CMT Music Awards Headed To Texas In 2023, Kelsea Ballerini To Return As Co-Host

The CMT Music Awards are moving to Texas next year. The show will air live on CBS on April 2, 2023, from Austin, Texas’ Moody Center and be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Kelsea Ballerini will return as CMT Music Awards co-host for the third year. The news was revealed by Ballerini during a surprise on-stage appearance with Carrie Underwood at her “The Denim & Rhinestones Tour” stop in Austin at Moody Center. Underwood, the most successful artist in CMT history, will also perform at the event.

“Both Austin and Nashville are two of the world’s greatest music cities, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce the return of the CMT Music Awards on CBS than with co-host Kelsea Ballerini surprising Carrie Underwood, our most awarded artist, in the middle of her incredible live performance at Moody Center – the exact venue where we’ll all be back exactly five months from today,” said Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin, Leslie Fram and Jason Owen, Executive Producers of the CMT Music Awards.

“This event will have not only a huge financial impact on Austin and its tourism industry, but it will also showcase two of the top music brands globally, Austin as The Live Music Capital of the World and Country Music Television,” added Tom Noonan, President & CEO of Austin CVB.

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