“CMT Remembers: Naomi Judd” to Honor Late Country Music Legend on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9P/8C





“CMT Remembers: Naomi Judd” to Honor Late Country Music Legend on Tuesday, May 3rd at 9P/8C
The half-hour event is a celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of the legendary Naomi Judd, one half of country music’s iconic mother-daughter duo, The Judds.
[via press release from CMT]
“CMT REMEMBERS: NAOMI JUDD” TO HONOR LATE COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND ON TUESDAY, MAY 3RD AT 9P/8C

The Judds’ final performance of “Love Can Build A Bridge” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS to air every hour on CMT, CMT Music and Pluto TV during Music Video Hours

WHAT: CMT REMEMBERS: NAOMI JUDD” is a celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of the legendary Naomi Judd, one half of country music’s iconic mother-daughter duo, The Judds. Featuring archival footage and interviews blended alongside memorable performances and moments from the past several decades of her career, the half-hour event recounts Naomi’s storied past as a trailblazer for women in country music and path to becoming one of the most successful duos in country music history. From a comprehensive overview of The Judds’ early beginnings and family dynamics to Naomi’s career post-The Judds before the GRAMMY-winning pair’s reunion in 2022, the special will also feature Naomi’s final interview on the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS red carpet earlier this month and include coverage of last night’s emotional induction ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Additionally, CMT will air The Judds’ final performance of international hit and chart-topping single, “Love Can Build A Bridge,” from the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS every hour during music hours on CMT, CMT Music and CMT Pluto channels this week. Watch the full performance here.

WHO: The special will include appearances, commentary and reactions from Loretta Lynn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, daughter Wynonna and more.

WHEN + WHERE: Airs Tuesday, May 3rd at 9p/8c on CMT. The special will receive four encore presentations: Wednesday, May 4th at 8:30a/7:30c (CMT) and 8p/7c (CMT Music); Saturday, May 7th at 12p/11c (CMT) and Sunday, May 8th at 11a/10c (CMT Music).

MORE INFO: For more information, visit CMT.com and follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok.



CMT Kicks Off First-Ever “CMT Music Awards Week” with Live Original Programming





CMT Kicks Off First-Ever “CMT Music Awards Week” with Live Original Programming, All-New Performances and Multiple Awards-Themed Specials
The week kicks off with “Hot 20 Countdown Live,” the series’ first-ever live special, followed by the official “CMT Music Awards Nominee Special” and the “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special,” giving fans a front row seat to all the pre-show excitement.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT kicks off first-ever “CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK” with live original programming, all-new performances and multiple awards-themed specials

“Hot 20 Countdown LIVE,” “CMT Music Awards Nominee Special” and “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special” added to stacked week of star-studded programming

Country star Jordan Davis set to perform LIVE from the “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special”

NASHVILLE, TN – (March 31, 2022) – CMT today announced a slew of star-studded specials slated for the first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK, taking place Saturday, April 9th – Friday, April 15th. The week kicks off with “Hot 20 Countdown LIVE,” the series’ first-ever LIVE special, followed by the official “CMT Music Awards Nominee Special” and the “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special,” giving fans a front row seat to all the pre-show excitement in preparation for the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on CBS on Monday, April 11th (8:00-11:00 PM LIVE ET/delayed PT).

Joining CMT’s longtime host Cody Alan as co-host for the various CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK specials is Carissa Culiner, CMT’s newest face who hails from morning entertainment series E! Daily Pop; Joining them for “Hot 20 Countdown Live” is correspondent Rissi Palmer; Ashley ShahAhmadi will join the CMT Hot 20 Team as special correspondent during the Red Carpet Special.

· “HOT 20 COUNTDOWN LIVE” – April 9th at 9a/8c

“CMT Hot 20 Countdown” goes LIVE for the first time from downtown Nashville with a three-hour special hosted by Cody Alan, Rissi Palmer and Carissa Culiner*. CMT MUSIC AWARDS co-host KELSEA BALLERINI provides a sneak peek of the upcoming show, while CARRIE UNDERWOOD, the MVP of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS talks about her 23-award winning streak from her Las Vegas residency. “Hot 20” provides more behind-the-scenes action as hosts go backstage at show rehearsals and count down the week’s top music videos, with special appearances by BLAKE SHELTON and JIMMIE ALLEN, and performances from TENILLE ARTS, CHAPEL HART, RISSI PALMER and ELVIE SHANE.

Production Credits: CMT’s Quinn Brown serves as Executive Producer. Ray Sells, Nicole Melton, Jennifer Devault and Dan Clark serve as Supervising Producers. Erin Mercer is Production Manager. Heather Graffagnino is Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent. Donna Duncan is Director of Talent. Directed by Don Carr.

· “CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION SPECIAL” – April 10th at 9p/8c

CMT’S Cody Alan and Carissa Culiner host “CMT Music Awards Nomination Special” – a half-hour celebration featuring the star-packed list of CMT MUSIC AWARDS nominees. CMT’s most-winning artist CARRIE UNDERWOOD sits down for a brand new interview on her illustrious history with the awards show, superstar nominees KANE BROWN and THOMAS RHETT reflect on their nominated videos, and CMT MUSIC AWARDS co-host, actor ANTHONY MACKIE shares his excitement as he gets ready for Nashville’s biggest party!

