The CMT Music Awards are coming to Austin in April 2023

The announcement came during Carrie Underwood’s tour stop Wednesday night at the Moody Center.

AUSTIN, Texas – The CMT Music Awards are coming to Austin and will be held at the Moody Center in 2023.

Country star Kelsea Ballerini will return to the stage for a third year as co-host of the awards show. The surprise announcement came Wednesday night at the Moody Center during Carrie Underwood’s “Denim & Strass” tour stop in town.

Ballerini joined Underwood on stage and presented Underwood with a denim and rhinestone-encrusted boxing championship-style belt a report from the news partners of the KVUE on the Austin American statesman.

The belt was meant to commemorate the 25 CMT Awards that Underwood has earned, more than any other artist.

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“Our fans can look forward to an unforgettable night of music filled with surprises when the live music capital meets Music City on a national stage for the first time in what will be a true country music extravaganza,” said the event’s executive producers a press release.

Michael Owens, vice president of programming at the Moody Center, said the move to Austin after 21 years in Nashville was the result of nurturing a relationship with CMT, CBS and Paramount.

“The programming team at Oak View Group and the Moody Center have spent the last two years cultivating that relationship and working to popularize CMT, CBS and Paramount in Austin and our new world-class arena. CMT’s commitment to Austin reflects those efforts and we couldn’t be more grateful and excited to host them next year,” Owens said in the press release.

Details of the awards ceremony, such as ticket prices and lineup details, have not yet been announced.

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