Emily Cassulo previews tonight’s CMT Music Awards on CBS

She is in Nashville for the red carpet and back-stage interviews

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — The CMT Music Awards are almost here, and you – the fans – get to choose who wins.

This three-hour awards show is going to be action packed. We won’t just see who takes home a CMT trophy, but we get to enjoy great music from our favorite country stars, and even other genres.

Performances will be taking place here at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium, and other locations in the Music City.

Tennessee Valley native Kane Brown is one of those performers.

He’s now even taking on co-hosting duties with “Captain America” actor Anthony Mackie.

Kelsea Ballerini will have to co-host from home since she has COVID-19.

Brown’s also the only artist this year nominated for four awards, including Video of the Year, and Male Video of the Year.

Carrie Underwood already has plenty of CMT trophies in her display case as the most awarded artist in CMT Awards history with 23 wins.

She’s up for two this year – both for the song “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean.

“Two of us get to celebrate the song that we’re so proud of, the video that we’re so proud of, and, you know, we’ll see what our fans do,” Underwood said.

Carrie will be performing one of her new songs tonight – “Ghost Story.”

“Not to give too much away, but I’m doing things I’ve never done before while singing, and everybody should definitely just watch the whole thing,” she said.

And it’s been more than 20 years in the making, but mother-daughter duo, The Judds, will be singing their hit “Love Can Build a Bridge” in front of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

They’ll officially be inducted there next month in the modern era category.

“This is an awesome community, and we really need each other,” Naomi Judd said. “So if I can write a darn song that makes people just for a beat, stop and think about how blessed they are, how grateful they could be.”

Wynonna Judd says she’s grateful to sing a song that’s “so needed in our country,” and a crowd pleaser, which is fitting for the CMT Music Awards.

“This song bypasses all the generations,” Wynonna Judd said. “I know people in their 20s that love this song. I know for myself, I’ll be 58 in May, you know. The grandparents know it, and hopefully the new generation of greatness will know it, as well. It’s a song for everyone.”

If you’re wanting to see dozens of other performances by other country music stars, be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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