Video: Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price Tease Upcoming “CMT Crossroads” Episode





Video: Nathaniel Rateliff and Margo Price Tease Upcoming “CMT Crossroads” Episode with Performance of “Say It Louder”
The newest installment of critically-acclaimed series is due this Friday, March 26 at 10:00/9:00c.
[via press release from CMT]
NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND MARGO PRICE TEASE UPCOMING “CMT CROSSROADS” EPISODE WITH PERFORMANCE OF “SAY IT LOUDER”

“CMT Crossroads: Nathaniel Rateliff & Margo Price” premieres Friday, March 26th at 10PM ET

NASHVILLE — (March 16) — Acclaimed musician Nathaniel Rateliff, backed by longtime band The Nights Sweats, and country singer-songwriter Margo Price team up for the newest installment of critically-acclaimed series, “CMT Crossroads,” premiering Friday, March 26th at 10PM ET/PT on CMT. This marks the first appearance for both artists on the celebrated Crossroads stage, which resumes production for the first time since Halsey & Kelsea Ballerini’s episode premiered in March 2020.

Watch the duo come together with their respective bands for an electrifying performance of Rateliff’s 2018 release “Say It Louder” HERE.

“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, to name a few.

“CMT Crossroads: Nathaniel Rateliff & Margo Price” is produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux and Ellie Chandler. For more information, visit CMT.com, check out CMT Crossroads on Facebook, on YouTube at YouTube.com/CMTcrossroads 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, Twitter and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



CMT to Premiere “Skyville Live: Gladys Knight & Guests” on February 17 at 10/9c





CMT to Premiere “Skyville Live: Gladys Knight & Guests” on February 17 at 10/9c
Music royalty Gladys Knight is joined by superstars Martina McBride and Estelle to perform beloved classics, including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us.”
[via press release from CMT]
CMT to premiere “Skyville Live: Gladys Knight & Guests” on February 17 at 10/9c

NASHVILLE — (February 12) — “Skyville Live: Gladys Knight & Guests” will make its broadcast debut on Wednesday, February 17 at 10/9c on CMT. Music royalty Gladys Knight is joined by superstars Martina McBride and Estelle to perform beloved classics, including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us.”

Last month, CMT announced its partnership with Skyville Live to bring ten of its music specials to life throughout 2021, celebrating the music of legendary artists including Cyndi Lauper, the late Gregg Allman, Graham Nash, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis and more. All specials were filmed pre-COVID in front of an intimate studio audience at Skyville Live in Nashville. Read more here.

For more information on CMT, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. For more information on Skyville Live, visit SkyvilleLive.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About Skyville Live:

SKYVILLE LIVE is an original music series created and developed by Wally Wilson, originating in Nashville, Tennessee. The show provides great music in a live setting; all players “working without a net.” Skyville Live features some of the world’s best musicians, and combines new artists with world famous superstars, providing a unique experience for performers and audience alike.



CMT to Premiere “Skyville Live” Specials in 2021





CMT to Premiere “Skyville Live” Specials in 2021
All specials were filmed pre-COVID in front of an intimate studio audience at Skyville Live in Nashville.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT TO PREMIERE SKYVILLE LIVE SPECIALS IN 2021

“Skyville Live: Kris Kristofferson & Friends” premieres January 19 at 10/9c

“Skyville Live: Midnight Train to Georgia: Gladys Knight & Guests” premieres February 17 at 10/9c

Upcoming episodes to feature superstars Cyndi Lauper, Graham Nash, the late Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Martina McBride and more

NASHVILLE — (January 13) — CMT today announced its partnership with Skyville Live, the Emmy Award-winning music series from Academy and Emmy-Award winning studio Believe Entertainment Group to bring ten of its music specials to life in 2021. Celebrating the music of legendary artists throughout the year, CMT will host the broadcast premiere of the one-hour specials, with exact timing for each to be announced at a later date. All specials were filmed pre-COVID in front of an intimate studio audience at Skyville Live in Nashville.

