How to Watch the 2023 CMT Music Awards

The show will air live from Austin, TX, on Sunday, April 2nd.

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the 2023 CMT Music Awards, which is airing from the "live music capital of the world," Austin, TX. 

CMT Music Awards weekend is finally here, and while you're busy planning your watch party, it might be good to figure out how you will be tuning in for the actual ceremony come Sunday night. 

The 2023 CMT Music Awards will air live from the Moody Center in Austin, TX, this Sunday, April 2 from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. It will also be streamed live and on-demand on Paramount+ (Paramount+ Premium subscribers can stream via the live feed from their local CBS affiliate on the service). 

Leading up to the annual fan-voted awards, there will be live red carpet coverage hosted by Cody Alan, Carissa Culiner, and Marley Sherwood, where viewers will get to see a cavalcade of country stars as they arrive for the big night. Not only will there be interviews with singers and celebs, Midland & Jon Pardi will get the pre-show party started, with a live performance of their nominated song, “Longneck Way To Go.” The red carpet will air on CMT and CMT's YouTube.

If the red carpet and actual awards show aren't enough to fill your ten-gallon hat, an extended cut of the 2023 CMT Music Awards, featuring 30 extra minutes of new performances and bonus content, will air Thursday, April 6 at 8 p.m. on CMT.

As CMT previously reported, Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown are returning as hosts for the awards, with performances from Alanis Morissette with Ingrid Andress, Lainey Wilson, Madeline Edwards and Morgan Wade, Blake Shelton, Carly Pearce, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Gwen Stefani with Carly Pearce, Jelly Roll, Kane Brown with Katelyn Brown, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Lainey Wilson, The Black Crowes and Darius Rucker, Tyler Hubbard, and Wynonna Judd with Ashley McBryde. Avery Anna, Chapel Hart, Jackson Dean, Lily Rose, Megan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

Top nominees are Lainey Wilson with four nods and Johnson, co-host Kane Brown and first-time nominee Jelly Roll with three each. Shania Twain will receive the Equal Play Award.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards air live Sunday, April 2 at 8 p.m. on CBS and Paramount+.