Production Credits: CMT’s Quinn Brown serves as Executive Producer. Ray Sells, Nicole Melton, Jennifer Devault and Dan Clark serve as Supervising Producers. Erin Mercer is Production Manager. Heather Graffagnino is Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent. Donna Duncan is Director of Talent.

· “CMT MUSIC AWARDS RED CARPET SPECIAL” – Monday, April 11th at 7p/6c

In the hour leading up to the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on CBS, hosts Cody Alan, Carissa Culiner and Ashley ShahAhmadi welcome a steady stream of country music superstars as they arrive at country music’s only entirely fan-voted awards show! Country star JORDAN DAVIS is set to kick up the energy on the CMT red carpet with a live performance of his #1 hit “Buy Dirt” and more.

Production Credits: Produced by CMT Hot 20 in partnership with Taillight TV. CMT’s Quinn Brown and Taillight TV’s Tom Forrest serve as Executive Producers. Lynn Glaser is Supervising Producer. Heather Graffagnino is Executive in Charge of Production. Donna Duncan is Director of Talent.

“Hot 20 Countdown LIVE,” “CMT Music Awards Nominee Special” and the “CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special” will premiere during the first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK, featuring all-new original programming culminating with the “CMT Music Awards Extended Cut” featuring 30 extra minutes of bonus content and performances on Friday, April 15th at 8p/7c. Additional previously announced specials slated for CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK include “CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends,” “CMT Campfire Sessions: Little Big Town” and CMT Storytellers: Brooks & Dunn.”

About Carissa Culiner*:

Carissa is an Emmy-Nominated television personality, who is the co-host of CMT’s “Hot 20 Countdown,” a weekly, two-and-a-half hour series delivering chart-topping music videos, news stories, live performances and candid interviews from country music’s biggest stars. Before that, she was co-host on E!’s “Daily Pop,” correspondent for “E! News” and the creator and co-producer of Mom2Mom, an E! News original series where Carissa sat down with celebrity moms for a real, down-to-earth and open conversation about the truths of motherhood. Carissa is also no stranger to country music. She started her career in country radio, and co-hosted the show “Scotty & Carissa in the Morning” on the award-winning station Clear 99 (KCLR-FM). While hosting, she was nominated for numerous broadcasting awards and a recipient of the “CMA Personality of the Year” Award and the NAB Marconi Radio Award for “Personality of the Year.” In 2012, Carissa moved on to be managing editor and anchor for the online news company, Newsy. At Newsy, Carissa helped manage the company’s partnership with AOL, specifically focusing on AOL’s Morning Rush and TV Replay series. She also hosted for Newsy and other company partners, including TIME Magazine and About.com.

About MTV Entertainment:

MTV Entertainment Group is one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar nominated MTV Documentary Films.



CMT Revs Up Music Slate with Revival of Iconic Music Series “CMT Storytellers”





CMT Revs Up Music Slate with Revival of Iconic Music Series “CMT Storytellers” and Greenlights Second Season of “CMT Campfire Sessions”
Inspired by the much-acclaimed CMT Digital series of the same name, “CMT Campfire Sessions” brings together a star-studded lineup of some of music’s biggest names as they strip down their biggest hits, share new music and swap stories with friends fireside for an intimate night of music.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT revs up music slate with revival of iconic music series “CMT Storytellers” and greenlights second season of “CMT Campfire Sessions”

“CMT Campfire Sessions: Little Big Town” special to air Tuesday, April 12 at 8p/7c; Season Two of CMT’s fan-favorite summer series to premiere Summer 2022

Legendary music franchise returns for the first time ever on CMT; “CMT Storytellers: Brooks & Dunn” to air Wednesday, April 13 at 8p/7c

NASHVILLE, TN – (March 30, 2022) – CMT today announced two new series greenlights: the revival of one of television’s most influential and storied music franchises, “CMT Storytellers,” and a second season of fan-favorite summertime series, “CMT Campfire Sessions,” kicking off with two special episodes headlined by superstar acts Brooks & Dunn and Little Big Town, respectively.

“It’s an honor to be given the reins to reviving one of the most iconic music series of our generation as we bring the Storytellers franchise to CMT for the first time, following an unprecedented 97-episode run on our sister network VH1. A legendary series requires an equally epic kickoff and we’re proud to have Brooks & Dunn, two of our genre’s greatest storytellers, helping mark its momentous return,” shared Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer and CMT’s Senior Vice President of Production.

“Equally exciting is the return of our homegrown series CMT Campfire Sessions, beloved by artists and fans alike. Our favorite foursome Little Big Town shines bright in the intimate, fireside setting as they help us celebrate an upcoming slate of new must-see summertime jam sessions that mixes new music and greatest hits. Whether around the campfire or in front of a small crowd of devoted fans, both of these series strip the music back to its very core: storytelling,” continued Comeaux.

