Topping Duo and CMT’s Cody Alan Visit U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
and U.S. 5th Fleet at Naval Support Activity Bahrain for “Hot 20 Video
of the Year Countdown” Premiering December 17 and “Hot 20 Holiday
Salute” on December 24


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 14, 2016) – Country duo Big & Rich
and “CMT Hot 20 Countdown” made network history recently when the show
completed its first-ever trip overseas to a military base in Bahrain to
tape two special holiday episodes that will air at the end of the year.
“Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown” premieres Saturday, December 17 at 9
AM, ET/PT followed by “Hot 20 Holiday Salute” on Saturday, December 24
at 9 AM, ET/PT.

Partnering with Armed Forces Entertainment, Big & Rich, along
with CMT’s Cody Alan visited the Naval Support Activity Bahrain, home to
the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) and U.S. 5th Fleet.
Their trip, which included rocking performances from Big & Rich,
special music video shout-outs from military personnel to their friends
and family back home, tours of Arabian Gulf naval ships, physical
training sessions with soldiers on base, artillery demos and more will
be highlighted across both “Hot 20” specials.

“This was ‘Hot 20’s’ most ambitious production to date and being able
to bring the troops a little closer to their families was a no-brainer
for us,” said Quinn Brown, CMT executive producer. “Our military
deserves special recognition any time of the year, but for the holiday
season it’s particularly important to bring some joy to those overseas.
Big & Rich did just that – what a phenomenal concert they put on for
the thousands at the base. It was an absolute honor to be invited to
NSA Bahrain and to be amongst so many brave and talented people.”

“This was a unique experience for us. It’s the first time that Armed
Forces Entertainment has sent a tour to any of our locations that
included a cable network’s camera crew,” said Major Jody Wynans, Chief
of Armed Forces Entertainment (AFE). “The holidays typically represent a
time when families get together, so to be able to provide our deployed
service members with a little piece of home in the form of quality
entertainment and hopefully cheer them up while they’re missing their
loved ones, is what AFE is all about.”

“It is sure an inspiring experience to get an up-close look at our US
Naval base in Bahrain, which is host and home to a very large
multi-national coalition force working to support operations and
providing stability and peace in the region,” said Big & Rich’s Big
Kenny. “The focus, discipline, knowledge and integrity that we witnessed
of the security forces and command there is superb. I can say with
great pride and assurance that our nation is represented well on the
front lines of freedom by the men and women of the US military. It was
an absolute honor and a blast to play some country music for all the
folks there and say thank you on behalf of all of us back home in the
USA. We are blessed beyond belief.”

Premieres for “Hot 20’” specials from Bahrain include:

Hot 20 Video of the Year Countdown – Premieres Saturday,
December 17 at 9 AM, ET/PT; Encores Saturday, December 31 at 9 AM, ET/PT

“Hot 20” thanks our men and women serving overseas in the first
installment from their trip to NSA Bahrain. For the first time on
national television country superstars Big & Rich debut a new song,
“For the Party,” in front of a small group of Sailors at guard mount,
where they prepare for a 12-hour shift protecting the base. Later, the
guys deliver a full concert to thousands of service members on base
including a performance of their hit “Comin’ To Your City,” and one
lucky individual has the opportunity to join the guys on stage. Cody
Alan tests his physical strength and endurance when he joins four
branches of the armed forces for their early morning training, including
pushing a firetruck, flipping tires and more. Alan also sits down with
an NSA Bahrain Commanding Officer to discuss the importance of the base
in that region, as well as what has surprised him about living in

Hot 20 Holiday Salute – Premieres Saturday, December 24 at 9 AM, ET/PT

Military personnel from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard
command this special episode as they request music videos and send
personalized video messages dedicated to their family and friends back
in the United States. From Toby Keith’s “American Soldier,” to Reba’s
“Fancy” and Florida Georgia Line’s “H.O.L.Y.,” the video requests span a
catalogue of country’s biggest hits.

In addition to “Hot 20” Cody Alan also highlights the trip to Bahrain
on “CMT After MidNite,” with all-new interviews from Big & Rich and
more airing the night before each “Hot 20” premiere (12/16 and 12/23).
“CMT After MidNite” airs from midnight – 6 a.m., ET, reaches nearly two
million weekly listeners on more than 200 radio stations and is
available on iHeartRadio. For more information, visit

CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN is executive produced by Quinn Brown. For more
information on HOT 20 COUNTDOWN and exclusive content, visit, download the CMT app, like the show’s official Facebook page, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #CMThot20.

About CMT:
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading
television and digital authority on country music and entertainment,
reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT,
and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts
and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The
network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT
Music, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

About Armed Forces Entertainment:
Armed Forces Entertainment is the official Department of Defense
agency for providing entertainment to U.S. military personnel serving
overseas, with priority given to those in contingency operations and at
remote and isolated locations. The Department of the Air Force is the
executive agent of Armed Forces Entertainment. Founded in 1951, Armed
Forces Entertainment brings a touch of home to more than 500,000 troops
annually, embracing the best of Americana that stretches across all
genres of entertainment. For more information visit, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

About Big & Rich:
Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and NBC’s “The Celebrity
Apprentice” winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered
multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. The first
single, “Look At You,” from their latest studio album, Gravity, smashed
into the top 10 on the Country chart. The follow-up single, “Run Away
With You,” kept the momentum rolling, also hitting the top 10, while the
latest single, “Lovin’ Lately” featuring Tim McGraw also just scored
top 10 on the country charts. The Country superstars’ first studio
album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single,
“Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Other hits include “Comin’ to Your
City,” “8th of November” and their No. 1 hit, “Lost in this Moment.”
Meanwhile, “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song
for ESPN’s “College GameDay.

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