Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown + More Performing for Free Before 2019 CMT Awards
Underwood, Brown, Dan + Shay, Toby Keith and Cole Swindell are all slated to perform in downtown Nashville at no charge on Wednesday evening (June 5) in advance of the awards show, Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reports.
Underwood is slated to perform one song on the steps of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and organizers are asking fans to arrive by 7PM.
Brown, Keith, Swindell and Dan + Shay will all perform outside the Bridgestone Arena, where the 2019 CMT Awards are set to take place Wednesday night. Fans need to arrive by 6:30PM, and the performances will kick off at 7PM. No tickets are required for any of the outdoor pre-show performances.
Underwood and Brown are among the nominees in several of the biggest categories in the 2019 CMT Awards. Underwood is nominated for Video of the Year for "Cry Pretty" and Female Video for "Love Wins," while Brown is up for Video of the Year for "Good as You" and Male Video for "Lose It."
Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert and Zac Brown Band scored the most nominations in 2019, with three apiece. Brandi Carlile, Swindell, Dan + Shay, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Julia Michaels, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Eric Church and Kelsea Ballerini are also nominated multiple times in the 2019 CMT Awards.
Underwood, Brown, Keith, Swindell and Dan + Shay are all slated to perform during the awards broadcast as well, along with Luke Combs, Keith Urban, Brandi Carlile, Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Zac Brown Band and more. Carlile will team with Tanya Tucker for a joint performance, while Brett Young and Boyz II Men will perform together. Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town and Trombone Shorty will collaborate, and Sheryl Crow will perform with Maren Morris and Mavis Staples.
Little Big Town are returning to host the CMT Awards again in 2019. The ceremony is set to broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday at 8PM ET.
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