· “CMT CAMPFIRE SESSIONS: LITTLE BIG TOWN” – Tuesday, April 12th at 8p/7c

Inspired by the much-acclaimed CMT Digital series of the same name, “CMT Campfire Sessions” brings together a star-studded lineup of some of music’s biggest names as they strip down their biggest hits, share new music and swap stories with friends fireside for an intimate night of music. The series debuted in primetime in July 2021, with featured appearances from Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Keb’ Mo’, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady A, Miranda Lambert with Jack Ingram & Jon Randall, and Trisha Yearwood. Season Two is set to return Summer 2022; more information including premiere date and full artist lineup to follow.

Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight TV’s Tom Forrest serve as Executive Producers. Matt Houser serves as Producer. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.

· “CMT STORYTELLERS: BROOKS & DUNN” – Wednesday, April 13th at 8p/7c

“CMT Storytellers” gives fans a front row seat with behind the scenes access to their favorite artists and music. The 1-hour special showcases country superstars as they perform and share never-before-heard stories about how their iconic hits came to be in front of an intimate audience. Legendary duo Brooks & Dunn kicks off the series as they perform their hits including “Neon Moon,” “Red Dirt Road” and “Boot Scootin Boogie” and give an insider’s look at their songwriting process, life in the industry, and their career. The Storytellers franchise originally aired on VH1 from 1996-2015 and quickly became a cultural touchstone, featuring some of the biggest names in music including Garth Brooks, The Chicks, Pearl Jam, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, Bruce Springsteen and Taylor Swift, among others. Additional information on upcoming “CMT Storytellers” to follow. Future episodes to be available on Paramount+.

Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Ladypants Productions’ Patrizia DiMaria serve as Executive Producers. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. Directed by Lauren Quinn.

Both “CMT Campfire Sessions: Little Big Town” and “CMT Storytellers: Brooks & Dunn” will premiere as part of the brand’s first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK, featuring a week of entirely original programming, kicking off with the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, broadcasting LIVE from Nashville on Monday, April 11th at 8p/7c on CBS and Paramount+. Additional details on the week-long CMT stunt to be announced soon.

For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Tik Tok.

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About MTV Entertainment:

MTV Entertainment Group is one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar nominated MTV Documentary Films.



“CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” to Premiere Thursday, April 14th at 8p/7c





“CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” to Premiere Thursday, April 14th at 8p/7c
Featuring a powerhouse lineup of Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Carly Pearce and Mickey Guyton, the all-female concert event celebrates Rimes’ 25th career anniversary and recognizes the path she blazed forward for women in all genres.
[via press release from CMT]
“CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” to premiere Thursday, April 14th at 8p/7c

Female powerhouses Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Carly Pearce & Mickey Guyton celebrate Rimes’ trailblazing, 25th career anniversary with can’t-miss renditions of classic hits and new music

NASHVILLE, TN– (March 28, 2022) — CMT today revealed international, multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes will headline an upcoming installment of the iconic music series “CMT Crossroads.” Featuring a powerhouse lineup of Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Carly Pearce and Mickey Guyton, the all-female concert event celebrates Rimes’ 25th career anniversary and recognizes the path she blazed forward for women in all genres. “CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” will premiere Thursday, April 14th at 8p/7c exclusively on CMT.

From one-of-a-kind performances of her biggest chart-topping, genre-bending hits alongside new songs, the 90-minute special brings Rimes together with the next generation of female artists who have been inspired and heavily influenced by her music. From commemorating Blue, the critically acclaimed album that first launched her to superstardom at the age of 13, to previewing new music from her forthcoming 19th studio album, god’s work, “CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” pays tribute to her groundbreaking career and unforgettable music that continues to transcend the test of time.

“It was such a magical and surreal experience, celebrating the past 25 years of my music as a full installment of ‘CMT Crossroads.’ And to share the stage with women who are each, so unique and truly standing in their own magnificence, to get to hear firsthand how I have, in some special way, influenced their artistry… it was humbling and special,” said LeAnn Rimes, who recently announced her upcoming tour, the story… so far, in support of her 25th music anniversary and forthcoming album, god’s work. “This is such an expansive year for me, from my new album release later this year to my upcoming tour, and I could not think of a better way to kick it all off than to celebrate the past, present and future with this memorable show.”

“What better way to celebrate LeAnn’s music and legacy than to bring together those who credit LeAnn for inspiring their own careers,” said Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer & Senior Vice President, Production, CMT. “The reciprocal admiration amongst these women is more than evident throughout filming, and makes for a truly magical connection on stage in this special extended episode of CMT Crossroads.”

Rimes holds an extensive history with CMT, from the premiere of her first hit music video for “Blue” to her show-stopping tribute to Reba at the first-ever “CMT Giants” taping, the list goes on. A 3x CMT Music Awards nominee, Rimes first took home her first trophy in 2008 (“Collaborative Video of the Year” with Bon Jovi) and has shared many unforgettable performances on CMT stages throughout her career, including a world premiere of “Swingin'” and outstanding performance of “Nothin’ Better To Do” at past CMT Music Awards. Rimes also previously teamed up with British soul singer Joss Stone for a highly praised “CMT Crossroads” episode.

