CMT Announces Performers & Presenters for “Artists of the Year” TV Special

CMT Announces Performers & Presenters for “Artists of the Year” TV Special

CMT announced that its Artists of the Year celebration on Oct. 16 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center will feature performances by Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett, Ashley McBryde, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum and more. Award presenters will include Vince Gill, Maddie & Tae, Bobby Bones, Johnny Galecki, Lauren Akins and Lonnie Chavis.

This year’s ceremony will recognize CMT’s five Artists of the Year—Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett—as well as Reba McEntire (Artist of a Lifetime award) and Ashley McBryde (Breakout Artist of the Year award).

Lady A and Sam Hunt will take the stage to honor Reba, while Vince Gill will present her with the Artist of a Lifetime award. In addition, This Is Us actress Chrissy Metz will debut a special performance in honor of first-time honoree Luke Combs. Carrie’s performance will be live-streamed from her Cry Pretty 360 Tour in Cleveland, Ohio.

CMT’s 90-minute Artists of the Year TV special will air at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 16.

photos: Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood & Ashley McBryde by Tammie Arroyo,; Sam Hunt by Curtis Hilbun,

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Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Brian Kelley Finds A Solo Home

Earlier this year Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard announced that while Florida Georgia Line would continue, both guys would also be venturing out to do their own musical projects. As their FGL song “Long Live” is knocking on the door to number-1, Tyler is also climbing the chart with Tim McGraw and their duet “Undivided.”

Now, Brian is giving fans a taste of what’s to come with his solo project – he shared, “There’s a new kind of cowboy in town…who’s ready to ride this wave? Can’t wait for y’all to hear this new music.”

Brian also made some news in announcing that he’s partnering with Warner Music Nashville when it comes to any future solo projects he has, “I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone who has helped me on my journey to get here. I’m humbled to team up with Warner Music Nashville to take the music I’ve been dreamin’ and schemin’ up to the next level. This is just the beginning of a whole new adventure. My vision for what’s next is a vibe and state of mind – get ready to ride the wave with ya Beach Cowboy, y’all!”

Photo Credit: Ben Christensen