Featuring unique and unexpected pairings for once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, each special showcases the biggest names in music, past and present. The first, “Skyville Live: Kris Kristofferson & Friends,” is set to premiere on Tuesday, January 19 at 10/9c, celebrating the music of the legendary singer-songwriter. Kristofferson will be joined by Brandy Clark, Jason Isbell, Lady A and Raul Malo for the one-hour tribute showcasing his most memorable songs from his storied career, including “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” among others.

Next month, “Midnight Train to Georgia: Gladys Knight & Guests” will premiere Wednesday, February 17 at 10/9c. Music royalty Gladys Knight is joined by superstars Martina McBride and Estelle to perform beloved classics, including “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “Neither One of Us.”

The full slate of Skyville Live specials airing later this year will feature world-class entertainers and musicians including Cyndi Lauper, Graham Nash, the late Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, a salute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Martina McBride and more.

Skyville Live began life as a very small club in Nashville as a way for up-and-coming artists to showcase their talents. It became very popular, but there was little room for growth. Wally Wilson, who co-owned Skyville Music, along with music industry insiders, created a live-streamed concert series, bringing together famous artists from the world of classic rock and country, with new artists in a funky warehouse in Nashville in front of a live audience for intimate performances.

For more information on CMT, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. For more information on Skyville Live, visit SkyvilleLive.com, or follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For more information on Believe Entertainment Group, visit BelieveEnt.com.

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About Skyville Live:

SKYVILLE LIVE is an original music series created and developed by Wally Wilson, originating in Nashville, Tennessee. The show provides great music in a live setting; all players “working without a net.” Skyville Live features some of the world’s best musicians, and combines new artists with world famous superstars, providing a unique experience for performers and audience alike.

About Believe Entertainment Group:

Academy and Emmy-Award winning studio, Believe Entertainment Group (BelieveEnt.com), is a New York City-based entertainment company that produces talent driven content for digital (video & podcasts), TV and theatrical distribution since 2009. BELIEVE has an accomplished record in music, sports comedy and kids programming including the award-winning Dear Basketball, an animated short film with Kobe Bryant, scored by the iconic John Williams, and animated by Disney legend, Glen Keane. Other stand-out BELIEVE projects include: Between Me and My Mind, a feature-length documentary on Trey Anastasio (Phish) that premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival; In the Booth, a multi-season follow doc on the legendary DJ and producer Tiësto; Vocal Point, a country music podcast series produced with Wally Wilson and featuring industry icon Martina McBride, and The LeBrons, a multi-season animated kids series with NBA champion, LeBron James. Trilith Studios Atlanta and U.K. based ITV are Believe’s two largest shareholders and board members. Believe is represented by CAA.



CMT Megahit “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Returns for Landmark Season 15





CMT Megahit “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Returns for Landmark Season 15 on Tuesday, November 24th at 10PM ET/PT
Additionally, the series premiere will simulcast on sister network MTV.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT megahit “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” returns for landmark season 15 on Tuesday, November 24th at 10PM ET/PT

NEW YORK — (October 20) — CMT today announced its most popular and longest running series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” will return for a monumental season 15 on Tuesday, November 24th at 10PM ET/PT on CMT. Additionally, the series premiere will simulcast on sister network MTV.

On the heels of its highest rated season to date, “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” returns to follow a group of hopefuls as they work their way through a rigorous training camp to vie for a highly-coveted spot on one of America’s most iconic teams, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. In a first for the organization, the franchise conducted world-wide auditions virtually, resulting in one of the most diverse and talented casts to-date, and hosted DCC Summer Training Camp inside a “bubble,” where hopefuls lived, trained and filmed together. With more auditions and contestants than ever before, the competition is stiff and the drama is sure to ensue as the candidates must perfect new technically-challenging routines each week to impress DCC Director of Cheerleading, Kelli Finglass, and DCC Head Choreographer, Judy Trammell.

The star-power remains high this season, as reality star and former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Melissa Rycroft Strickland returns as a guest judge and mentor for the rookie hopefuls. Also returning (virtually) are world class choreographers Charm La’Donna (Kendrick Lamar, Meghan Trainor, Brittany Spears and more), Travis Wall (“So You Think You Can Dance”) and Evan Miller (“World of Dance”), plus special appearances by sportscaster/TV personality Erin Andrews and country star Mickey Guyton.

