HERE'S YOUR HOST! COMEDIAN BILL ENGVALL TO HOST THE "2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS"
Country Music's Only Fan-Voted Awards LIVE From Nashville on Tuesday, June 16
NASHVILLE � May 26, 2009 � Actor/comedian Bill Engvall is set to entertain the masses as host of the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, which will premiere LIVE from the Sommet Center in Nashville on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.
"Bill Engvall is having a great year. He's among the most successful touring comics of all-time, a mass appeal TV star and a record-shattering proven winner with the CMT audience," said Brian Philips, president of CMT. "His wry sense of humor and fast-on-his-feet timing make him an ideal choice as host for this year's Music Awards."
"CMT has promised a �live and loud' awards show, and I'm honored to have been chosen as host," said Engvall. "Live television is always unpredictable and exhilarating, and I'm looking forward to sharing the stage with some of country music's biggest stars."
Country music's only fan-voted awards show, the 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS, will include performances by Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and British rockers Def Leppard. Fans can now vote online at CMT.com through Sunday, June 14 to determine the night's 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 and via text on their Verizon Wireless phones throughout the live broadcast (ET/CT only) to determine the night's big winner.
Bill Engvall is currently the host of the top-rated CMT series, COUNTRY FRIED HOME VIDEOS, and the star and executive producer of the TBS sitcom, The Bill Engvall Show. He recently released the movie Bait Shop co-starring Billy Ray Cyrus, and he also starred in the movie Delta Farce in 2007 with Larry the Cable Guy and D.J. Quall. Prior to his big screen debut, Bill was one of the stars on the sketch comedy show, Blue Collar TV, on the WB Network. Bill is also a recording artist with his first album "Here's Your Sign" certified platinum, which held the No. 1 position on Billboard's Comedy Charts for 15 weeks. As an author, Bill has written many books including his autobiography, Bill Engvall � Just A Guy.
CMT, a unit of Viacom's MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 88 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network's digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.
MTV Networks, a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world's leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company's portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 350 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Noggin, The N, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.
*EDITORS: The 2009 CMT MUSIC AWARDS will premiere LIVE on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 PM, Eastern and 7:00 PM, Central; and at 9:00 PM, Mountain and 8:00 PM, Pacific (tape delayed).