“CMT Crossroads: LeAnn Rimes & Friends” will premiere during the first-ever CMT MUSIC AWARDS WEEK, featuring all-new original programming culminating with the “CMT Music Awards Extended Cut” featuring 30 extra minutes of bonus content and performances on Friday, April 15th at 8p/7c. Additional details on the week-long CMT programming event to be announced at a later date.

“CMT Crossroads” illustrates the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode features a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music. The series debuted January 13, 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams and since has showcased dream musical partnerships including Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Mumford & Sons and Emmylou Harris; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; Alicia Keys and Maren Morris; Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini, and most recently, “CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends” featuring Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND.

“CMT Crossroads: Leann Rimes & Friends” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin. The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.

For more information, visit CMT.com, check out CMT Crossroads on Facebook & YouTube and use the hashtag #CMTcrossroads.

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About LeAnn Rimes:

LeAnn Rimes is an international multi-platinum selling acclaimed singer and ASCAP award-winning songwriter who has sold more than 48 million units globally, won 2 Grammy(R) Awards; 12 Billboard Music Awards; 2 World Music Awards; 3 Academy of Country Music Awards; 2 Country Music Association Awards and one Dove Award. At 14, Rimes won “Best New Artist” making her the youngest solo artist to take home a Grammy(R) Award, and at 15, she became the first country artist to win “Artist of the Year” at the Billboard Music Awards.

Out of the 42 singles she has released throughout her expansive career, LeAnn’s ballad “How Do I Live” holds the record as Billboard’s Hot 100 all-time #1 hit by a female artist and continues to rank #4 on Billboard’s “Greatest of All Time: Hot 100 Song.” 15 of her multi-genre singles are top-10 hits, including “Can’t Fight the Moonlight,” which went #1 in 11 countries.

In 2017, the world-renowned singer released her 16th studio RCA UK/Thirty Tigers album, Remnants, which debuted at # 4 on Billboard’s Independent Album Chart, peaked at #3 on iTunes (R) overall charts in its first week, garnered two #1 Billboard Dance hits with “Long Live Love” and “LovE is LovE is LovE,” and one Top 5 hit with “Love Line.” In the fall of 2018, Rimes revealed a new EP for her fans titled Re-Imagined that featured five new versions of some of her record-breaking hits, including an epic duet with the music icon Stevie Nicks. Most recently, the Grammy-winning superstar unveiled her first-ever LIVE recording as an exclusive vinyl release in honor of the 2019 Record Store Day titled “Rimes: Live at Gruene Hall” where Rimes celebrated music of all genres.

The powerhouse vocalist lit up television screens throughout the 2018 holiday season as she starred and served as an Executive Producer in Hallmark’s “It’s Christmas, Eve,” which earned the highest TV original movie debut to-date for the channel premiering to over 4.3 million viewers. In 2020, Rimes shined the brightest and won season four of FOX’s The Masked Singer, with Entertainment Weekly stating that she delivered “… the most beautiful performance in the history of The Masked Singer.” Most recently, she served as the inspiration judge on the Discovery+ competition series, Meet Your Makers Showdown, which started streaming November 2021.

Passionate about using her voice to help heal the world, LeAnn was honored with the Ally of Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign for her over 20 years of support of equal rights, the 2019 HOPE Award for Depression Advocacy, and 2009 ACM Humanitarian Award, among other recognitions. She continues to channel her voice in new ways, releasing CHANT: The Human & The Holy (EverLe Records / Thirty Tigers), which spent 5 weeks at #1 on iTunes New Age Chart, as well as her iHeartRadio mental health and wholeness podcast, Wholly Human, that brings her lifestyle blog, Soul of EverLe, to life. Going into its third season, Wholly Human reached #2 on iTunes Health & Fitness Chart and placed in the Top 35 overall for podcasts worldwide. LeAnn is now celebrating her 25th anniversary as a recording artist, commemorating the release of her debut album “Blue,” and will release her next studio album, god’s work, in 2022.

About MTV Entertainment:

MTV Entertainment Group is one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world that connects with global audiences through its nine iconic brands – MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Network and TV Land – as well as MTV Entertainment Studios which produces acclaimed series and movies and the award-winning, Oscar nominated MTV Documentary Films.



CMT Celebrates the Holiday Season with Two New Christmas-Themed Music Specials





CMT Celebrates the Holiday Season with Two New Christmas-Themed Music Specials Premiering Wednesday, December 8th
“CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends” and “CMT’s A Tennessee Kind of Christmas” will premiere back-to-back on the cable channel.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAY SEASON WITH TWO NEW CHRISTMAS-THEMED MUSIC SPECIALS PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH

“CMT CROSSROADS CHRISTMAS: BRETT YOUNG & FRIENDS” with special guests Boyz II Men, Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and Maddie & Tae at 8p/7c

“CMT’s A TENNESSEE KIND OF CHRISTMAS” with country icons Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clay Walker, Pam Tillis, Sara & Olivia Evans, Steve Wariner, Tracy Lawrence and Wynonna at 9p/8c

NASHVILLE — (November 1, 2021) — CMT today announced its star-packed holiday slate featuring two all-new Christmas-themed music specials, “CMT Crossroads Christmas: Brett Young & Friends” and “CMT’s A Tennessee Kind of Christmas,” premiering back-to-back on Wednesday, December 8th beginning at 8p/7c for a full night of holiday cheer exclusively on CMT.

