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[05/06/13 - 09:33 AM]
Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert Lead Nominations for the "2013 CMT Music Awards"
Voting begins now at CMT.com and continues until Sunday, June 2, at midnight ET.

[via press release from CMT]

ERIC CHURCH, LUKE BRYAN AND MIRANDA LAMBERT LEAD NOMINATIONS FOR THE "2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS"

Church, Bryan and Lambert Each Garner Four Nominations

Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, and Tim McGraw All Nominated for CMT's Biggest Award - VIDEO OF THE YEAR

Voting Begins Today on CMT.com and Ends Sunday, June 2 at Midnight ET

NASHVILLE - May 6, 2013 - The party for the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS is underway as Eric Church, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert lead the nominations, each picking up four for this year's live show. Nominees were announced this morning on People.com. Voting for the CMT MUSIC AWARDS begins now at CMT.com and continues until Sunday, June 2, at midnight ET.

Artists coming in with three nominations include: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts and first-time nominees Florida Georgia Line; artists with two nominations include: Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, rock legends Journey, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw.

The 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS marks the 12th anniversary of the awards show and will air LIVE from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Wednesday, June 5 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. Kristen Bell returns as host for the second consecutive year and is joined by first-time host, Jason Aldean.

The final nominees in each of the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS categories include:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director. Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.
· Brad Paisley - "Southern Comfort Zone"
· Carrie Underwood - "Blown Away"
· Eric Church - "Springsteen"
· Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
· Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
· Jason Aldean - "1994"
· Kenny Chesney - "Come Over"
· Little Big Town - "Tornado"
· Luke Bryan - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"
· Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"
· Taylor Swift - "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
· Tim McGraw - "One of Those Nights"

MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist
· Blake Shelton - "Sure Be Cool If You Did"
· Eric Church - "Creepin'"
· Hunter Hayes - "Wanted"
· Jason Aldean - "Take a Little Ride"
· Kenny Chesney - "Come Over"
· Luke Bryan - "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye"

FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist
· Carrie Underwood - "Two Black Cadillacs"
· Faith Hill - "American Heart"
· Jana Kramer - "Why Ya Wanna"
· Kacey Musgraves - "Merry Go 'Round"
· Miranda Lambert - "Mama's Broken Heart"
· Taylor Swift - "Begin Again"

GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a group; awarded to the artists
· Lady Antebellum - "Downtown"
· Little Big Town - "Pontoon"
· Pistol Annies - "Takin' Pills"
· Rascal Flatts - "Come Wake Me Up"
· The Band Perry - "Better Dig Two"
· Zac Brown Band - "Goodbye in Her Eyes"

DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists
· Big & Rich - "That's Why I Pray"
· Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
· Love and Theft - "Runnin' Out Of Air"
· Thompson Square - "If I Didn't Have You"

BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video from an artist's major breakthrough album; awarded to the artist (male, female or group/duo)
· Dustin Lynch - "Cowboys and Angels"
· Florida Georgia Line - "Cruise"
· Jana Kramer - "Why Ya Wanna"
· Kacey Musgraves - "Merry Go 'Round"
· Kip Moore - "Beer Money"
· Randy Houser - "How Country Feels"

COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo)
· Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh - "Rocky Mountain Way," from CMT CROSSROADS: JOE WALSH & FRIENDS
· Jason Aldean with Luke Bryan and Eric Church - "The Only Way I Know," from 2012 CMA Awards
· Kelly Clarkson featuring Vince Gill - "Don't Rush," from 2012 CMA Awards
· Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw - "Feel Like A Rockstar"
· Rascal Flatts and Journey - "Changed," from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
· The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis - "Three Wooden Crosses" from CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND RANDY TRAVIS

CMT PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on CMT; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo)
· Dierks Bentley - "5-1-5-0" from CMT UNPLUGGED
· Eric Church - "Homeboy" from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
· Luke Bryan and Ryan Tedder - "Drunk On You/Feel Again" from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
· Miranda Lambert - "Over You" from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
· Rascal Flatts and Journey - "Don't Stop Believin'" from CMT CROSSROADS: JOURNEY AND RASCAL FLATTS
· Toby Keith - "Beers Ago" from 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

Fans can vote online at CMT.com, and on their mobile device at CMT Mobile or the CMT Insider app available on iPhone, iPad and Android now through June 2 to determine the winners. The six finalists for VIDEO OF THE YEAR will be announced at the beginning of the live show and fans can then vote at CMT.com, CMT mobile, on the CMT Insider app and via text message throughout the live telecast (ET/CT only) to determine the night's big winner.

Veteran live event producer Michael Dempsey returns to executive produce the 2013 CMT MUSIC AWARDS alongside director Joe DeMaio. John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

For more information as it becomes available, follow CMT on Twitter (@CMT), hashtag #CMTawards and become a fan of the CMT MUSIC AWARDS on Facebook.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), 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.





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