2018 CMT Music Awards free pre-show events include appearances from Cassadee Pope, Danielle Bradbery, Luke Combs and more
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To celebrate the 2018 CMT Music Awards, CMT is presenting a series of free pre-show events featuring several music artists in Nashville from June 3-6. The artists include two former winners of NBC's "The Voice" (Cassadee Pope and Danielle Bradbery), as well as emerging acts such as Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Walker Hayes and LANCO. Although all of the events are open to the public, a ticketed RSVP is required for some of the events.

The 2018 CMT Music Awards will take place June 6 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, and will be televised on CMT at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Here are the CMT Music Awards pre-show events:

CMT and Pedigree “Paws & Play” Music Festival

WHEN: June 3, 2018: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  

WHERE: Cumberland Park (592 S. First Street, Nashville, TN 37213)



For the first time, CMT and pet-care company Pedigree are teaming up for a dog-centric festival that will include doggie yoga, canine massage, games, photo opportunities, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. Nashville Humane Association, a partner in the event, will have adoptable dogs on-site. "The Voice" Season 3 winner Pope will do two performances: one at 2 p.m., and the other at 3:30 p.m.

"Ram Jam: Artists to Watch" at the CMT Music Awards

WHEN: June 4, 2018: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.  

WHERE: TopGolf Nashville (500 Cowan Street, Nashville, TN 37207)

ARTIST APPEARANCE: Devin Dawson, Walker Hayes, LANCO

RSVP REQUIRED: Yes. Reservations can be made here. Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Emerging artists Dawson, Hayes and LANCO, who will all perform, are each nominated for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2018 CMT Music Awards. The three acts are also among those set to perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage at the CMT Music Awards on June 6.

CMT Music Awards and Bar-S Block Party

WHEN: June 5-6, 2018: 12 p.m.-4 p.m. each day

WHERE:  Schermerhorn Symphony Center Plaza (1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201)

ARTIST APPEARANCE:  Bailey Bryan, Kelleigh Bannen, The Sisterhood Band (June 5); Carly Pearce, Morgan Evans, Tyler Rich, Delta Rae (June 6)


The two-day block party will feature food, games and prizes, including tickets to the CMT Music Awards. The artists will perform and do meet-and-greets at the following dates and times: 

June 5: Bryan at 12:15 p.m.; Bannen at 1:45 p.m.; The Sisterhood Band at 3:15 p.m.

June 6: Pearce at 12 p.m.; Evans at 1 p.m.; Rich at 2:15 p.m.; Rae at 3:30 p.m.

"CMT Crossroads" Taping with Leon Bridges and Luke Combs

WHEN: June 5, 2018: 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  The corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway (outdoor stage)

ARTIST APPEARANCE:  Leon Bridges, Luke Combs

RSVP REQUIRED: No. Doors open at 7 p.m.

"CMT Crossroads," the TV concert series that pairs a country artist with a non-country artist, will be taping an episode with Combs and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Bridges. CMT will premiere the episode on June 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Bridges' second album, Good Thing, was released in May 2018. Combs' album This One’s for You Too, a 17-track expanded collection of his This One's for You debut album, was released on June 1, 2018.

CMT Sweat With Barry's Bootcamp

WHEN: June 6, 2018: 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m. 

WHERE:  Schermerhorn Symphony Center Plaza (1 Symphony Place, Nashville, TN 37201)

ARTIST APPEARANCE:  Kalie Shorr, Danielle Bradbery

RSVP REQUIRED: Yes. Reservations can be made here.

Barry's Bootcamp will lead a morning fitness workout, with music curated by DJ Ivy. Shorr will perform, and "The Voice" Season 4 winner Bradbery will make an appearance.

Hershey's "Certified Country Gold" at the CMT Music Awards

WHEN: June 6, 2018: 1 p.m.-7 p.m.

WHERE:  Bridgestone Plaza (501 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203)



Chocolate food company Hershey's is sponsoring this public karaoke event that will include giveaways of Hershey's Gold chocolate, a digital photo booth and prizes such as tickets to the CMT Music Awards.