CMT Equal Play Award
Jennifer Nettles will receive the inaugural CMT Equal Play Award at the CMT Music Awards 2020. CMT's Equal Play initiative was launched in 2019 in response to the lack of female representation in country music, specifically radio and streaming services. CMT Equal Play was designed to encourage measurable industry-wide action and create a path for parity in 2020 Jennifer Nettles is a superstar entertainer on multiple platforms who most recently portrayed Aimee-Leigh Gemstone on HBO's hit series "The Righteous Gemstones" and delivered a powerful and provocative performance in the Focus Features Harriet Tubman biopic "Harriet." In 2019, Jennifer released an EP titled "I Can Do Hard Things." Previously, she released two solo albums titled "Playing with Fire" and "To Celebrate Christmas," as well as a Sugarland album named "Bigger." Sugarland's song "Stay" was a platinum No. 1 hit that earned two GRAMMY Awards for Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group, and Jennifer earned another GRAMMY for her collaboration with Bon Jovi on "Who Says You Can't Go Home." Her other achievements in music include five ASCAP awards, three ACM Awards, a CMA Award, the Human Rights Campaign's Ally for Equality Award and the Artist Impact Award from Lincoln Center. Jennifer made her Broadway debut in 2015 as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking musical "Chicago" and starred as Donna in the Hollywood Bowl's summer production of "Mamma Mia!"