First Performers Revealed for 2010 CMT Music Awards

List includes Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban

Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban are on the first slate of artists confirmed on the 2010 CMT Music Awards taking place June 9. The show will air live at 8 p.m. ET/PT from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

The first round of voting has already begun and runs through May 3 only at CMT.com. Fans will select from the top nominees in each category to determine the finalists. On May 11, CMT will announce the four finalists in each category, except video of the year. Fans can then vote online at CMT.com through June 8 to determine this year’s winners. The final nominees for video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the live show, and fans can then vote at CMT.com and via text message throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.

Fans can get more information as it becomes available on Twitter (@FollowCMT) or become a fan of the CMT Music Awards on Facebook. Also, fans can join the discussion now at CMT.com’s community pages and compare notes about who they want to see on the show, discuss travel plans and more. CMT also offers fans instant updates on their mobile phones via CMT Mobile by texting AWARDS to 32709 (standard rates apply).

Tickets to the ninth annual awards show are sold out, but CMT will be offering opportunities to win tickets through artist fan clubs and partnerships, including a current sweepstakes promotion with the CMA Music Festival.

The 2010 CMT Music Awards kicks off CMT’s “Summer of Music” celebration, coinciding with two of the summer’s most anticipated events for country music fans.¬†With the awards show scheduled for June 9, the CMA Music Festival takes place June 10-13 in downtown Nashville and LP Field. The festival features more than 100 hours of live music, 30 hours of autograph signings, hundreds of artists and celebrities and thousands of country music fans from around the world.

Cast your vote for your favorite country artists.