Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus to host 2008 CMT Music Awards

Music’s hottest father and daughter are set to rock Nashville as Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus host the 2008 CMT Music Awards live from Nashville’s Curb Event Center at Belmont University on Monday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT* on CMT and CMT.com. Not only will they host the musical party, but Billy Ray and Miley will take the stage for an unforgettable performance.

“Miley and I are so excited to be hosting the CMT Music Awards. We know it will be a fun-filled night with a lot of great music performances,” says Billy Ray Cyrus and daughter Miley.

In 1992, Cyrus took the country world by storm with the breakout single, “Achy, Breaky Heart,” which drove his debut album Some Gave All to sell more than nine million copies.

The multi-platinum superstar has released 10 albums and held multiple chart toppers, including “Could’ve Been Me” and “Busy Man.” His TV work includes starring roles on the Disney Channel hit series “Hannah Montana” with his daughter Miley, the Pax series “Doc,” plus last year he was featured in ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” and most recently on the CMT reality series Home At Last.

Cyrus’ latest Top 5 single from his Walt Disney Records album Home At Last, “Ready, Set, Don’t Go,” is a duet with his daughter, Miley. Cyrus is currently writing material for his next studio album due later this summer. Cyrus will soon begin production on “The Hannah Montana Movie” and in addition to co-starring alongside daughter Miley, he will also serve as co-producer on the feature film.

Two films scheduled for release later this year are “Flying By” co-starring Heather Locklear and “Bait Shop” co-starring Bill Engvall.

Multi-talented Miley Cyrus has captivated kids and families on Disney Channel’s smash hit comedy series “Hannah Montana,” the No. 1 cable TV series for kids age 6-14. Last year, her triple platinum Hannah Montana soundtrack became the first ever TV soundtrack to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and Miley became the youngest artist to have two No. 1 hits in less than a year.

In 2007, the 15-year old followed that record with a two-disc set, Hannah Montana2 / Meet Miley Cyrus, which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 200 and has since earned triple-platinum status. In late-January Miley completed a 70-date sold out concert tour and by mid-February had the No. 1 film in the country with the Walt Disney Pictures 3D release, Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert.

Miley is currently writing material for her forthcoming studio album due later this year on Hollywood Records. Both Miley and father Billy Ray Cyrus are slated to begin production in Nashville this spring on “The Hannah Montana Movie” to be followed by the taping of the third season of the “Hannah Montana” TV series.

CMT’s seventh annual awards show honors 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 other performances soon to be announced.

On Thursday, March 6, CMT will announce the four finalists in each of the thirteen 2008 CMT Music Awards categories, except Video of the Year. Fans can then vote online at CMT.com through Friday, 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 big winner.

VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video of the year; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration) and the video director.  Final nominees announced during live telecast, with final voting held online at CMT.com during the show.

Brad Paisley – “Online” (Director: Jason Alexander)
Carrie Underwood – “Wasted” (Director: Roman White)
Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink” (Director: Shaun Silva)
LeAnn Rimes – “Nothin’ Better To Do” (Directors: David McClister and LeAnn Rimes)
Rascal Flatts – “Take Me There” (Director: Shaun Silva)
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson – “Because of You” (Director: Roman White)
Sugarland – “Stay” (Director: Shaun Silva)
Taylor Swift – “Our Song” (Director: Trey Fanjoy)
 
MALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a male artist; awarded to the artist.

Alan Jackson – “Small Town Southern Man”
Brad Paisley – “Online”
Jason Aldean – “Johnny Cash”
Josh Turner – “Firecracker”
Keith Urban – “I Told You So”
Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”
Toby Keith – “High Maintenance Woman”
Trace Adkins – “I Got My Game On”
 
FEMALE VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a female artist; awarded to the artist.

Carrie Underwood – “So Small”
Carrie Underwood – “Wasted”
Gretchen Wilson – “Come to Bed”
LeAnn Rimes – “Nothin’ Better to Do”
Martina McBride – “Anyway”
Miranda Lambert – “Famous in a Small Town”
Sara Evans – “As If”
Taylor Swift – “Our Song”
 
GROUP VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a group; awarded to the artists.

Bon Jovi – “(You Want To) Make a Memory”
The Eagles – “How Long”
Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Live Here”
Little Big Town – “A Little More You”
Old Crow Medicine Show – “I Hear Them All”
Randy Rogers Band – “One More Goodbye”
Rascal Flatts – “Stand”
Rascal Flatts – “Take Me There”
 
DUO VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video by a duo; awarded to the artists.

Big & Rich – “Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace”
Big & Rich – “Lost in this Moment”
Brooks & Dunn – “Proud of the House We Built”
Montgomery Gentry – “What Do Ya Think About That”
Sugarland – “Everyday America”
Sugarland – “Stay”
Van Zant – “Goes Down Easy”
 
USA WEEKEND BREAKTHROUGH VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video from an artist’s major debut album; awarded to the artist (male, female, or group/duo).

