominion, Elvie Shane, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, and Tenille Arts.

The nominees for the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are:


Brandi Carlile – “Right On Time”
Cody Johnson – “‘Til You Can’t”
Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson – “Never Say Never”
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Kane Brown – “One Mississippi”
Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney – “half of my hometown”
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”
Mickey Guyton – “Remember Her Name”
Miranda Lambert – “If I Was A Cowboy”
Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton – “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)”


Brandi Carlile – “Right On Time”
Gabby Barrett – “Footprints On The Moon”
Kacey Musgraves – “justified”
Maren Morris – “Circles Around This Town”
Mickey Guyton – “Remember Her Name”
Miranda Lambert – “If I Was A Cowboy”
Tenille Arts – “Back Then, Right Now”


Cody Johnson – “’ Til You Can’t”
Eric Church – “Heart On Fire”
Kane Brown – “One Mississippi”
Luke Bryan – “Waves”
Luke Combs – “Forever After All”
Thomas Rhett – “Country Again”
Walker Hayes – “Fancy Like”


Brothers Osborne – “I’m Not For Everyone”
Dan + Shay – “Steal My Love”
Maddie & Tae – “Woman You Got”
Old Dominion – “I Was On a Boat That Day”
Parmalee – “Take My Name”
Zac Brown Band – “Same Boat”


BRELAND – “Cross Country”
Caitlyn Smith featuring Old Dominion – “I Can’t”
Elvie Shane – “My Boy”
Parker McCollum – “To Be Loved By You”
Priscilla Block – “Just About Over You”
Tenille Arts – “Back Then, Right Now”


Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde – “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”
Dustin Lynch feat. MacKenzie Porter – “Thinking ‘Bout You”
Nelly and Florida Georgia Line – “Lil Bit”
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood – “If I Didn’t Love You”
Jimmie Allen and Brad Paisley – “Freedom Was A Highway”
Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan – “Buy Dirt”
Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney – “half of my hometown”


Brothers Osborne – “Muskrat Greene/Dead Man’s Curve Medley (from CMT Campfire Sessions)”
George Strait – “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone (from CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride)”
H.E.R. feat. Chris Stapleton – “Hold On (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Kane Brown – “Three Wooden Crosses (from 2021 CMT Artists of the Year)”
Kelsea Ballerini feat. Paul Klein of LANY – “I Quit Drinking (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Mickey Guyton feat. Gladys Knight & BRELAND – “Friendship Train (from 2021 CMT Music Awards)”
Nelly feat. Kane Brown, Blanco Brown & BRELAND – “Ride Wit Me (from CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends)”


Brittney Spencer “Sober & Skinny” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
Carly Pearce – “Dear Miss Loretta” (from CMT:60 Songs)
Cody Johnson – “Dear Rodeo” (from CMT Campfire Sessions)
Jon Pardi -“On The Other Hand / Forever and Ever, Amen” (in honor of 2021 CMT Artist of a Lifetime Randy Travis)
Josh Turner LIVE (from CMT KickBack)
Lainey Wilson – “Things A Man Oughta Know” (from the CMT Studio)

The 2022 CMT Music Awards will air on the CBS Television Network and Paramount+ on Monday, April 11, 2022, from 8 pm – 11 pm ET/delayed PT. #CMTawards 

*Official sponsors include Fritos, SONIC, Ram Truck Brand, and Verizon.

*CMT will additionally air CMT MUSIC AWARDS EXTENDED CUT with an added 30 minutes of new performances and bonus content, Friday, April 15 (8:00-11:30 PM, ET), as part of CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK. Additional details will be announced at a later date.

April Neale

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