2017 CMT Music Awards will pay tribute to late star Gregg Allman during the show being broadcast live from Nashville on June 7, 2017, on CMT. The memory of the late musician will be honored with performances by country music stars Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, according to the CMT website.
Allman was a founding member of the iconic rock band, the Allman Brothers Band. He died on May 27, 2017, at the age of 69, due to liver cancer. Allman was laid to rest in Macon, Georgia on June 3, 2017, according to Rolling Stone. He was buried near his late brother Duane Allman and bandmate Berry Oakley. The funeral was attended by President Jimmy Carter, his ex-wife Cher, Peter Frampton, and many of his Allman Brothers’ band mates.
“Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band helped create the bedrock foundation of modern Southern music,” said CMT President Brian Philips on the CMT website. “Over the weekend following his death, CMT’s most important artists reached out to see how we might honor Gregg at our Awards. This tribute will celebrate Gregg Allman’s soul, charisma, and enduring artistry. ‘The Road Goes on Forever,’ indeed.”
Jason Aldean, who will be performing for the tribute. Is nominated for two CMT Awards, including the Male Video of the Year for “Lights Come On” and Performance of the Year for “Hicktown,” according to the Jason Aldean website. Aldean is featured in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened on May 26 and will be open through Nov. 5, 2017, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Darius Rucker, along with John Mellencamp, is nominated for CMT Performance of the Year for “Pine Houses (From CMT Crossroads).” Lady Antebellum, which includes Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood, is nominated for Group Video of the Year for “You Look Good.”
The CMT Awards will feature performances from some of the top artists in country music, according to CMT. The List of performers includes Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Jason Derulo, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, The Chainsmokers, Lady Antebellum, and more. The awards will be held in Nashville on June 7, 2017, and televised live on CMT.