Sportscaster/TV personality Erin Andrews and football superstar J.J. Watt will host the 2016 CMT Music Awards. Concurrent with Wednesday’s (May 25) host announcement, it was also revealed that Cam and pop superstars Fifth Harmony have been added to the list of performers at the show airing live June 8 at 8 p.m. from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The first round of presenters is also confirmed, including actors Vince Vaughn and Rob Riggle, NASCAR driver Danica Patrick, country artists Charles Kelley, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and Kellie Pickler, as well as actors Joey Lauren Adams and Madison Iseman from the new upcoming CMT series Still the King, premiering June 12.
Best known for his defense on the field with the Houston Texans and for her role as a Fox Sports broadcaster and host of Dancing With the Stars, Watt and Andrews are no strangers to intense competitions. This marks Watt’s first time as host, while Andrews returns for a second consecutive year.
Watt was drafted by the Houston Texans with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft and became the most dominant player in the NFL in his first five years, tying an NFL record with three NFL defensive player of the year awards in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Through his Justin J. Watt Foundation, he provided more than $2 million in funding to after-school athletic programs and organizations with insufficient funding. This summer, he will have a role in the movie Bad Moms and will be launching his first-ever collaboration with Reebok to feature his own product line.
A co-host for ABC’s hit show, Dancing With the Stars, Andrews also currently reports as a features host and sideline correspondent for Fox NFL Sunday as a member of Fox Sports “A-Team.” Additionally, she lends her talents reporting for the MLB All Star Game as well as the World Series.
“I’m thrilled to come back to Nashville to co-host the CMT Music Awards,” Andrews said. “I had so much fun last year, and I can’t wait to see what antics J.J. and I will get into together. Plus, there’s nothing better than seeing my favorite country artists get recognized for their great work.”
“Having presented at the CMT Awards last year, I got a first-hand look at the energy and excitement of the event and I am very excited to be involved in a much larger capacity this year as co-host,” Watt added. “There are two things that I know about the people of Nashville: They love country music and they know how to throw a party. When you put those two things together, it makes for one heck of a night. I can’t wait to host the awards with Erin and be part of such a great night, honoring the biggest stars in country music.”
Fans can vote now via CMT.com determine the winners for video of the year. Voting will continue until June 6 at 12:01 a.m. On June 1, CMT will announce a brand new surprise awards category.
Tickets to the 2016 CMT Music Awards are currently on sale via Ticketmaster.