CMT changes awards format after Vegas shooting
NASHVILLE — CMT is forgoing formal award presentations during this year’s artists of the year show and devoting the entire live show to “a night of hope and healing through the power of music.” The change comes after a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas.
The cable network said Thursday the new format for the Oct. 18 show will focus on the fans, as well as those affected by recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires. The show will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 8 p.m. Eastern.
“It doesn’t feel right to be patting ourselves on the back that night like we would normally do, but instead turn the focus a little bit toward the fans and thank them for what they’ve done for the artists,” said executive producer Margaret Comeaux.
Each of the show’s honourees, which include Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban, agreed with the changes, Comeaux said.
Jason Aldean performs on the Today show on Aug. 25. CMT is changing the format of its award show in the wake of the Las Vegas shootings.