This season of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” consists of eight, one-hour episodes and is produced by Triage Entertainment with Executive Producers Stu Schreiberg, Stephen Kroopnick, Eugene Pack, Peter Zasuly, Charlotte Jones and Kelli McGonagill Finglass. Jackie French executive produces for CMT.

“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” which first premiered in 2006, continues to make television history as a ratings juggernaut for CMT. Fresh off of last summer’s record-breaking Season 14, the show marked its highest-rated season in franchise history, delivering +23% ratings increase among viewers P18-49 (Live +3 rating) YOY.

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

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



CMT’s Most Popular and Longest-Running Series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Renewed





CMT’s Most Popular and Longest-Running Series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” Renewed for Monumental Season 15
This season will be unlike any other, as it returns to follow a group of hopefuls as they work their way through the rigorous training camp and vie for a highly-coveted spot on one of America’s most iconic teams, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT’s most popular and longest-running series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” renewed for monumental Season 15

NASHVILLE — September 14 — CMT today announced its most popular and longest running series “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team” has been renewed for a monumental season 15, premiering later this fall.

“Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team,” which first premiered in 2006, continues to make television history as a ratings juggernaut for CMT. Fresh off of last summer’s record-breaking Season 14, the show marked its highest-rated season in franchise history, delivering +23% ratings increase among viewers P18-49 (Live +3 rating) YOY.

This season will be unlike any other, as it returns to follow a group of hopefuls as they work their way through the rigorous training camp and vie for a highly-coveted spot on one of America’s most iconic teams, the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. In a first for the organization, the franchise conducted world-wide auditions virtually, resulting in one of the most diverse and talented casts to-date, and hosted DCC Summer Training Camp inside a “bubble,” where hopefuls lived, trained and filmed together. With more auditions and contestants than ever before, the competition is stiff and the drama is sure to ensue as the candidates must perfect new technically-challenging routines each week to impress longtime coaches, Kelli Finglass and Judy Trammell.

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

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

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



“2020 CMT Music Awards” to Air on Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT





“2020 CMT Music Awards” to Air on Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT
The “2020 CMT Music Awards” will air on CMT, with a six-network simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.
[via press release from CMT]
“2020 CMT MUSIC AWARDS” TO AIR ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21ST AT 8PM ET/7PM CT

Special event to simulcast across six ViacomCBS Entertainment & Youth Group Brands

WHAT: The “2020 CMT Music Awards” – country music’s only entirely fan-voted award show – will celebrate music’s biggest stars and bring Nashville’s one-of-a-kind energy to music fans across the globe with epic outdoor performances in and around Music City.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st at 8PM ET/7PM CT.

WHERE: The “2020 CMT Music Awards” will air on CMT, with a six-network simulcast across MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, Pop and TV Land.

MORE INFO: For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, use hashtag #CMTawards and ‘like’ the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



CMT Adds More Star Power to “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special”





CMT Adds More Star Power to “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special” Premiering Wednesday, June 3 at 8 PM ET/PT on CMT with Three Network Simulcast
The uplifting celebration and two-hour virtual tribute brings together country music’s biggest names to recognize the most vital and inspirational Americans on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
[via press release from CMT]
CMT ADDS MORE STAR POWER TO “CMT CELEBRATES OUR HEROES: AN ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SPECIAL” PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 AT 8 PM ET/PT ON CMT WITH THREE NETWORK SIMULCAST

Blake Shelton, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan, Gary Sinise, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Olivia Munn, Reba McEntire, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn & Zac Brown Join CMT in Honoring COVID-19 Heroes

Special Event Gets Three Network Simulcast on Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land

NASHVILLE — (May 28) — CMT today revealed its final slate of star-studded talent joining “CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special,” premiering Wednesday, June 3 at 8 PM ET/PT on CMT with a three network simulcast on Paramount Network, Pop TV and TV Land. The uplifting celebration and two-hour virtual tribute brings together country music’s biggest names to recognize the most vital and inspirational Americans on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The growing list of talent continues with some of the biggest stars from music, television and film signing on to join CMT in paying tribute to COVID-19 heroes including Blake Shelton, Bobby Bones, Cody Alan, Gary Sinise, Jake Owen, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lee Brice, Olivia Munn, Reba McEntire, Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn and Zac Brown.