Bucky Covington – “A Different World”
Chuck Wicks – “Stealing Cinderella”
Eric Church – “Guys Like Me”
Jake Owen – “Startin’ With Me”
Jason Michael Carroll – “Livin’ Our Love Song”
Kellie Pickler – “I Wonder”
Lady Antebellum – “Love Don’t Live Here”
Luke Bryan – “All My Friends Say”
 
COLLABORATIVE VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video that featured a special collaborative appearance by artists; awarded to the artists (individual, group or duo).

Alison Krauss and John Waite – “Missing You”
Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)”
Bon Jovi feat. LeAnn Rimes – “Till We Ain’t Strangers Anymore”
Garth Brooks and Huey Lewis – “Workin’ for a Livin'”
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson – “Because of You”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill – “I Need You”
 
PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR – Musical performance on a television show, series or variety special on a broadcast or major cable network; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

Big & Rich with John Legend – “Lost In This Moment” from the 42nd ACM Awards (CBS)
Dierks Bentley – “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” from A Capitol Fourth 2007 (PBS)
Keith Urban and Alicia Keys – “Gimme Shelter” from Live Earth (NBC)
Kellie Pickler – “I Wonder” from the 41st Annual CMA Awards (ABC)
LeAnn Rimes and Joss Stone – “Tell Me ‘Bout It” from CMT CROSSROADS (CMT)
Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram – “Gunpowder & Lead” from CMT CROSS COUNTRY (CMT)
Sugarland – “Stay” from the 2007 CMT MUSIC AWARDS (CMT)
Tim McGraw – “If You’re Reading This” from the 42nd ACM Awards (CBS)
 
SUPPORTING CHARACTER OF THE YEAR – Best supporting character whose guest appearance enhances the video concept; awarded to the special guest.

Christian Kane for Carrie Underwood’s “So Small”
Drea de Matteo for Shooter Jenning’s “Walk of Life”
James Denton for Dale Watson’s “Justice For All”
Jason Alexander for Brad Paisley’s “Online”
Maureen McCormick for Brad Paisley’s “Online”
Rodney Carrington for Trace Adkins’ “I Got My Game On”
Tyler Hilton for Taylor Swift’s “Teardrops On My Guitar”
William Shatner for Brad Paisley’s “Online”
 
WIDE OPEN COUNTRY VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video from an artist outside the mainstream of country music; awarded to the artist (male, female, group/duo or collaboration).

Alison Krauss and Robert Plant – “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)”
Billy Joe Shaver – “Get Thee Behind Me Satan”
Dwight Yoakam – “Close Up the Honky Tonks”
The Eagles – “How Long”
Jack Ingram – “Measure of a Man”
Old Crow Medicine Show – “I Hear them All”
Shooter Jennings – “Walk of Life”
Willie Nelson – “Gravedigger”
 
TEARJERKER VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video most likely to stir emotion, whether tears of joy or sadness; awarded to the artist.

Big & Rich – “Lost In This Moment”
Billy Ray Cyrus – “Ready, Set, Don’t Go”
Jason Meadows – “18 Video Tapes”
Kellie Pickler – “I Wonder”
Kenny Chesney – “Don’t Blink”
Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson – “Because of You”
Sugarland – “Stay”
Tim McGraw feat. Faith Hill – “I Need You”
 
COMEDY VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Best video to convey a song’s humor and wit; awarded to the artist (individual, group or duo).

Blake Shelton – “The More I Drink”
Brad Paisley – “Online”
Dale Watson – “Hollywood Hillbilly”
Luke Bryan – “All My Friends Say”
Sarah Johns – “The One In the Middle”
Shooter Jennings – “Walk of Life”
Toby Keith – “High Maintenance Woman”
Trace Adkins – “I Got My Game On”
 
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR – Best video director of the year; awarded to the director for his or her body of work from the past year.
 
Charles Mehling (award eligible videos include: Dierks Bentley’s “Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)” and Keith Urban’s “I Told You So”)
David McClister (award eligible videos include: LeAnn Rimes’ “Nothin’ Better To Do” and Jason Michael Carroll’s “Livin’ Our Love Song”)
Deaton Flanigen (award eligible videos include: Big & Rich’s “Lost in this Moment” and Martina McBride’s “Anyway”)
Michael Salomon (award eligible videos include: Toby Keith’s “High Maintenance Woman” and Trace Adkins’ “I Got my Game On”)
Rocky Schenck (award eligible videos include: Alison Krauss and Robert Plant’s “Gone, Gone, Gone (Done Moved On)” and Sugarland’s “Everyday America”)
Roman White (award eligible videos include: Carrie Underwood’s “So Small” and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson’s “Because of You”)

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