“We’re excited to ring in the holiday season with our very first Christmas-themed Crossroads along with an all-new music special starring some of country music’s greatest voices,” shared Margaret Comeaux, Vice President of Production, CMT & Executive Producer. “The Christmas cheer begins with hitmaker Brett Young and a variety of special guests both in and out of genre, followed by an incredible lineup of classic country legends in a Tennessee-themed holiday special. It will be a can’t-miss night of music filled with traditions both new and old alongside amazing renditions of our favorite holiday hits.”

“CMT CROSSROADS CHRISTMAS: BRETT YOUNG & FRIENDS” – 8p/7c

Multi-Platinum entertainer Brett Young returns to the storied “CMT Crossroads” stage for the first-ever Christmas-themed episode of the critically-acclaimed music series. The 60-minute special will feature Young alongside an all-star lineup of friends and collaborators Boyz II Men, Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Dann Huff, Darius Rucker, Gavin DeGraw and Maddie & Tae performing renditions of classic Christmas hits from his inaugural holiday album, “Brett Young & Friends Sing the Christmas Classics.”

Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin serve as Executive Producers. Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are Executives in Charge of Production. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.

“CMT’s A TENNESSEE KIND OF CHRISTMAS” – 9p/8c

Country greats Amy Grant, Billy Ray Cyrus, Clay Walker, Pam Tillis, Sara & Olivia Evans, Steve Wariner, Tracy Lawrence and Wynonna will celebrate the season by sharing holiday traditions, personal memories and unforgettable performances of all-time favorite Christmas songs from numerous iconic venues and outdoor locations in and around Nashville.

Production Credits: CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Taillight’s Tom Forrest and Lion’s Heart Entertainment’s Rac Clark are Executive Producers. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent.

Both CMT original specials will re-air during CMT’s Christmas Week, running December 20-25; exact encore timing to be announced at a later date.

For updates and more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok and use #CMTCrossroads to join the conversation.

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About CMT:

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are, including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com) and social (@CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About CMT Crossroads:

“CMT Crossroads” shows the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode features a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music. The series debuted January 13, 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams and since has showcased dream musical partnerships including Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Mumford & Sons and Emmylou Harris; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; Alicia Keys and Maren Morris; Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini; and most recently, Nelly with Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown & BRELAND, which aired in September. For more information, visit CMT.com, check out CMT Crossroads on Facebook & YouTube and use the hashtag #CMTcrossroads.

About Brett Young:

Young has captured the hearts of fans everywhere through his honest lyrics and West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. With an undeniable string of hits and two albums defined by a transcendent romantic spark, he has cemented his status as Country’s master over matters of the heart. The star broadened his emotional scope on WEEKENDS LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THESE DAYS following his GOLD-certified sophomore effort TICKET TO L.A., which debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums chart. Young’s PLATINUM self-titled debut dominated the Top 20 on the Country Albums chart for 37 weeks and has contributed to 5.5 billion streams globally. He was named ASCAP’s 2018 Country Songwriter-Artist of the Year for his “melodic craftsmanship” (Billboard) and has also garnered nominations from ACM, Billboard, Teen Choice, CMT and CMA Awards. Racking seven consecutive No. 1 hits, Rolling Stone deemed Young “one of country’s most consistent radio stars.”



“The Last Cowboy” Returns for the Highly-Anticipated Season Two





“The Last Cowboy” Returns for the Highly-Anticipated Season Two
The series comes to CMT for the much-anticipated second season on Friday, November 12 at 8:00/7:00c.
[via press release from CMT]
“The Last Cowboy” returns for the highly-anticipated season two

From “Yellowstone” co-creator, Taylor Sheridan, the competition series focuses on the high-stakes world of horse reining

Galloping to CMT beginning Friday, November 12 at 8 PM ET/PT

NASHVILLE – (October 20) – CMT today announced, the unscripted series from Academy Award(R) nominee and “Yellowstone” co-creator Taylor Sheridan, “The Last Cowboy” comes to CMT for the much-anticipated second season on Friday, November 12 at 8 PM ET/PT.

“The Last Cowboy” is an inside look at real life cowboys and cowgirls and the high-stakes sport of horse reining – a Western-based competition where riders guide horses through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops – as they prepare for the biggest bout in the sport’s history: “The Run for a Million.” The series chronicles reiners determined to elevate and preserve the cowboy tradition as they train and engage in the exclusive, ultra-competitive athletic event.