The newly revealed list of celebrities join the previously announced star-packed lineup that includes performers Brandi Carlile, Brothers Osborne, Darius Rucker, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt, Tim McGraw and Thomas Rhett, with cameos from Carrie Underwood, Kristen Bell and Lauren Daigle.

“CMT Celebrates Our Heroes” recognizes COVID-19 heroes in the following categories: Healthcare, Education, Business, Community Leaders, Food Industry, Infrastructure, First Responders, US Military, and more.

Viewers are encouraged to visit CMTOneCountry.com to find out how to give back to those who need it most and see how artists themselves are making an impact.

“CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson; the Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino.

For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and join the conversation with #CMTCelebratesOurHeroes.

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



Statement Regarding the 2020 CMT Music Awards





Statement Regarding the 2020 CMT Music Awards
The 2020 CMT Music Awards, originally slated for June 3, 2020, will move to Wednesday, October 14, 2020.

[via press release from CMT]

STATEMENT REGARDING THE 2020 CMT MUSIC AWARDS

The 2020 CMT Music Awards, originally slated for June 3, 2020, will move to Wednesday, October 14, 2020. Our top priority this last month has been rebuilding our hometown of Nashville following the tornado and ensuring the safety of our fans, employees, artists and partners during the COVID-19 crisis. As we look forward to celebrating country music’s biggest stars together with our community and viewers, we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials.

For more information and relevant updates on the fan-voted award show, visit CMT.com and follow @CMT on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.



CMT Announces New Special “CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for Musicares”





CMT Announces New Special “CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for Musicares” to Honor Late Country Music Icon on Wednesday, April 8 at 8 PM ET/PT
The tribute will feature special virtual performances and interviews from Rogers’ superstar friends including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more.

[via press release from CMT]

CMT ANNOUNCES NEW SPECIAL “CMT GIANTS KENNY ROGERS: A BENEFIT FOR MUSICARES” TO HONOR LATE COUNTRY MUSIC ICON ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 AT 8 PM ET/PT

Special To Include Virtual Tributes From Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill & More

All Donations To Benefit MusiCares(R) COVID-19 Relief Fund

NASHVILLE – April 2, 2020 – CMT today announced “CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares,” an uplifting celebration to honor the extraordinary life and legendary music of the late Kenny Rogers. The special will premiere Wednesday, April 8 at 8 PM ET/PT on CMT. The special will encore on MTV Live at 8:00 PM ET/PT on April 10 and again on CMT at 12:00 PM ET/PT on April 11.

The tribute will feature special virtual performances and interviews from Rogers’ superstar friends including Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more, all filmed directly from their homes and blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews and performances, with clips and commentary from Rogers himself.

“Kenny Rogers transcended genres and generations with his musical versatility, legendary collaborations and timeless appeal, and we’re honored to pay tribute to his legacy,” shared Margaret Comeaux, executive producer, CMT. “Particularly in these turbulent times, we’ll stop and take a moment to allow the memory of our dear friend Kenny to bring us together and inspire us to lend support to those in the music community who are most in need.”

During the special, fans will have the opportunity to honor Rogers’ life and donate directly to MusiCares(R) COVID-19 Relief Fund, established to provide critical funds directly to the thousands of music creators and industry professionals who have the greatest need due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Half of all funds raised will go directly to the Nashville country community.

“The resilience and strength of the country music community is heartwarming,” said Debbie Carroll, Vice President, Health and Human Services MusiCares. “Our deepest gratitude to the Rogers Family and CMT for designating MusiCares as the beneficiary of this broadcast. Their support will help the thousands of music professionals in need of assistance with rent, utilities, food and other basic necessities. I’m proud to call Nashville home and I’m so fortunate to be a member of this community.”

