BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
The first of what is sure to be many award show salutes to Gregg Allman will take place during the 2017 CMT Music Awards.
Georgia natives Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, along with Darius Rucker, will honor the Southern rock icon during the June 7 show.
“Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band helped create the bedrock foundation of modern southern music,” said CMT President Brian Philips in a statement. “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.”
Other performers include Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton, Brett Eldredge, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett, plus live collaborations by the Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood and Earth, Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum.
The show, which airs live at 8 p.m. on CMT, will be hosted by “Nashville” star Charles Esten.