By Meghan Overdeep
May 1, 2017
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This time it’s Charles Esten, not his Nashville character Deacon Claybourne, headed to the CMT Music Awards. Fans of the series will be thrilled to learn that the actor has been tapped to host the 2017 CMT Music Awards set to air live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 7.

“Everybody knows that CMT has a special connection with country music and the incredible fans that love it so much,” Esten, 51, said in a statement. “That connection is why our show, Nashville, now has a perfect home on the network. It’s also why there is no other show quite like the ‘CMT Music Awards.’”

He went on: “It’s a show fully dedicated to the fans and an annual chance for them to place their votes for their favorite artists. Besides always being flat-out fun, it’s also always been a stage for magical musical moments—and a place where some of country’s biggest legends have been made.”

This year’s performers include Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett.

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Nominations will be announced on Tuesday, May 9. Fan voting begins the same day at CMT.com and continues until Monday, June 5 at 12:01 AM ET.

The 2017 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on CMT on June 7 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

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