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CMT Artists of the Year

CMT Artists of the Year

  • Premiered: 
    December 3, 2010
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  • Network: CMT
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Award
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 2010, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR brings honorees together with their peers -- as well as celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum -- for a glamorous evening of performances from the country world and beyond, all in celebration of the successes of the past year. CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR honorees are chosen by ranking the top artists based on the following criteria: sales (physical albums, digital albums, and single downloads); country radio airplay based on spins; concert grosses as a headliner or co-headliner; and activity on (video streams, searches, and artist page views). The rankings are then compiled to identify the leading performers across the four categories cumulatively. Honorees have included:
2010: Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band
2011: Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift
2012: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood
2013: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw
2014: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban
2015: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt
2016: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett
2017: Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan
Live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the ninth annual CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR premiered on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8-9:45pm ET (live)/PT (tape) on CMT. This special honors Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott as 2018's country music artists of the year. Honoree Maren Morris joins forces with Brandi Carlile for a powerful tribute to late icon Aretha Franklin. In addition, Loretta Lynn receives the "Artist of a Lifetime" Award, with a special tribute featuring a performance by Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Martina McBride. The event is also highlighted with performances by Carrie Underwood with CMT Next Women of Country and tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June; Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies; Kelsea Ballerini with Alison Krauss; Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman with soul legend Gladys Knight; and Hillary Scott with singer-songwriter Tori Kelly and Grammy-award winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Scheduled presenters include: Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson, Elle King, Hillary Scott, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Sissy Spacek, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, along with a special introduction by platinum-selling artist, Trisha Yearwood.



  • The Factory at Franklin (2010 & 2012) - Nashville, Tennessee USA - Map It!
  • Bridgestone Arena (2011) - Nashville, Tennessee USA - Map It!
  • Music City Center (2013) - Nashville, Tennessee USA - Map It!
  • Schermerhorn Symphony Center (2014 - Present) - Nashville, Tennessee USA