We're only halfway through 2016, and it already seems like a ton of country music awards shows have hit the air already. Ready or not, get ready for one more when the 2016 CMT Music Awards air live Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. ET. However, this one is going to be way different than other country music awards shows that have come before it. How so, you ask? Well, the 2016 CMT Music Awards will be full of interesting duets you won't see anywhere else. Now don't you want to know how to stream the 2016 CMT Music Awards online?
Of course you do, and that's exactly what I'm going to help you with. Unfortunately, it's unclear if CMT will offer a free live stream through its official website come showtime. However, the network made a free live stream available for last year's main show, so it's certainly possible it could return for this year's ceremony.
However, you will definitely be able to live stream the 2016 CMT Music Awards red carpet in full from CMT's website starting at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday. There's also always the option of live streaming the show through a cable provider, but you need log-in credentials to do so, and if you have those, you probably already subscribe to cable anyway. That might not be the best way to go for those whose only option is to live stream the awards show on Wednesday night.
Whatever way you choose to view the 2016 CMT Music Awards, make sure you do because it's going to serve up some sure-to-be-memorable duets, from Fifth Harmony with Cam to Billy Ray Cyrus with Cheap Trick to Pitbull with Leona Lewis and Cassadee Pope, CMT announced. You'll see duets during this year's CMT Music Awards that you just won't find anywhere else. The following unexpected collabs from years past prove that.
Keith Urban & Hurricane Katrina Survivors — "Better Life" (2006)
Keith Urban's upbeat country rock single "Better Life" is always enough to put a smile on your face. But the performance, which took place a little more than eight months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in August 2005, became something much more moving when Urban was joined onstage by those affected by the storm. Though the region was still recovering during this time, Urban's performance showed that their struggle had not been forgotten.
Miley Cyrus & Billy Ray Cyrus — "Ready, Set, Don't Go" (2008)
You might think that it doesn't get much more wholesome than duetting with your dad, but wearing a revealing dress and singing about leaving the nest with her pop Billy Ray Cyrus at the 2008 CMT Music Awards, Miley Cyrus was clearly growing up and getting ready for bigger and better things. But if you take this performance at face value, it's incredibly sweet. You'll want to pick up the phone and tell your Dad how much you love him right after watching it.
Sugarland & The B-52s — "Love Shack" (2009)
A country-fried version of the B-52s' classic tune "Love Shack" is something I never knew I wanted. At first, I thought it sounded like a terrible idea too, but it actually kind of works. Plus, I would watch Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles sing just about anything.
Jason Aldean & Ludacris — "Dirt Road Anthem" (2011)
Pitbull's upcoming performance at this year's CMT Music Awards won't be the first time country and hip-hop have shared that stage. The awards show shined a spotlight on this melding of genres when Jason Aldean and Ludacris performed their duet "Dirt Road Anthem" during the 2011 CMT Music Awards. It's difficult to find a high-quality video clip of their performance, but you can check out a recording of the song here. Aldean's part is nice and chill to listen to, but when Ludacris comes in, he adds just the right amount of kick.
John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, & Hunter Hayes — "All Of Me" (2014)
You've probably heard John Legend's 2013 mega-hit "All of Me" before, but you've never heard it like this. With the addition of vocals from Nettles and a down-home backbeat from Hunter Hayes, "All of Me" sounds just as lovely as ever and even gets a bit funkier. There's no video of good quality of the performance available online, but you can listen to this version of the song in full here and promptly add it to all your playlists.
Lady Antebellum & Zedd — "Long Stretch Of Love" & "Beautiful Now" (2015)
Combining country with EDM might be a controversial move, but you can't blame Lady Antebellum for trying. The trio partnered up with Zedd for a mash-up of their song "Long Stretch of Love" and the German DJ's "Beautiful Now" during last year's CMT Music Awards, and I think it was one of the most epic performances, which you can see clips of here, the awards show has ever seen. Lady Antebellum would even go on to release the single "Something Better" with another DJ, Audien. Could there be more country-EDM collabos in the future?
Tune in to the 2016 CMT Music Awards on Wednesday night to see which of this year's duets we'll be talking about for many years to come.