CHARLES ESTEN HOSTS THE"2017 CMT MUSIC AWARDS" JUNE 7 ON CMT
Compiled By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
Building upon an unmatched reputation for superstar cross-genre pairings, CMT announced that breakout artists, The Chainsmokers, will perform with superstar duo Florida Georgia Line for the first time on television during the "2017 CMT Music Awards” airing from Nashville's Music City Center on June 7 at 8 pm (ET/PT).
In a performance sure to span multiple decades, Lady Antebellum will jam out with Earth, Wind & Fire, while country royalty, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will perform live together for the first time on any CMT stage.
They join previously announced superstars Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett.
Additional performers will be added.
Hosted by Nashville star Charles Esten (pictured), country music's highly-anticipated night will see breakout stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett going head-to-head against country music veteran Keith Urban for most nominations at the "2017 CMT Music Awards."
Fans can vote for their favorites now via CMT.com until June 5 for categories including "Video of the Year", "Male Video of the Year", "Female Video of the Year", "Duo Video of the Year", "Group Video of the Year", "Breakthrough Video of the Year,” "Collaborative Video of the Year,” "CMT Performance of the Year,” and "Social Superstar of the Year.”
The top seven finalists for the night's biggest award, the highly-coveted "Video of the Year," will be revealed the morning of June 7.
Last year's "CMT Music Awards" once again earned its title as the hottest night in country music attracting nearly 4 million fans, its biggest to date, across a three network simulcast (CMT, TV Land and Nick@Nite) up +20% from the prior year.
The awards also lit up social media with #CMTawards trending worldwide for 5 hours to rank as the #1 Series/Special on Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings for the day.
Follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram, use hashtag #CMTawards and like the CMT Music Awards on Facebook.
ANOTHER “ONE TO WATCH”
KEVIN SPACEY TO HOST "THE 71ST ANNUAL TONY AWARDS," JUNE 11 ON CBS
Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey will host “The 71st Annual Tony Awards,” live from the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City, June 11 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on CBS.
This will be Spacey's first time hosting the Tonys. He won the Tony Award for “Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play” for his performance in "Lost in Yonkers" in 1991.
The nominations for the 2017 Tony Awards were announced on May 2.
"I was their second choice for 'Usual Suspects,' fourth choice for 'American Beauty' and 15th choice to host this year's Tony Awards,” said Spacey. “I think my career is definitely going in the right direction.” "Maybe I can get shortlisted to host the Oscars if everyone else turns it down."
"A true star of television, film and theater, who better than Kevin Spacey to host this year's Tony Awards?" said Jack Sussman, Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment. "With his extensive repertoire, charisma and unparalleled dedication to live theater. We are thrilled to have him join us for this prestigious television event."
"We are thrilled to have Kevin, who has mastered the Broadway stage, the big and small screens and the West End, host this year's Tony Awards," said Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing.
"We're excited to be working with a witty and charming host who is not only a Tony-winning actor and fan of live theatre, he's also a president who is a true champion of the arts," added executive producers Glenn Weiss and Ricky Kirshner.
Currently, Spacey stars in and executive produces the television series "House of Cards." Since the show premiered in 2013, he's been nominated for multiple Emmys and has won both Golden Globe and SAG Award for his performance as Frank Underwood.
Spacey won the Academy Award for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his performance in "American Beauty," and Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in "The Usual Suspects."
Recently, he starred in "Elvis & Nixon." Next, he will be seen in the feature films "Billionaire Boys Club," "Baby Driver" and "Rebel in the Rye."
Through his former production company Trigger Street, he produced "Captain Phillips," starring Tom Hanks, "The Social Network" and "21," as well having produced the Emmy nominated television series "Recount" and "Bernard & Doris."
For over a decade, Spacey served as the Artistic Director of The Old Vic Theatre Company in London. He recently stepped down from this role, but during his time appeared on stage in productions of "National Anthems," "The Philadelphia Story," "Speed the Plow," "Inherit the Wind," "A Moon for the Misbegotten," and the acclaimed production of the one-man show "Darrow."
Spacey won the Evening Standard and Olivier Awards for Best Actor for his role in "The Iceman Cometh," as well as the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Play in Neil Simon's "Lost in Yonkers."
He also starred in the Broadway and West End productions of "Long Day's Journey into Night," opposite his mentor Jack Lemmon, as well as the title role in the Sam Mendes production of "Richard III," which toured 12 cities around the world as part of the three-year Old Vic/BAM/Bridge Project.
This year marks the 71st anniversary of the Tony Awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria's Grand Ballroom.
The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.
Editor’s Note: Some information used in this report obtained from publicity department press releases.