Little Big Town, Sugarland to Collaborate During CMT Music Awards

The two country groups last shared the stage at the awards ceremony in 2013 for a rendition of "Life in a Northern Town" alongside Jake Owen

Little Big Town and Sugarland are scheduled to take the stage together at this year's CMT Awards.

On Thursday, the country awards announced during a March Madness game that the two ensembles — who last shared the CMT Music Awards stage in 2013 for a rendition of "Life in a Northern Town" alongside Jake Owen — would be performing a to-be-announced song together at the 2024 ceremony.

Little Big Town, comprised of Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook, will present their 13th CMT Awards ceremony, and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are scheduled to reunite for their first CMT Awards performance since 2011.

The musicians join an impressive performance schedule, which was first announced last week and also includes Bailey Zimmerman, Jelly Roll, Jordan Davis, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, NEEDTOBREATHE, Sam Hunt and Trisha Yearwood, as well as this year's host, Kelsea Ballerini.

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Zimmerman received a vote for male video of the year for "Religiously," and Jelly Roll earned nominations for video of the year, male video of the year and CMT performance of the year for "Need a Favor."

Wilson is up for video of the year and female video of the year for "Watermelon Moonshine," as well as collaborative video of the year for “More Than Friends” with Lukas Nelson + Promise of The Real.

Ballerini also garnered video of the year and CMT performance of the year honors for “IF YOU GO DOWN (I’M GOIN’ DOWN TOO)," as well as a female video of the year nomination for "Penthouse."

Little Big Town is no stranger to the CMT awards, either — the group took over as hosts in 2018 and 2019, and they also hold the record for the most "group video of the year" nominations in the ceremony's history with 25 nominations. Meanwhile, Sugarland's Nettles was honored with the ceremony's first-ever CMT Equal Play Award in 2020 for her activism and support for gender equality and LGBTQ+ rights.

This year, Little Big Town will also be featured on an edition of the network's "CMT STORYTELLERS" series, where the band will take part in a retrospective of their over two decades in the music industry and perform several of their greatest songs.

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Country singer and fourth-time CMT Music Awards host Ballerini previously opened up about preparing for this year's ceremony, telling PEOPLE in an interview that "it's definitely new grounds for me."

"But it's my fourth year hosting, so I feel like I've learned a lot," she told PEOPLE of the 2024 CMT Music Awards solo performance over Zoom from her residence in Nashville. And the positive thing about CMTs is there's such a light energy, so there's not a burden that I feel to be flawless. I just want to be enjoyable, honor the night and assist people have a nice time."

"It's really a big reunion and everyone wants to hang out, so I might just ask for some help where I can get it," she added.

The CMT Music Awards is scheduled to take place April 7 at the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. The program will air at 8 p.m. E.T. on CBS and will stream on Paramount+.