CMT Awards 2020: How, When, and Where to Watch

by Halle Ames
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Tonight, all the biggest names in country music will be honored at the 2020 CMT Awards. Here is how, when, and where to watch it all go down…

How, Where, and When to Watch the CMT Awards

The awards will begin on Wednesday, October 21st, (tonight) at 8 p.m. ET and 7 p.m. CT. The original date was for June 3rd, but it had to be rescheduled due to the pandemic.

Numerous different channels will be broadcasting the award show, so you won’t to miss a single category. Tune into either CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop, or TV Land, but if you don’t have cable, you can watch the show with a seven-day free trial with Fubo TV. Hulu and Live TV are also offering a free trial. Seems like too much work? You can log back into this wonderful site ( for updates, reactions, and more on the winners.

Presenters and Performances

The show will be hosted by Kane Brown, Ashley McBryde, and actress Sarah Hyland.

Performances will be prerecorded in locations primarily in and around the Nashville area. And while that probably ensures that there won’t be any wardrobe malfunctions or tripping mishaps, you can still watch the top-notch lineup of artists. They include Maren Morris, Luke Combs with Brooks & Dunn, Morgan Wallen, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Kane Brown, Jimmie Allen, and Noah Cyrus, and Kelsea Ballerini and Halsey. Shania Twain also makes her first CMT Music Awards performance since 2011, which we are very excited for.

Awards and Categories

Jennifer Nettles, the lead vocalist for Sugarland, will be presented with the first-ever ‘CMT Equal Play Award’. The award was created to help get more women and diversity in Country music.

Award categories will include, Video of the Year, Male Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, Group Video of the Year, Duo Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video of the Year, Collaborative Video of the Year, Quarantine Video of the Year, as well as CMT Performance of the Year.

Currently, Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Sam Hunt, and Thomas Rhett all have three nominations each.

In addition, the most coveted award, Video of the Year, had been narrowed down to six finalists. They include Carrie Underwood for her song “Drinking Alone,” Keith Urban’s “Polaroid,” “Homecoming Queen?” by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs with “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” Miranda Lambert’s “Bluebird,” and Tanya Tucker with her song “Bring My Flowers Now.”

[H/T Rolling Stone]