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Kelsea Ballerini leads stars on the CMT Music Awards red carpet in Nashville

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will honor the latest and greatest in country music during Wednesday night’s in-person ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.

Attendees, honorees, and presenters hit the CMT Music Awards red carpet before the big show to put their individual fashion sense on full display.

Kelsea Ballerini, who is co-hosting the ceremony with Kane Brown, leaned on her Barbie instincts by gracing the night’s step-and-repeat in a vinyl hot pink two piece.

Red carpet: Attendees, honorees, and presenters hit the CMT Music Awards red carpet before the big show to put their individual fashion sense on full display; Kelsea Ballerini pictured

Red carpet: Attendees, honorees, and presenters hit the CMT Music Awards red carpet before the big show to put their individual fashion sense on full display; Kelsea Ballerini pictured

The 27-year-old songstress’s eye-catching ensemble consisted of a vinyl spaghetti strap top with visible boning and a pair of matching high-waisted trousers.

She wore her lengthy blonde hair in waves with two braids in the front to frame her face.

Ballerini sported a glowing tan and amplified her natural beauty with a generous amount of blush and a glossy nude lip.

Barbie girl: Kelsea Ballerini, who is co-hosting the ceremony with Kane Brown, leaned on her Barbie instincts by gracing the night' step-and-repeat in a vinyl hot pink two piece

Barbie girl: Kelsea Ballerini, who is co-hosting the ceremony with Kane Brown, leaned on her Barbie instincts by gracing the night’ step-and-repeat in a vinyl hot pink two piece

Blonde bombshell: She wore her lengthy blonde hair in waves with two braids in the front to frame her face

Blonde bombshell: She wore her lengthy blonde hair in waves with two braids in the front to frame her face

Blonde bombshell: She wore her lengthy blonde hair in waves with two braids in the front to frame her face

The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be held in its longtime home in Nashville, with Kane Brown returning to co-host after helping to helm last year’s ceremony.

He’ll be joined this time around by Ballerini, who’s making her debut hosting the country music show.

‘Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,’ the producers of the CMT Music Awards shared in a statement in May. ‘This dynamic duo reflects the show’s revitalized energy as live music returns to center stage in a night filled with incredible outdoor performances, cross-genre collaborations and a few surprises!’

Both artists are nominated for three awards each this year, so they may have to pause their hosting duties to pick up their trophies.

Music city! The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be held in its longtime home in Nashville, with Kane Brown returning to co-host after helping to helm last year's ceremony

Music city! The 2021 CMT Music Awards will be held in its longtime home in Nashville, with Kane Brown returning to co-host after helping to helm last year’s ceremony

In a statement released after he was announced as one of the hosts, Brown recalled the ‘amazing feeling’ he felt after winning his first country music award at the CMTs.

‘The CMT Music Awards are special to me — it’s the first industry award I won and getting on that stage was an amazing feeling,’ he said. ‘I love that the fans get to have their voices heard as we celebrate the best in country music.’

The co-hosts will both be performing during the ceremony alongside performances from country superstars Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris and Miranda Lambert.

Last year’s ceremony had to be moved back from its scheduled June date to October of 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, though Wednesday night’s show will have more of sense of normalcy as Covid-19 cases continued to decrease and vaccination rates rise across the US.

In addition to the standard array of country stars, the CMT Music Awards will be stocked with artists not usually associated with country music.

John Legend scored a Video of the Year nomination for his duet Hallelujah with Carrie Underwood, while pop rocker Pink earned a nomination for Collaborative Video of the Year for One Too Many, a duet with Keith Urban.

Great choices: 'Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,' the producers of the CMT Music Awards shared in a statement in May

Great choices: ‘Kelsea and Kane are two of the brightest, most sought-after stars in country music today and we’re thrilled to welcome them both as hosts of the 2021 CMT Music Awards,’ the producers of the CMT Music Awards shared in a statement in May

Maren Mdaorris and Miranda Lambert lead the evening’s nominees with four nods each.

In addition to the two co-hosts, Mickey Guyton and Little Big Town are close behind with three nominations each. It’s particularly impressive for Guyton, as this is the first year she has been nominated at the CMT Music Awards.

The ceremony will have plenty of star power on stage as the Avengers star Anthony Mackie drops by to present, while Freaks And Geeks actress Busy Philipps will also be on hand. 

The show airs Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to viewers on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia, though viewers looking for a free viewing option online are out of luck.

Big night: The show airs Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to viewers on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia, though viewers looking for a free viewing option online are out of luck

Big night: The show airs Wednesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. EST and will be available to viewers on CMT, MTV, MTV2, Logo, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT Australia, though viewers looking for a free viewing option online are out of luck


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