Jason Aldean To Perform At CMT Awards, Months After Network Pulled His Music Video For “Try That In A Small Town”

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No hard feelings?

Last summer, Jason Aldean found himself surrounded in controversy after releasing his music video for “Try That In A Small Town.”

The song called out big-city lawlessness, and largely flew under the radar until Aldean released a music video featuring scenes of looting and rioting. And people also pointed out that the video was filmed at the Maury County Courthouse in Aldean’s hometown, which was the site of a 1927 lynching.

Amid backlash from many who called the video and song “racist,” CMT quietly removed the video from their rotation, a decision that the network confirmed to Billboard but declined to comment on any further.

But it sounds like both sides are ready to forgive and forget, and CMT is ready to welcome Jason back.

Of course he was never really “banned” from the network, despite them pulling the video. But now, CMT has announced that Aldean will be performing at the CMT Music Awards this coming Sunday.

While it would have been hilarious if Aldean would be singing “Try That In A Small Town,” instead he’s going to be performing “Let Your Boys Be Country,” which is nominated for Video of the Year.

The video for the single features Jason’s six-year old son Memphis, and also includes appearances from his wife Brittany and their daughter, Navy.

Jason hasn’t commented on his previous video being pulled from the network, but it sounds like he doesn’t hold a grudge against them for removing it from their rotation.

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if he pulled an Alan Jackson and surprised everybody with a protest performance of “Try That In A Small Town” instead though?

Have a feeling that won’t happen, but it would at least make the show worth watching for the drama.

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