Reba, Dustin Lunch among added star power to CMT Awards

The 2017 CMT Awards will celebrate country music in a big way.

Meanwhile, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley will headline a tribute to late southern rocker Gregg Allman, who died last month (May17). "Thanks for the music and thanks for making me believe I could achieve my music dreams too".

Blake Shelton is also set to sing at the ceremony, as well as Brett Eldredge, the Chainsmokers, Miranda Lambert and country singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett.

This year's awards will air live from Nashville on CMT on Wednesday, June 7 at 8 p.m. EST. The happy-go-lucky host was all smiles when he was joined by his partner Michael Trea Smith at the country music award show.

Who is hosting the CMT Music Awards? The other nominees in this top category are Carrie Underwood, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and the CMA-produced 50th anniversary video featuring an all-star cast billed as Artists of Then, Now & Forever.

Country star Jason Alden announced that he's playing a surprise show in Nashville Wednesday night.

This year's list of up-and-comers has been revealed.

"I was just saying Nashville is unbelievable and the food is incredible and if I lived here, I would literally be 300 pounds", the singer, 27, told CMT, sharing that he's been eating "brisket, barbecue and fried fish".

On Tuesday, Lambert shared on Instagram a photo of herself and half a dozen or so other people, all of whom were stuck in an elevator at rehearsals for the 2017 CMT Music Awards.

If you head over to the network's official Facebook Page, there is going to be a stream for the red carpet starting at around 4:00 p.m. Maybe yours will be chosen to be asked live!

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