CMT Awards preview: Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett lead with 4 nominations each

Keith Urban and two rising stars — Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett — head into Wednesday’s CMT Awards with  a leading four nominations each. Among those artists with three bids apiece are all-time CMT champ Carrie Underwood who is looking to add to her record six wins, as well as Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line. (See below for full list of CMT Music Awards nominations.)

All of these artists but Alaina are among the 14 in the running for Video of the Year. Following a month of online balloting, that field will be cut in half at the start of the awards, which air live on CMT beginning at 8 p.m. ET on June 7, with the winner then decided by real-time voting.

“Nashville” star Charles Esten will host the awards. Talent tapped to perform on the show includes Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Miranda Lambert, Rhett, and Blake Shelton.

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Video of the Year
Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Brad Paisley, “Today”
Brett Eldredge, “Wanna Be That Song”
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Cole Swindell, “Middle of a Memory”
Dierks Bentley and Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Luke Bryan, Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”

Male Video of the Year
Blake Shelton, “Came Here to Forget”
Eric Church, “Record Year”
Jason Aldean, “Lights Come On”
Keith Urban, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”
Luke Bryan, “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
Thomas Rhett, “Star of the Show”

Female Video of the Year
Carrie Underwood, “Church Bells”
Kelsea Ballerini, “Peter Pan”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Maren Morris, “’80s Mercedes”
Miranda Lambert, “Vice”
Reba McEntire, “Back to God”

Duo Video of the Year
Big & Rich feat. Tim McGraw “Lovin’ Lately”
Brothers Osborne, “21 Summer”
Dan + Shay, “How Not To”
Florida Georgia Line, “H.O.L.Y.”
LoCash, “I Know Somebody”

Group Video of the Year
Eli Young Band, “Saltwater Gospel”
Lady Antebellum, “You Look Good”
Little Big Town, “Better Man”
Midland, “Drinkin’ Problem”
Old Dominion, “Song for Another Time”

Breakthrough Video of the Year
Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know”
Jon Pardi, “Dirt on My Boots”
Kane Brown, “Used to Love You Sober”
Lauren Alaina, “Road Less Traveled”
Luke Combs, “Hurricane”
RaeLynn, “Love Triangle”

Collaborative Video of the Year
Artists of Then, Now & Forever, “Forever Country”
Chris Young feat. Vince Gill, “Sober Saturday Night”
Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, “Different for Girls”
Florida Georgia Line feat. Tim McGraw, “May We All”
Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”
Kenny Chesney with P!nk, “Setting the World on Fire”

CMT Performance of the Year
Jason Aldean, “Hicktown” (from CMT Concert of the Summer)
Jason Derulo and Luke Bryan, “Want to Want Me” (from CMT Crossroads)
John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker, “Pink Houses” (from CMT Crossroads)
Alicia Keys and Maren Morris, “’80s Mercedes” (from CMT Crossroads)
Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini, “You’re Still the One”/”Any Man of Mine”/”Man! I Feel Like A Woman” (from CMT Artists of the Year)
Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, “Close” (from CMT Crossroads)

Social Superstar of the Year
Brett Eldredge
Jake Owen
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Lauren Alaina
Thomas Rhett

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