‘CMT Music Awards’ Moving to Austin From Nashville for 2023 Telecast
CMT and CBS introduced Wednesday night time that the “CMT Music Awards” will transfer from its conventional house base in Nashville to Austin for 2023, with the published going down from that metropolis’s Moody Center subsequent April 2.
The information means the CMA Awards telecast (which is able to air on ABC on Nov. 9) is now the one one of many three main nation music awards reveals nonetheless going down in Nashville — with the opposite two all of a sudden each destined for Texas. The third present within the trio, the ACM Awards, which aired from Nashville throughout the pandemic however has in any other case had the out-of-town novelty issue of airing from Las Vegas in recent times, lately introduced a transfer to Dallas for 2023.
The CMT/CBS announcement was made at a Carrie Underwood live performance on the new facility, the place the star was joined on stage by Kelsea Ballerini, who will return for her third yr as co-host. As a part of the present’s interlude (pictured above), Ballerina offered Underwood with an enormous, probably unusable belt buckle commemorating her 25 earlier CMT awards, essentially the most within the present’s historical past. Underwood was additionally revealed as the primary official performer for the 2023 present, 5 months out.
The transfer to Austin from the longtime Nashville house of “The CMT Music Awards” comes as CBS prepares to host the present’s premiere for the second yr in a row, with broadcasts to comply with on CMT and different Paramount Global platforms. Not surprisingly, the transfer to a serious broadcast outlet for the present’s 2022 premiere resulted in an enormous improve in preliminary viewership, up 529% from 2021, when the present final premiered on CMT.
An announcement from the Moody Center indicated that luring the CMT Awards to Austin had been a number of years within the making. Said Michael Owens, VP of venue programming, “The programming staff at Oak View Group and Moody Center has spent the final two years cultivating this relationship and dealing to endear CMT, CBS and Paramount to Austin and the sector our new world class. . CMT’s dedication to Austin displays these efforts, and we could not be extra grateful and excited to welcome them subsequent yr.
The line-up of govt producers for the 2023 version stays the identical as for 2022: Margaret Comeaux and Leslie Fram of CMT, John Hamlin and Jason Owen of Sandbox Entertainment, which lately planted its flag in tv (with Monarch Fox’s) as effectively. as inventive administration. Comeaux, Fram and Owen simply shared govt producer duties on Sunday night time’s Loretta Lynn memorial live performance, which introduced CMT its highest rankings for an unique program in 4 years.
In a joint assertion, the manager producers wrote: “Both Austin and Nashville are two of the largest music cities on the planet… Our followers are in for an unforgettable night time of music with many surprises because the Capital of Live Music meets for the primary time with Music City. time ever on a nationwide stage in what might be a real nation music extravaganza.”
The CMT Music Awards grew to become CBS’s flagship nation music broadcast after years of airing the ACMs, a relationship that ended with that present’s telecast in 2021. In July, Amazon and the ACM introduced a transfer to an enviornment of the Dallas space for 2023; that present’s air date might be May 11, 2023, simply over a month after CMT’s exit from Austin.