2024 CMT Music Awards: 5 Things You Missed

Kelsea Ballerini announced she was stepping down as the host of the CMT Music Awards during the show in Texas. Taste of Country photographers captured backstage moments while Jelly Roll won three awards. The broadcast took place in Austin, Texas, with Ballerini hosting for the fourth and final time. Her decision to leave was not spontaneous but a result of wanting to explore new professional opportunities. In 2025, a new host or hosts will take over the CMTs. During the show, moments like Ballerini hugging Jelly Roll and a tribute to Toby Keith, which moved his children to tears, stood out. Sam Hunt discussed the inspiration behind his song "Locked Up," which was also reflected in his performance at the awards show. The event also featured performances by Brooks & Dunn, Sammy Hagar, and Lainey Wilson.

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