The stage at the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards will be ablaze with performances from the hottest country stars at country music's only fan-voted awards show, airing live from Nashville on Wednesday, April 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. Stars Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban have been added to the already sizzling lineup of performers including host Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Sheryl Crow, Toby Keith and Martina McBride.
Just two albums into their remarkable career, Jay DeMarcus, Gary LeVox, and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts have enjoyed one of the fastest and most spectacular rises in recent memory. They were named 2003 vocal group of the year by the CMA, the ACM and ASCAP, received the ACM's song of the year award for "I'm Movin' On" and garnered the fan-voted CMT 2003 Flame Worthy Video Music Award for favorite group or duo for their "These Days" video. The CMT Most Wanted Live tour 2003 featuring Rascal Flatts played to sold-out crowds in every city it hit, and their 2004 Melt Tour is repeating that precedent. The trio's second CD, Melt, which is now certified double platinum, has thus far produced four smash singles -- "These Days," "Love You Out Loud," "I Melt" and "Mayberry," which has become their fastest-climbing single ever.
Keith Urban has risen to the top of the country music scene with a reputation as a top-notch singer songwriter and musician, logging six consecutive Top 5 country singles, a streak that has included three No. 1 songs and three consecutive No. 1 CMT music videos. In 2003 he was named the most played country music artist by Billboard magazine. Keith's self-titled solo debut, released in 2001, earned him the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for best new artist, the Academy of Country Music Award nod for top new male vocalist, as well as a Grammy Award nomination.
In its third year, the CMT Flame Worthy Video Music Awards has rapidly become a fan favorite. The CMT 2003 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards premiere is the highest rated telecast in CMT history among viewers ages 18-49. On the 2003 premiere date, more than 8.3 million viewers watched the live awards show and related Flame Worthy programs.