The Country Music Television (CMT) Music Awards are here.
The star-studded event kicked off from Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday evening with a performance by Lady A. The trio was joined onstage by Carly Pearce and Lindsay Ell.
Ell stepped in after Gabby Barrett bowed out, citing “personal circumstances.”
Cameras then took viewers to a farm where Chris Stapleton performed “Arkansas.”
Following the two performances, hosts Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini took the stage. “After this year … I’m thirsty for a great party,” Brown said.
The first award of the night – group duo video of the year — went to Little Big Town for “Wine, Beer, Whiskey.”
“This is awesome. First of all, we’re back and making music people,” Kimberly Schlapman yelled, referring to the pandemic.
“I know you like drinking songs,” Karen Fairchild added.
Hailey Whitters then took the stage to sing her hit “Fillin’ My Cup.”
The CMT Music Awards will honor acts in country music but will also share its stage with pop and R&B stars, including Gladys Knight, Pink, John Legend, Halsey, H.E.R. and Noah Cyrus.
Knight and Mickey Guyton will perform together and Stapleton and fellow guitar slayer H.E.R. are joining forces onstage at Wednesday’s show celebrating the year’s best country music videos.
Both Maren Morris and Barrett were originally set to perform at the CMT Awards but backed out.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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