Everyone knows about the MTV Moonman, but the CMT Buckle has become a coveted accessory for more than just traditional country artists. June 5 marks the 12th annual "CMT Music Awards," and both nominees and attendees will represent all reaches of television, film, and music.
While the show may be must-see TV for country music fans, CMT is going out of its way to attract fans of all genres. Here are five reasons to tune in:
1. The odd couple of award-show hosts
Kristen Bell is returning for a second year of emceeing and will be joined by country superstar Jason Aldean. Last year, Bell's antics stole the show. Whether she's trying to sing her way into the Pistol Annies or pick up a country heartthrob, Bell can be counted on to bring the laughs and keep the show moving.
2. Keith Urban back at his day job
Yes, it looks like "American Idol" is going in a different direction next season, but catch the former judge getting back to his roots. Even after throat surgery, Keith still sounds great and knows how to rile up a crowd.
3. Hootie without his Blowfish
If you haven't heard, Hootie (aka Darius Rucker) has made quite a name for himself with the country music set. With multiple No. 1 singles under his belt and a growing fan base, Rucker is scheduled to perform with some special guests.
4. An awards show without so many pesky awards
It seems that CMT decides to hand out fewer buckles every year. At this point, there are just eight trophies, which means that this is basically a concert. Don't discount the importance of the awards, though; they are fan-voted, and sometimes, there can be big surprises.
5. Unexpected faces
Scheduled performers include country award-show staples Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, but the real showstoppers will be the Nashville visitors. Both Nelly and Lenny Kravitz were last-minute additions to the performer list. Presenters include a different kind of visitor from "Nashville": Charles Esten will represent the hit ABC drama as a presenter.
The CMT Music Awards air live on Wednesday, 6/5 at 8 PM ET on CMT.
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