Viewers can support CMT’s efforts by visiting musicares.org/kennycares and texting KENNYCARES to 41444 during the broadcast to contribute. If you are a member of the music industry and in need of assistance, visit musicares.org.

“Our heartfelt thanks to CMT and the Kenny Rogers estate for supporting MusiCares during these unprecedented times,” said Steve Boom, MusiCares Chair. “Donations from the broadcast will benefit thousands of music creators and industry professionals in desperate need of support. Kenny was very philanthropic throughout his lifetime, and that legacy continues to live on.”

Rogers has a celebrated history with CMT and was honored in 2015 as “Artist of a Lifetime” during the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. In 2005, he collaborated with close friend Lionel Richie for an episode of “CMT Crossroads” and also appeared alongside Dolly Parton at “CMT 100 Greatest Duets” to sing “Islands in the Stream,” which earned the No. 1 spot on CMT’s prestigious list. The 1983 hit, written by the Bee Gees, reached No. 1 on both Billboard’s pop and country charts and certified Platinum the same year.

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) and Alan Jackson (2008). Stars that have previously taken part in past specials include Brad Paisley, Buddy Guy, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Gretchen Wilson, Jennifer Nettles, Kelly Clarkson, Kid Rock, LeAnn Rimes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Martina McBride, Megan Mullally, Steven Tyler, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Trisha Yearwood and Wynonna, to name a few.

“CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares” is produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux. For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and use the hashtag #CMTGiants.

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About Kenny Rogers

GRAMMY(R) Award-winning superstar Kenny Rogers enjoyed exceptional success during his storied career of over six decades. With his staying power and universal appeal on full display, he endeared music lovers around the globe with his amazing songs, heartfelt performances, distinctive voice, gift for storytelling, relatability, showmanship, philanthropy and humility.

Rogers sold over 120 million albums worldwide, making him one of the best-selling male artists of all-time according to the RIAA, with one Diamond album, 20 Platinum albums and 11 Gold. He recorded 24 No. 1 hits (including classics like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through The Years”), 12 No. 1 albums and 25 Top 10 country albums. Miraculously, he charted a song within each of the last seven decades. His music has always crossed boundaries, with singles and albums finding frequent success on the Country, Top 40, and Adult Contemporary charts, and in a few instances, on the R&B and Christian charts. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers also achieved pop superstardom and reached the pinnacle of worldwide popularity and celebrity few artists have ever attained, performing live for millions of fans. Rogers’ 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s rank fifth-best all-time, and he sent the most country No. 1’s to the top spot on AC (five of his eight AC No. 1’s were also country No. 1’s).

Rogers has won awards from every organization imaginable. In the fall of 2013, Rogers was bestowed with his biggest honor, being inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. His numerous accolades include 21 American Music Awards, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music Awards (including the Career Achievement Award, Entertainer of the Year, multiple Male Vocalist of the Year Awards and the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award), six Country Music Association Awards (including the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and Male Vocalist of the Year), three GRAMMY(R) Awards, two CMT Music Awards and the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award in 2015. He received the Career Achievement Award at the TNN Music Awards, the Lifetime Achievement Award from IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association), an IEBA Hall of Fame Induction and the SESAC Legacy Award, among many others. He was also the recipient of the Horatio Alger Award, given to those who have distinguished themselves despite humble beginnings, an honor that was very special to him. Rogers was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.

On March 27, 2020 — one week following Rogers’ death — Capitol Nashville sent “Goodbye,” a little-known recording by Rogers written by Lionel Richie, to country radio with the note: “Those closest to Kenny wanted to make this track available to all of his fans.” Rogers delivers a moving performance on the emotional song.

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 and YouTube). CMT is a unit of ViacomCBS Inc. (Nasdaq: VIACA, VIAC) (“ViacomCBS”). For more information, please visit cmtpress.com.

About MusiCares(R):

A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventive, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.

For more information, visit www.musicares.org, “like” MusiCares on Facebook, and follow @MusiCares on Twitter and Instagram.