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World Premieres Revealed for 2018 CMT Music Awards

Hear New Music Live by Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Florida Georgia Line and More

The 2018 CMT Music Awards will be the No. 1 place to see summer’s hottest new music live on a world stage.

Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook will host the event at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday (June 6) at 8 p.m. ET.

The three-time nominees will light up the stage with the world premiere performance of their new single “Summer Fever.” Florida Georgia Line will deliver the world premiere of “Simple,” a new song from their upcoming fourth album. Sam Hunt will return to the CMT Music Awards for the world premiere of “Downtown’s Dead.”

Brothers Osborne’s T.J. and John Osborne will guest on “Burning Man” from Dierks Bentley’s The Mountain (out June 8). Georgia singers Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Charles Kelley share the stage with Darius Rucker on his version of the Drivin’ N Cryin’ song “Straight to Hell” from Rucker’s When Was the Last Time.

Nominees Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean and Howie Dorough will perform the world premiere of the Backstreet Boys’ new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.”

As previously announced, Kelly Clarkson will premiere a new version of The Guess Who’s “American Woman,” the official theme of the upcoming Paramount Network series of the same title premiering on June 7 at 10 p.m. ET.
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They join previously announced performers Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini and more.

Shelton and Hoda Kotb will announce the finalists for video of the year live from Shelton’s Ole Red bar in Nashville on Wednesday morning’s (June 6) Today show. Voting will continue through the ceremony via Twitter. Join the conversation by following @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #CMTawards and liking the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.