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Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie To Host 2022 CMT Music Awards

15 March 2022 | 10:37 am | Mallory Arbour

Originally scheduled to air on April 3, the change in date for the Grammy Awards led the CMT Awards being pushed back to the later date in April.

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CMT has announced Kelsea Ballerini and Marvel Cinematic Universe actor Anthony Mackie will host the 2022 CMT Music Awards on April 11. The two-hour show will feature unexpected, cross-genre performances from various locations around Nashville.

The CMT Music Awards, which bills itself as “country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show,” were originally set to take place April 3, but were pushed back in February after the 64th annual Grammy Awards were rescheduled to the same date.

Ballerini said in a press release, "I'm thrilled to be returning as host at this year's CMT Awards with Anthony Mackie! This award show is always a special one, as it revolves around the fans and celebrates their favourite artists... It's going to be a big one and I can't wait!"

While Ballerini hosted in 2021 alongside Kane Brown, 2022 is Mackie’s first time in the role. However, he appeared at 2021's event, presenting the ‘Video of the Year’ award last year to Carrie Underwood for her song Hallelujah with John Legend.

Regarding returning as host, Mackie stated, "I had the pleasure of presenting at last year's CMT Music Awards and received the warmest welcome from the country music community and the city of Nashville. I can't wait to get back to Music City to co-host this year's awards with the amazing Kelsea Ballerini."

Nominations for the 2022 CMT Music Awards will be announced on Wednesday, March 16. Fan voting at vote.cmt.com will begin simultaneously and run through Monday, April 4. 

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Performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pair one of the biggest names in country music with one of the world’s most electrifying superheroes to host our biggest CMT Music Awards ever,” shared Margaret Comeaux, John Hamlin and Leslie Fram, Executive Producers, CMT Music Awards. “Kelsea and Anthony are each wildly successful in their own right and combined, bring mega star power that transcends the worlds of music, film and pop culture with a supersized fan base.”

For more information about the 2022 CMT Music Awards, go here

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