Carrie Underwood Is The First CMT Music Awards 2023 Performer

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CMT and CBS have announced that the 2023 CMT Music Awards, will air Sunday, April 2, 2023 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) LIVE from Austin, Texas.

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Kelsea Ballerini appeared in Austin last night, November 2, during Carrie Underwood's announcement that she will be performing at the event.

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Underwood, the title of winningest artist in CMT history with a total of 25 trophies, was announced as the first performer for the 2023 show.

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Due to a positive COVID-19 test, Kelsey was forced to co-host this year's event from home, with Ken Brown and Anthony Mackie on the ground.

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"Both Austin and Nashville are two of the best music cities in the world," CMT Awards executive producers said in a press release.

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The return of the CMT Music Awards on CBS then with co-host Kelsea Ballerini surprising Carrie Underwood, in the middle of a live performance at Moody Center

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They also said, "The exact venue where we'll all be back exactly five months from today!"

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“We are beyond thrilled to welcome the CMT Music Awards to Moody Center in 2023! This event will have not only a huge financial impact on Austin” says President & CEO, of Austin CVB.

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