Kane Brown Leads CMT Music Awards Nominations Ahead of ‘Idol’s Luke Bryan

Jill O'Rourke
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The CMT Music Award nominations were announced on Wednesday, with several nods for American Idol stars of past and present. That includes Kane Brown, who was rejected by the show years ago and now boasts the most nominations with four.


Kane Brown Earns Most CMT Music Award Nominations

Brown is nominated for Video of the Year and Male Video of the Year for his song “One Mississippi.” He’s also nominated twice in the category CMT Performance of the Year, once for “Three Wooden Crosses” and again for his involvement in Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me” also featuring Blanco Brown and Breland.

Brown’s friend Lauren Alaina was the runner-up on American Idol Season 10. He was inspired to audition himself, but was rejected. He explained that the judges “didn’t need another Scotty McCreery.” He also appeared on The X Factor, but quit when the show wanted to put him into a boy band.

Now he’s nominated against current judge Luke Bryan, whose song “Waves” is also up for Male Video of the Year. Bryan’s song “Buy Dirt” with Jordan Davis is also nominated for Collaborative Video of the Year. But he and Brown aren’t the only American Idol stars nominated.


SEE ALSO: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ ALUM GABBY BARRETT NAMED TO CMT’S ARTISTS OF THE YEAR LIST

‘American Idol’ Stars Nominated for CMT Awards

American Idol Season 16 finalist Gabby Barrett is nominated for Female Video of the Year for her song “Footprints on the Moon.” She’s up against Mickey Guyton for her song “Remember Her Name.” Guyton appeared on American Idol Season 8. She’s also nominated for Video of the Year and CMT Performance of the Year.

Maren Morris, who was also rejected by Idol, is up for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “Circles Around This Town.” Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is also up for two awards. Her song “If I Didn’t Love You” with Jason Aldean is nominated for Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year.


The 2022 CMT Music Awards will be co-hosted by Kelsea Ballerini and Anthony Mackie. It will air live on CBS April 11. Fans can cast up to 20 total votes per day for their favorite artists.

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