Predators’ playoff drive forces venue change for CMT Awards

Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild, Jimi Westbrook
FILE - In this June 10, 2015 file photo, Phillip Sweet, from left, Kimberly Schlapman, Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook, of Little Big Town, arrive at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. Everyone’s crushing on Little Big Town _ including the Country Music Association. The foursome is nominated for five CMA Awards on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015, including album of the year for their million-selling effort, “Pain Killer,” as well as single of the year for “Girl Crush,” one of the year’s most popular - and semi-controversial song. (Photo by Sanford Myers/Invision/AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Nashville Predators’ playoff drive is resulting in a change of venue for the annual CMT Music Awards.

CMT announced Tuesday that the June 7 telecast of its awards show will take place at Nashville’s Music City Center rather than Bridgestone Arena, the home of the Predators.

The Predators won their second-round series with the St. Louis Blues to advance to the Western Conference finals against either the Anaheim Ducks or Edmonton Oilers. If the Predators reach the Stanley Cup Final, they conceivably could end up having a home game on June 7.

See also: Keith Urban, Ballerini, Rhett top contenders at CMT Awards

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