How To Watch The 'Country Music Television Celebrates Our Heroes' Special

Even though the 2020 CMT Music Awards won't take place on June 3, country music fans will still have a memorable event to watch. The CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special will celebrate those working in the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Musicians are joining together, from the safety of their homes, to perform and recognize these heroes.

Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert and Thomas Rhett were previously announced to perform from their respective homes during the two-hour special.

On May 12, the network revealed that Kristen Bell, Kane Brown, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Sam Hunt, Darius Rucker, Lauren Daigle and Carrie Underwood are joining the already staggering list of musicians.

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Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt perform at the 2016 Grammy Awards on CBS. The two artists will participate in the "CMT Celebrates Our Heroes" special on June 3. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

"The special will recognize COVID-19 heroes in the following categories: Healthcare, Education, Business, Community Leaders, Food Industry, Infrastructure, First Responders, US Military, and more," CMT's website revealed.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, CMT's biggest events (CMT Music Awards and Artist of the Year) are swapping places. The 2020 CMT Awards which typically takes place in June will be postponed until October 14. The Artist of the Year celebration will be bumped up to June 3 instead of the fall, and refocused on celebrating the pandemic's heroes.

"The CMT Artists of the Year franchise has always been reflective of the important issues of our time, and this year, we all felt it necessary to shift our focus to honoring the real heroes during these unprecedented times," Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President of Music & Talent of CMT, said in a statement. "The evening of unity will feature incredible performances, uplifting tributes and a salute to those risking their lives on the frontlines of this crisis."

The network will also ask viewers to submit their own stories to CMT.com that celebrate the "unsung heroes who have done exceptional things for their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic." Submissions will be potentially included during the remotely-produced special.

"Our top priority this last month has been rebuilding our hometown of Nashville following the tornado and ensuring the safety of our fans, employees, artists and partners during the COVID-19 crisis," the network said in a statement. "As we look forward to celebrating country music's biggest stars together with our community and viewers, we will continue to follow the guidance of the CDC and local public health officials."

CMT Celebrates Our Heroes: An Artists of the Year Special will air on Wednesday, June 3 at 8 PM on CMT.