The Last Cowboy is produced for CMT by Truly Original with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Michelle Schiefen, Julie “Bob” Lombardi, Alexandra Lowry serving as executive producers. Taylor Sheridan, David C. Glasser, Ron Burkle and Bob Yari serve as executive producers. Keith Cox and Todd Baynes oversee the production for CMT.

MTV Entertainment Group:

MTV Entertainment Group reaches over 1.4 billion young people around the world across streaming, social and linear platforms in 180 countries and with more than 725 million social followers – making it one of the preeminent youth media companies in the world. Connecting with its audiences through nine iconic brands including MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, CMT, Pop, Logo, Smithsonian, Paramount Net and TV Land, MTV Entertainment Studios produces award-winning series, movies and documentary films.

About CMT:

CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are, including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com) and social (@CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About 101 Studios:

101 Studios is a global entertainment company dedicated to the acquisition, financing, development, production and distribution of high-caliber, creator-driven storytelling. Founded by David C. Glasser, Chief Executive Officer, and David Hutkin, Chief Operating Officer, the studio empowers content creators through first-class collaboration and innovation. On the television side, 101 produces Taylor Sheridan’s Emmy(R) nominated series “Yellowstone,” as well as Sheridan’s upcoming series “Mayor of Kingstown” and “Yellowstone” prequel “1883.” Additionally, 101 Studios oversees and manages the newly formed Sports Illustrated Studios, a content platform based on the most compelling stories, characters and moments in sports past, present and future. Upcoming projects include Paradise Found based on the true story of high school football coach Rick Prinz; a docuseries about the sexual abuse and cover-up at Ohio State University, co-produced by George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures; and the docuseries Covers, a behind-the-scenes look at Sports Illustrated’s top cover stories of all time. SI Studios has also exclusively partnered with iHeartMedia to create and distribute original podcasts through the iHeartPodcast network. On the film side, past releases include The Current War: Director’s Cut, the Sundance Audience award winner Burden as well as the family comedy The War with Grandpa.

About Truly Original:

Truly Original creates a broad range of scripted and unscripted programming for television and digital platforms. Run by Emmy(R) Award-winning producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, who serve as Truly Original’s co-presidents and CEOs, the company is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. In addition to The Last Cowboy, Truly Original’s series include Ink Master and Ink Master: Grudge Match for Paramount Network; Deal or No Deal for CNBC, hosted by Howie Mandel; The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, Don’t Be Tardy, Shahs of Sunset and Summer House for Bravo; Basketball Wives for VH1; To Have & To Hold: Charlotte for OWN; Swamp People for History; Teen Mom: Young Moms Club for MTV; and many others.



CMT Taps Hip Hop Icon Nelly as First Rapper to Headline CMT Crossroads





CMT Taps Hip Hop Icon Nelly as First Rapper to Headline Critically-Acclaimed Music Series “CMT Crossroads”
The 60-minute special will feature new music from Heartland alongside high-energy performances of Nelly’s biggest chart topping hits, including a few surprises celebrating the 20th anniversary of hit Country Grammar.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT TAPS HIP HOP ICON NELLY AS FIRST RAPPER TO HEADLINE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED MUSIC SERIES “CMT CROSSROADS”

Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown & BRELAND join “CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends,” premiering Wednesday, September 1st at 10p/9c

NASHVILLE — (August 17, 2021) — CMT today revealed double diamond, 3XGrammy-award winning rapper Nelly will headline an upcoming installment of the iconic music series, CMT CROSSROADS. Joined by longtime friends and collaborators Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND, “CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends” will premiere Wednesday, September 1st at 10p/9c exclusively on CMT.

A true genre-bending artist, Nelly makes his Crossroads debut as the series’ first hip hop headliner. The rap superstar first burst onto the country scene with “Over and Over,” his groundbreaking duet with Tim McGraw in 2004 which made history charting on multiple charts including the Rhythmic, Adult Top 40 and Hot Rap.

Nelly continues to bring country music influences into his unique cross-format blend of music. Later this month, he’s slated to release his new country-inspiredHeartland project, his first new album since 2013 dropping on August 27th. Nelly recently released his second single from the album, “High Horse” featuringBlanco Brown & BRELAND, plus teased a new song with “Cool Again” collaborator Kane Brown. The EP’s first single, “Lil Bit” with Florida Georgia Line was just awarded RIAA PLATINUM certification and follows their DIAMOND collaboration “Cruise” (BMLG Records).

Shared Nelly: “I’m excited to celebrate my music with my friends and fellow artists on Crossroads! When people talk about me crossing lines and genres, I think about it more that music brings folks together.”

The 60-minute “CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends” special will feature new music from Heartland alongside high-energy performances of Nelly’s biggest chart topping hits, including a few surprises celebrating the 20th anniversary of hit Country Grammar. In addition to Nelly, this marks first-time appearances from Kane Brown, Blanco Brown and BRELAND on the Crossroads stage; Florida Georgia Line returns to the legendary stage after teaming up with Backstreet Boys for a much-acclaimed episode in 2017.

