On Wednesday, June 10 the CMT Music Awards will bring together the best in country music for the biggest fan-voted country awards show of the year. The annual evening of honors and festivities lets country fans have their say on the year’s best music videos and televised appearances, and features live performances from some of the most beloved artists.
This year quite a few of the CMT Music Awards nominees have one thing in common — they’re all on tour. Whether they’re headlining their own tours (Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney), warming up the stage for the big guns (Justin Moore, Maddie & Tae), or appearing at festivals like Faster Horses, Watershed and Route 91 Harvest Festival these CMT nominees represent the best and brightest in country music.
Check out our ultimate list of CMT nominees on the road below, and head over to the 2015 CMT Music Awards site to vote for your favorites.
1. Jason Aldean — 2015 Burn It Down Tour
The beloved country crooner will light up the stage as a featured performer at this year’s CMT Awards before “burnin it down” on his upcoming tour.
2. Luke Bryan — Kick The Dust Up Tour 2015
The country superstar recently wrapped up the final installment of his beloved annual Spring Break concert series, but fans looking to keep the party going can catch his live performance at this year’s CMT Awards and his upcoming dates on the Kick The Dust Up Tour.
3. Darius Rucker — Southern Style Tour 2015
The former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman scored his fourth consecutive country chart-topper in 2015 with his latest LP Southern Style, and he’ll continue to embody the album’s title on his laid-back tour this summer.
4. Florida Georgia Line — Anything Goes Tour
The name says it all, folks — fans can expect plenty of surprises as this country duo pays homage to pretty ladies, strong drinks, and pickup trucks on their Anything Goes Tour. Can’t wait till the show comes to town? Catch a glimpse of what’s in store by tuning in to their performance at this year’s CMT Awards.
5. Kenny Chesney — The Big Revival Tour
Another featured performer at this year’s CMT Awards, Chesney is up for four awards including video of the year for “American Kids”. Following his award night performance he’ll continue to work his magic on stages across North America during The Big Revival Tour.
6. Lady Antebellum — Wheels Up 2015 Tour
After they tear up the stage at this year’s CMT Awards, Lady Antebellum will keep the momentum going on tour with rollicking performances of favorites like “Bartender” and “Just a Kiss” on their Wheels Up tour.
7. Tim McGraw — Shotgun Rider Tour
The country veteran scored his eleventh No. 1 album in 2014 with Sundown Heaven Town, and he’ll keep the twangy tunes flowing this summer on the Shotgun Rider Tour.
8. Little Big Town — The Pain Killer Tour
Little Big Town will have fans feeling blissfully good on The Pain Killer Tour as they perform favorites like “Day Drinking” and “Girl Crush”.
9. Eric Church — The Outsiders World Tour
Break out your “Cold One” and get ready to “Smoke a Little Smoke”, because Eric Church’s Outsiders World Tour is coming to a city near you.
10. Ashley Monroe — on the Riot Tour 2015 with Rascal Flatts
The rising singer-songwriter has performed alongside Miranda Lambert in their trio Pistol Annies, appeared in a duet with Blake Shelton on the hit “Lonely Tonight”, and now she’s joining Rascal Flatts for select dates on their 2015 Riot Tour.
11. Dierks Bentley — Sounds of Summer Tour 2015
The country superstar nabbed the CMT Video of the Year Award last year for “Drunk on a Plane”, and he’ll continue to deliver whiskey-soaked favorites on tour.
12. Maddie & Tae — on the Sounds of Summer tour with Dierks Bentley
With their highly anticipated debut album hitting shelves in June, the fresh-faced duo behind last year’s smash hit “Girl in a Country Song” has fans dying to catch them on tour with Dierks this summer.
13. Miranda Lambert — Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour
Riding high off her fifth consecutive chart-topping album Platinum, Miranda Lambert will continue to dominate the world of country music on her 2015 Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour.
14. Sam Hunt — on the Wheels Up 2015 Tour with Lady Antebellum
Hot on the heels of his ubiquitous 2014 breakout hit “Leave the Night On”, the college football player-turned country crooner will continue to melt hearts this summer on tour with Lady Antebellum.
15. RaeLynn — on the Riot Tour 2015 with Rascal Flatts
The former The Voice contestant and “God Made Girls” singer released her debut EP Me in early 2015, and she’ll continue to win over fans this summer on the road with Rascal Flatts.
16. A Thousand Horses — on the Southern Style Tour with Darius Rucker
The Nashville-based group’s blend of rock and country make them the perfect tourmates for former Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker.
17. Zac Brown Band — the Jekyll + Hyde Tour
Zac Brown and company just topped the charts with their critically acclaimed fourth album Jekyll + Hyde, and fans can experience new favorites like “Homegrown” and “Heavy is the Head” on their upcoming tour.
18. Brothers Osborne — on the Southern Style Tour with Darius Rucker
The up-and-coming duo’s inebriating breakout hit “Rum” earned them a spot on Darius Rucker’s summer tour, where they’ll treat fans to cuts from their self-titled 2014 debut album.
19. Brantley Gilbert — on The Big Revival Tour with Kenny Chesney
Gilbert displayed an impressive mix of hard and soft songs his chart-topping 2014 album Just As I Am, and he’ll continue to treat fans to his dynamic songwriting and passionate performances on tour with Kenny Chesney this summer.
20. Justin Moore — on the Crushin’ It World Tour with Brad Paisley
Moore took home the 2014 ACM Award for New Artist of the Year, and fans can see what the buzz is all about as he warms up the stage for Brad Paisley on tour.
21. Thomas Rhett — on the Anything Goes Tour with Florida Georgia Line
With his highly anticipated sophomore album due out later this year, the talented singer-songwriter has fans dying to catch some of the new material on his upcoming dates opening for Florida Georgia Line.
22. Frankie Ballard — on the Anything Goes Tour with Florida Georgia Line
Ballard’s 2014 sophomore album was packed with party-worthy tunes like “Sunshine & Whiskey” and “Young & Crazy”, and he’ll continue to get fans feeling good this summer while on tour.
23. Eli Young Band — on the Good Times and Pick Lines Tour with Toby Keith
The Texas outfit topped the country charts in 2014 with 10,000 Towns, and this summer they’re coming to a town near you on tour with Toby Keith.
24. Chris Stapleton — on the Pain Killer Tour with Little Big Town
Stapleton has penned hits for superstars like George Strait and Kenny Chesney, but lately it’s his solo work that has fans buzzing. See him perform cuts from his 2015 debut album Traveller this summer as he tours with Little Big Town.
25. Brett Eldredge — on the Southern Style tour with Darius Rucker
Fans looking to lose their minds to the “Beat of the Music” can catch this rising singer-songwriter on tour this summer with Darius Rucker.