Billy Ray Cyrus and his daughter, Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus, will host the 2008 CMT Music Awards, the show’s organizers announced Tuesday (Feb. 26). Additionally, the two will also perform during the awards show airing live on April 14 from The Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville.
“Miley and I are so excited to be hosting the CMT Music Awards,” he says. “We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances.”
CMT’s seventh annual awards show honors country music’s elite for the year’s most outstanding music videos and performances and continues to be the genre’s only fan-voted awards. Previously-announced performers include Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith. Other performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
In 1992, Cyrus took the country world by storm with the breakout single, “Achy, Breaky Heart,” which drove his debut album, Some Gave All, to sell more than 9 million copies. His TV work includes starring roles on the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and his Pax network series, Doc. Last year, he was featured in ABC’s Dancing With the Stars and most recently on the CMT reality series, Home at Last. Cyrus’ latest Top 5 single from his Home at Last album is “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” a duet with Miley. He will soon begin production on The Hannah Montana Movie and in addition to co-starring alongside daughter Miley, he will also serve as the feature film’s co-producer. He will be featured in two films scheduled for release later — Flying By (co-starring Heather Locklear) and Bait Shop (co-starring Bill Engvall).
Miley Cyrus has captivated kids and families on Disney Channel’s smash hit comedy series Hannah Montana, the No. 1 cable TV series for kids age 6-14. Released in 2006, her triple-platinum Hannah Montana soundtrack album became the first-ever TV soundtrack to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. In 2007, the 15-year-old followed that record with a two-disc set, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus, which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and has since earned triple-platinum status. In late January, she completed a 70-date sold-out concert tour and by mid-February had the No. 1 film in the country with the Walt Disney Pictures 3D release, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert. Miley is currently writing material for her forthcoming studio album due later this year on Hollywood Records.
Both Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus are scheduled to begin production in Nashville this spring on The Hannah Montana Movie to be followed by the taping of the third season of the Hannah Montana TV series.
Voting is underway for the 2008 CMT Music Awards.