Beginning as the Viewers' Choice Awards in 1988 as aired on The Nashville Network (TNN) the show merged with the Music City News Awards in 1990. The show became the TNN/Music City News Country Awards. In 1999 when Music City news ended publication the show became the Country Weekly presents the TNN Music Awards. In 2001 TNN moved the show to sister channel CMT and became the TNN/CMT Country Weekly Music Awards. A 2002 retool changed the show to the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards then by 2005 they were called the CMT Music Awards. The show also changed to a format similar to the MTV Video Music Awards. Unlike the similar ACM and CMA Awards, all winners of the awards are fan-voted.