“CMT Crossroads” shows the far-reaching roots of country music by pairing country artists with musicians from other genres. Each episode features a different set of stars playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music. The series debuted January 13, 2002 with Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams and since has showcased dream musical partnerships including Ray Charles and Travis Tritt; Bon Jovi and Sugarland; Kelly Clarkson and Reba McEntire; Def Leppard and Taylor Swift; Sting and Vince Gill; John Mayer and Keith Urban; Mumford & Sons and Emmylou Harris; Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood; Stevie Nicks and Lady Antebellum; Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves; Alicia Keys and Maren Morris; Halsey and Kelsea Ballerini, and most recently, Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price, to name a few.

“CMT Crossroads: Nelly & Friends” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin. The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.

For more information, visit CMT.com, check out CMT Crossroads on Facebook & YouTube and use the hashtag #CMTcrossroads.

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About CMT:CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT.com) and social (@CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitterand YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About Nelly: Global Entertainer, Double Diamond Certified, Multi-platinum, 3x Grammy award-winning rap superstar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and actor, Nelly, has continually raised the bar for the entertainment industry since stepping on the scene in 2000 with his distinctive vocals and larger-than-life personality. 2021 brings the 20th anniversary of Country Grammar and the release of new single “Lil Bit” featuring Florida Georgia Line with a country inspired Album to follow entitled, Heartland. Additionally, Nelly has secured a firm place in Americas hearts through his time on Dancing with the Stars and most recently secured a movie role in “Clear Lake” playing Chuck Berry. 2022 is the 20th anniversary of Nellyville while “Dilemma” just hit 1 billion views and “Lil Bit” just received platinum certification. Heartland drops August 27th and its second single “High Horse” debuts on Good Morning America August 6th with follow up performance on Jimmy Kimmel then Kelly Clarkson. Nelly has just begun filming Real Husbands of Hollywood and is touring the country performing his biggest hits and his new country inspired album Heartland. Nelly’s Country Grammar album and his song Cruise with FGL both achieved Diamond status in 2016. Nelly also added sports commentator to his list of accomplishments with Fox Sports which makes him one of few actors with three television shows airing at one time. In 2016, Nelly was featured in an unique opportunity to perform alongside the country’s most prestigious orchestras including St. Louis, Columbus and Pittsburgh garnering great reviews. Nelly has performed on NBC’s The Voice, The American Music Awards, ABC’s Greatest Hits and served as a judge on CW’s The Next. Just some of his its include: “Hot in Here” – “Dilemma” [feat. Kelly Rowland] “Country Grammar” “Ride Wit Me” “Just a Dream”- “Cruise” reached diamond status, “The Fix” sampling Marvin Gaye, and summer sixteens dance anthem “Millionaire” with Cash Cash and Digital Animal Farm. The music mogul has also left his mark in other aspects of the industry, introducing his hugely successful women’s clothing line, Apple Bottoms and is part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats with Michael Jordan. In 2005, he made his big screen debut in the Adam Sandler and Chris Rock hit remake, The Longest Yard and in starred in Reach Me with Sylvester Stone 2014. Currently he supports Make a Wish and is the only rapper/music artist to own his own college, EI University, which provides education surrounding the music industry while Nelly himself provides scholarships.He has been referred to by Peter Shapiro as “one of the biggest stars of the new millennium”,[3] and the RIAA ranks Nelly as the fourth best-selling rap artist in American music history,[4] with 21 million albums sold in the United States. On December 11, 2009, Billboardranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade.



CMT to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Country Music Titan Charley Pride





CMT to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Country Music Titan Charley Pride with “CMT Giants: Charley Pride” Premiering Wednesday, August 25th at 9P/8C
Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Reyna Roberts, Robert Randolph, Ronnie Milsap, Rozene Pride and Wynonna are among those slated to appear.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT to celebrate the life and legacy of country music titan Charley Pride with “CMT GIANTS: CHARLEY PRIDE” premiering Wednesday, August 25th at 9p/8c

Star-packed 90-minute special to feature performances and appearances by Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton, Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Reyna Roberts, Robert Randolph, Ronnie Milsap, Rozene Pride and Wynonna

NASHVILLE — (July 15) — CMT today announced “CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride,” an all-new special celebrating the extraordinary life and legacy of trailblazing country music titan Charley Pride. The star-packed, 90-minute event premieres Wednesday, August 25th at 9p/8c exclusively on CMT.

“CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride” brings together Charley’s superstar friends and some of the biggest names in music today to celebrate his most legendary hits, including Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, son Dion Pride, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Gladys Knight, Jimmie Allen, Lee Ann Womack, Luke Combs featuring Robert Randolph + Reyna Roberts, Mickey Guyton and Wynonna. Special guests Neal McCoy, Nolan Ryan, Reba, Ronnie Milsap, and Charley’s wife Rozene Pride, also appear to share their personal memories and reflect on Charley’s lasting legacy, which are blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Charley Pride himself.

