We’re turning over a new leaf in country music, at least according to CMT, who is ready to usher in a new generation of young talent.
The 10th Annual CMT Artists Of The Year special will feature Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett,Dan + Shay, and Kane Brown as this year’s honorees. Of course, last year’s honorees were exclusively women in effort to shine a light on the gender disparity plaguing country music, and 2017 featured the likes of Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, among others, taking home the honors.
“These five, stand-out honorees have dominated country music this year and we look forward to paying tribute to each of them at the 10th year anniversary CMT Artists of the Year event,” said Leslie Fram, CMT’s Senior Vice President of Music Strategy & Talent. “From first-time honorees Dan + Shay, Kane Brown and Luke Combs to two-time honoree Thomas Rhett and now five-time honoree Carrie Underwood, this incredible collection of talent coming together at what marks a pivotal time in each of their careers promises to be a night of incredible performances and reflection.”
The ceremony will air live from Nashville on October 16th, featuring special performances, surprise collaborations, and guest appearances.