On Friday morning (Apr. 8), CMT revealed that the country superstar will be making his return to the CMT Music Awards stage, marking his first appearance on the show in seven years.
When Chesney gets serious, there’s no stopping him. Waist deep in final rehearsals for his Here And Now 2022 Tour, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year and only country artist in the Top 20 of Billboard’s Top Touring Acts of the Decade is so fired up to be back on the road that he’s kick-starting the celebration with a can’t-miss performance of “Beers in Mexico,” one of his most successful and iconic singles to close the 2022 CMT Music Awards.
For Chesney, who will be debuting new drummer Nick Buda and guitarist Danny Rader, it’s the opportunity to rock hard, to have fun and to return to the awards show where he won his first top award – Video of the Year – in 2002.
With video having played a major part in defining who the laid back songwriter/superstar is – delving into many of his songs’ deeper and richer meanings and empowering people through the sentiments of songs such as “Knowing You,” “Get Along,” “Wild Child,” “Noise,” “Here And Now” and “Everyone She Knows” – Chesney understands the power of merging his high impact live shows with the mini-films that have become one of his signatures over the last decade and a half.
“When you do video right, it’s a lot like hitting the stage with everything you’ve got,” explains Chesney. “You can give people so much more than a song or a record; you can show them the power and the emotion that’s driving what’s inside the songs. So, for us to come be part of this Monday, it’s bringing who we are during concerts to a place where people have seen so many of these videos. And it’s always great to be able to close down the night!”
With the tour kick-off still two weeks away, Chesney gets to do what he does best: rock people in a way that saw the Wall Street Journal declare him “King of the Road.” In a single song, with no holds barred, the viewers will get a preview of the guy who will play 21 stadium shows this summer – and see the band that’s so good, he couldn’t wait to show the world!
As previously announced, the 2022 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie, will feature world premieres, first time collaborations and can’t-miss performances from Jason Aldean + Bryan Adams, Jimmie Allen + Monica + Little Big Town, Ballerini, Kane Brown, Mickey Guyton + Black Pumas, Walker Hayes, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris + Ryan Hurd, Old Dominion, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett + Riley Green, Cole Swindell + Lainey Wilson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, plus the first televised performance in over two decades from the legendary duo The Judds. Emerging artists Priscilla Block, BRELAND, Jessie James Decker, Parker McCollum, Elvie Shane and Caitlyn Smith will also perform from the Ram Trucks Side Stage.
The incredible roster of presenters for this year includes Jimmie Allen, Gabby Barrett, Rob Corrdry, Jordan Davis, Billy Gibbons, Gayle King, Taylor Lautner, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Joel McHale, Kacey Musgraves, Carly Pearce, Queer Eye’s Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France + Antoni Porowski, LeAnn Rimes, Dylan Scott, and Dennis Quaid.
Additionally, CMT will air CMT Music Awards Extended Cut with an added 30 minutes of new performances and extra bonus content on Friday, April 15th (8:00-11:30 PM ET) exclusively on CMT.
Official sponsors of the 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS include Fritos®, Ram Truck Brand, SONIC® and Verizon.
The 2022 CMT MUSIC AWARDS are Executive Produced by Margaret Comeaux (CMT), John Hamlin (Switched On Entertainment), Leslie Fram (CMT) and Jason Owen (Sandbox Entertainment); Patrizia DiMaria (Ladypants Productions) is co-executive producer; Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino are executives in charge of production; Shanna Strassberg and Taryn Hurd are talent producers.