“It’s an incredibly great honor to celebrate Charley Pride’s career from the perspective of those who knew him best – his friends, family and peers,” shared Margaret Comeaux, Executive Producer, CMT. “As a true ‘giant’ in country music, Charley serves as an inspiration for present and future artists, and his legendary career transcends barriers with music that stands the test of time.”

Shared Rozene Pride: “I am delighted to have so many giants in the business celebrate the legacy of Pride. He would have been so happy to see the artists give so generously of their time and talent honoring him. This truly is a testament to the impact that he had on the country music community for so many years.”

Charley Pride celebrated more than 50 years as a recording artist, enjoying one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY(R) award and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” winner, Pride garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride performed concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand over the last several years. He received the Crossroads Of American Music Award At the 2019 GRAMMY Museum(R) Mississippi Gala in November of 2019, and the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award one year later in November 2020. On December 12, 2020, Pride died at the age of 86 from complications due to COVID-19. His memory and storied legacy will live on through his vast library of stories and songs, with forthcoming plans for a final album release, public celebration of life ceremony, tribute concert, and biopic film. Full bio available here; follow Charley Pride on Facebook and at CharleyPride.com.

Launched in 2006, the CMT GIANTS franchise is CMT’s elite honor celebrating the careers of country music’s most legendary artists: Reba McEntire (2006), Hank Williams, Jr. (2007), Alan Jackson (2008) and Kenny Rogers (2020). Stars that have previously taken part in past specials include Brad Paisley, Buddy Guy, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Megan Mullally, Michael McDonald, Rascal Flatts, Rita Wilson, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith and Trisha Yearwood, to name a few.

“CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Taillight’s Tom Forrest.The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer.

For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok and use the hashtag #CMTGiants.



CBS TO BROADCAST THE “CMT MUSIC AWARDS” LIVE FROM NASHVILLE, SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2022





CBS TO BROADCAST THE “CMT MUSIC AWARDS” LIVE FROM NASHVILLE, SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2022

CBS announced today it will present its inaugural broadcast of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS live from Nashville on Sunday, April 3, 2022 (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/delayed PT). CMT will kick off the Company’s first ever Country Music Week by hosting week-long special programming and events capped by exclusive director’s cut airings of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS later on CMT and various ViacomCBS platforms.

ViacomCBS recently announced that its signature country music tentpole would move to CBS from CMT on the heels of this year’s success. This past June, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS saw more than a 10% increase in total viewers and dominated as the #1 most social program across all of television for the night. Across the six ViacomCBS network simulcast, P18-34 ratings saw a +32% increase over last year’s event.*

Celebrated for its high-powered, world premiere and cross-genre performances, the CMT MUSIC AWARDS, country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show, have aired live since 2005, delivering Nashville’s biggest party to music fans across the globe. The 2021 show, hosted by superstars Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, featured the most ever first-time collaborations and blended-genre pairings in show history. Standout performances included H.E.R. + Chris Stapleton, Gladys Knight, Mickey Guyton + BRELAND, and NEEDTOBREATHE + Carrie Underwood, who remains the most-awarded artist in CMT Awards history with 23 wins. More information on this year’s show is available here.

Additional information about the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS on CBS will be available in the coming months.

*Source: Nielsen Early Ratings, 6/9/21, L+SD coverage ratings, total viewers=P2+. Social Content Ratings, excluding sports, 6/9/21. Owned Social: Conviva, YouTube Analytics, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, Snap Analytics, 5/5/21-6/10/21.



“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Returns for Much-Anticipated Season 16





CMT Megahit “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Returns for Much-Anticipated Season 16 on Friday, September 17th at 9PM ET/PT
Production is currently underway in Dallas as 52 hopefuls begin training and competing in a rigorous training camp to vie for a highly-coveted spot on the most iconic professional cheerleading team in America.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT megahit “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” returns for much-anticipated Season 16 on Friday, September 17th at 9PM ET/PT

NASHVILLE — (June 30) — CMT today announced its most popular and longest-running series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” will return for season 16 on Friday, September 17 at 9PM ET/PT on CMT. Production is currently underway in Dallas as 52 hopefuls begin training and competing in a rigorous training camp to vie for a highly-coveted spot on the most iconic professional cheerleading team in America.

The much-anticipated series will return to its original time slot this Fall, fresh off a monumental 15th season which saw an unprecedented virtual audition process, the first-ever DCC Summer Training Camp inside a “bubble,” and the most veteran cuts in show history. With more auditions and contestants than ever before, the competition is stiff and the pressure remains at an all-time high as the candidates work to perfect new technically-challenging routines to impress longtime coaches Kelli Finglass (Director of Cheerleading) and Judy Trammell (DCC Head Choreographer) to earn an esteemed spot on the field. Guest choreographers will be revealed at a later date.

“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” is produced by Triage Entertainment with Executive Producers Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick, Eugene Pack, Peter Zasuly, Charlotte Jones and Kelli McGonagill Finglass. Jacquelyn French and Laurie Sharpe are Executive Producers for CMT.

To get in on the conversation, use the hashtag #DCCMakingTheTeam, and follow the show’s official accounts on CMT.com, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.