CMT changes awards for­mat af­ter Ve­gas shoot­ing

The Sudbury Star - - ENTERTAINMENT - The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.

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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.

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