CMT Music Awards: Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett Top Noms

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From left: Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett

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Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett lead the nominations for the 2017 CMT Music Awards, which were announced Tuesday.

The trio earned four noms apiece for the fan-voted awards. All three are nominated for video of the year, where they will vie with several other country music artists, including Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan. The top seven nominees from that group (14 in total) will be announced at the start of the show, with fans then able to vote live for the winner.

Urban and Rhett also will compete against each other for male video of the year and social superstar of the year. Ballerini also is up for female video of the year and social superstar.

First-time nominees this year include Brett Young, Chris Young, Jon Pardi and Midland.

The awards show, hosted by Nashville‘s Charles Esten, will air live from Nashville at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesday, June 7, on CMT. Performers will include Blake Shelton, Eldredge,  Bryan, Lambert and Rhett. Voting starts Tuesday on CMT.com.

On Monday, CMT announced that the show will move from the Bridgestone Arena to Nashville’s Music City Center given that the town’s NHL team, the Predators, which plays in the Bridgestone Arena, have advanced to the Western Conference Final.

A full list of nominees follows.



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