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Matt Mason to Perform for Biggest Audience Yet on the CMT Music Awards Tonight

Matt Mason
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This evening, America will tune in to the annual CMT Music Awards where they will see country music’s biggest stars battle it out for the title of many categories, all of which are voted on by you, the fans. Among those performing on the show will be hot star on the rise Matt Mason from CMT’s reality singing competition ‘Next Superstar.’

While Mason is quite comfortable in front of the cameras from being on the show, as well as USA’s ‘Nashville Star’ in 2006, the singer admits his nerves are a little shaky for his 27-second performance on the Nationwide Insurance stage at the Bridgestone Arena.

“I’ve never played a place that big,” Mason tells Taste of Country. “We went over and did our rehearsals [Monday]. We’re sitting in the dressing room, and Colt Ford came in. He and I talked for a little bit. He said, ‘Have you ever played any place this big?’ I said, ‘No, but I’ve done TV stuff before, so the cameras aren’t what bothers me.’ The biggest crowd I’ve played for was probably eight or nine thousand people. That was when I was 16. I opened for Charlie Daniels. We talk for a few more minutes, and we went out to do the rehearsals. I walked out, and I hadn’t even looked up. I just kind of had my head down while I was walking. This fella was taking me to where the stage was at. I got up there, and I looked around. I thought, ‘Holy crap!’ It’s not the biggest of arenas by no means, but it’s huge for somebody who plays [Nashville’s lower] Broadway normally. You walk into the Bridgestone and sing … that’s a big deal!”

Mason, along with ‘Next Superstar’ finalist Steven Clawson, who’s competing with him for the title, will sing a 27-second snippet of Dwight Yoakam’s hit ‘Fast as You’ on the awards.

“Everybody’s told me, you’re going to get up, sing, get back down, and you’re going to be back in your seat before you even realize that you’re done singing because everything goes so quick,” says Mason. “It’s the biggest TV viewers, too. There’s four or five million people who watch the CMT Awards, not including the 15 or 20 thousand people who are there. That’s what makes me more nervous than anything!”

Fans of Mason can still cast their votes for the singer to walk away the winner of CMT’s ‘Next Superstar’ by clicking here or texting MATT to 32709. You can vote 10 times per day by each method, up until 10:00AM ET on Friday, June 10. The winner of CMT’s ‘Next Superstar’ will be named later that night, when the show airs live at 9:00PM ET on CMT. Click here to read our exclusive interview with Mason.

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