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[06/07/11 - 08:16 AM]
Performers Announced for The Nationwide Insurance Performance Stage at The "2011 CMT Music Awards" on Wednesday, June 8
Featured performers include Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Hunter Hayes, The JaneDear Girls, Thompson Square and "CMT's Next Superstar" finalists Matt Mason and Steven Clawson.

[via press release from CMT]

PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE NATIONWIDE INSURANCE PERFORMANCE STAGE AT THE "2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS" ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8

Nationwide Insurance Creates Branded Stage to Feature Performances by Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Hunter Hayes, The JaneDear Girls, Thompson Square and CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR Finalists Matt Mason and Steven Clawson

NASHVILLE - June 7, 2011 - The superstar lineup continues to grow for the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS with the addition of Lee Brice, Colt Ford, Hunter Hayes, The JaneDear Girls, Thompson Square and CMT'S NEXT SUPERSTAR Finalists Matt Mason and Steven Clawson who will perform live from the Nationwide Insurance stage on Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. For the fourth year in a row, Nationwide Insurance will be prominently featured throughout the night on a branded performance stage that resembles the insurance giant's blue frame logo.

As part of their sponsorship, Nationwide will bestow the Nationwide Insurance On Your Side(R) Award to country music's best new live act as determined by the fans. Fans can watch their videos and vote through June 7th at CMT.com for nominees Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Colt Ford, The Band Perry and Josh Thompson. For the second year in a row, NASCAR driver and Nationwide Insurance customer Dale Earnhardt Jr. will reveal the winner on Wednesday, June 8.

The 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will be hosted by Kid Rock and will air LIVE from Nashville's Bridestone Arena on Wednesday, June 8 on CMT and CMT.com. Performances for the award show include Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band and Luke Bryan. Presenters during the 2011 CMT MUSIC AWARDS include Shania Twain, Sara Evans, Justin Bieber, Sheryl Crow, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina, Train, Kristen Chenoweth, Melissa Peterman, "Dancing With The Stars" winner Hines Ward, Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews and Mary Steenburgen.

For more information as it becomes available, follow CMT on Twitter (@FollowCMT) with hashtag #CMTawards, text AWARDS to 32709 to get alerts on your phone or become a fan of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.

CMT, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 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 division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

Nationwide, based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by A.M. Best. The company provides a full range of personalized insurance and financial services, including auto insurance, motorcycle, boat, homeowners, life insurance, farm, commercial insurance, administrative services, annuities, mortgages, mutual funds, pensions and long-term savings plans. For more information, visit www.nationwide.com

Nationwide, the Nationwide frame mark, and On Your Side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.





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