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Superstar Collaborations Revealed for 2017 CMT Music Awards

Pairings Include Chainsmokers/Florida Georgia Line and Earth, Wind & Fire/Lady Antebellum

The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line will deliver their first TV performance together at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Additionally, Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on a genre-bending jam with Lady Antebellum during the awards show airing live from Nashville on June 7.

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s first-ever performance on any CMT stage was also revealed Wednesday (May 24).

The six acts join previously-announced superstars Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett for the awards show at Nashville’s Music City Center. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the near future.

The involvement of the Chainsmokers and Earth, Wind & Fire builds upon the network’s history of superstar cross-genre pairings on the awards show, along with CMT Crossroads and the annual CMT Artists of the Year specials.

The Chainsmokers received a Grammy for best dance recording for “Don’t Let Me Down” and also gained an international reputation for his such as “#Selfie” and “Closer.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 21: (L-R) Musicians Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers, Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line and Alex Pall of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 21, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp) John Shearer/BBMA2017/Getty Images for dcp

Since releasing their debut album in 1971, Earth, Wind & Fire’s blend of R&B, funk, jazz and rock has netted American music classics such as “Shining Star,” “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “After the Love Has Gone” and “Let’s Groove.”

NEW ORLEANS, LA - MAY 05:  Earth, Wind & Fire performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fair Grounds Race Course on May 5, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images) Josh Brasted/Getty Images

Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten, this year’s CMT Music Awards show finds breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations at the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

Fans can vote for their favorites now via CMT.com until June 5 for categories including Breakthrough Video of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year, CMT Performance of the Year and Social Superstar of the Year.

The top seven finalists for the night’s biggest award, the highly-coveted Video of the Year, will be revealed the morning of June 7. Fans will be able to vote live for the winner.

The 2017 CMT Music Awards premieres June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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