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[12/11/07 - 05:58 PM]
Country Music's Only Fan-Voted Awards Show Announces 2008 Date and Location
This year's awards will broadcast live from Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.

[via press release from CMT]

COUNTRY MUSIC'S ONLY FAN-VOTED AWARDS SHOW ANNOUNCES 2008 DATE AND LOCATION

The 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS to air LIVE on Monday, April 14 From the Curb Event Center at Belmont University

NASHVILLE � December 11, 2007 � Country music's biggest stars will once again rock Nashville's Curb Event Center at Belmont University when the 2008 CMT MUSIC AWARDS premieres LIVE on Monday, April 14, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. 2008 marks the third time that the CMT show and its live red carpet pre-show will be broadcast from Belmont University. The CMT MUSIC AWARDS remains country music's only fan-voted award show.

The first round of nominees will be announced Tuesday, February 5 and fan voting will begin on CMT.com. Final nominees will be announced in early March. Videos must be submitted no later than January 1, and must air on CMT by January 9 in order to be eligible.

The 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS sparked significant post-show album sales and digital downloads for many show performers for the week following the awards show. The awards show and related programming garnered an impressive 9.1 million viewers who tuned in for the premiere on April 16, 2007. During its premiere, the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS ranked No. 1 across all ad-supported cable with women 25-54, and No. 2 with adults 18-49 in the same time period. Since its premiere, more than 31.6 million different total viewers have seen 23 airings of the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS.

CMT, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and Heartland entertainment, reaching more than 87 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network's digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

MTV Networks, a unit of Viacom, is one of the world's leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. MTV Networks, with 137 channels worldwide, owns and operates the following television programming services - MTV: MUSIC TELEVISION, MTV2, VH1, mtvU, NICKELODEON, NICK at NITE, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV LAND, SPIKE TV, CMT, NOGGIN/THE N, VH1 CLASSIC, LOGO, MTVN INTERNATIONAL and THE DIGITAL SUITE FROM MTV NETWORKS, a package of 13 digital services, all of these networks trademarks of MTV Networks. MTV Networks connects with its audiences through its robust consumer products businesses and its more than 200 interactive properties worldwide, including online, broadband, wireless and interactive television services and also has licensing agreements, joint ventures, and syndication deals whereby all of its programming services can be seen worldwide.

*Nielsen Media Research





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