CMT announced today that American Idol Season 12 runner-up Kree Harrison and Voice Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope will perform on the Nationwide Insurance Stage at the CMT Awards on June 5th. As has been the case in previous years, when Lauren Alaina, Casey James, and Scotty McCreery performed on that stage at the 2012 CMT Music Awards, these performances will be short “bumper” performances that air as the CMT Awards go to commercial.
For Kree, this performance will come the day after she fulfills a longtime dream by making her debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Kree’s busy week at CMA Music Fest will continue when she plays for Team Opry at the City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge on Saturday, June 8th, facing off against Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery among others on Team After Midnite.
Season 4 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood (a nominee for Video Of The Year and Female Video Of The Year) and Season 12 American Idol judge Keith Urban are scheduled to perform on the CMT Awards main stage. Season 1 AI winner Kelly Clarkson is also nominated (for Collaborative Video Of The Year).
From the CMT press release:
NASHVILLE – May 29, 2013 – The 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is adding even more performers to an already-packed night of music as Ashley Monroe, Cassadee Pope, Dustin Lynch, Kree Harrison, Love and Theft and Randy Houser are set to perform on the Nationwide Insurance stage. For the sixth year in a row, Nationwide Insurance will be prominently featured throughout the night on a branded performance stage resembling its blue frame logo. The 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS airs LIVE on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.
As part of their sponsorship, Nationwide will award the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side® Award to country music’s best new live act as determined by the fans. Fans can watch their videos and vote through June 2 at CMT.com for nominees Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Kip Moore and Lee Brice.
Hosted by Jason Aldean and Kristen Bell, the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will include performances by Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, George Strait, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift. Fans can vote online now at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 2 to determine the winners. The six finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s big winner.
Prior to the main event, the hottest stars in country, rock and pop culture entertainment will step out in their designer best at the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET, hosted by CMT’s Cody Alan, Katie Cook and Allison DeMarcus LIVE on Wednesday, June 5 at 7:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. The CMT hosts will report live from the star-studded red carpet with exclusive interviews, candid moments and a first look at the fashion choices of the night’s biggest stars.
Veteran live event producer Michael Dempsey returns to executive produce the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.
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For the fourth year, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS will be broadcast on the Armed Forces Network to our deployed men and women in the military all over the world.