Teen superstar Miley Cyrus is teaming up with her famous dad Billy Ray Cyrus to host the 2008 CMT Music Awards on April 14 from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University. The awards honor country music’s elite for the year’s most outstanding music videos and performances and continues to be the genre’s only fan-voted awards. Previously announced performers include Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Sugarland, Taylor Swift and Toby Keith, with others to be named later.
Father and daughter will not only host the show but also take the stage with what is being billed as “an unforgettable performance.”
“Miley and I are so excited to be hosting the CMT Music Awards,” said the elder Cyrus in a statement. “We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances.”
Miley’s “Best of Both Worlds” tour, which began in October 2007 and wrapped in late January after 70 dates, has not only created a ticketing frenzy but has also had some controversial moments regarding ticket distribution. Even her concert movie was the No. 1 seller on MovieTickets.comthe first week on sale.
Just as Miley/Hannah has taken the world by storm, so did her dad in 1992 with the country music world with his breakout single, “Achy, Breaky Heart,” which drove his debut album, “Some Gave All,” to sell more than 9 million copies. To date, he has released 10 albums and has been involved with TV work, including starring roles with his daughter on the Disney Channel hit “Hannah Montana” and other programs.
CMT will announce the four finalists in each of the 13 awards categories (except video of the year) on March 6. Fans can then vote online at CMT.com through April 11 to determine the winners. The final nominees for Video of the year will be announced at the beginning of the live show, and fans can vote at CMT.com throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night’s winner.
(The image accompanying this story is from Top40-Charts.com)
Last Updated on February 27, 2008 by By Jane Cohen & Bob Grossweiner