CMT “Artists of the Year” Turns Its Focus To A Night of Hope And Healing

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In the wake of many Americans being affected by three major hurricanes and a tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, the eighth annual CMT Artists of the Year special will shift it’s focus from a year end celebration, which awards country’s top artists, to a night of hope and healing through the power of music.

This year’s special will feature one of a kind collaborations and performances from it’s previously announced honorees, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan and will eliminate the awards and speeches, instead opting for heartfelt messages from those honorees to their fans.

Andra Day and Little Big Town will kick off the night with a performance of “Rise Up” and Day, Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack will perform Day’s new collaboration with hip-hop artist Common., “Stand Up For Something.”

“Given the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and the mass shootings in Las Vegas, we feel a commitment to our fans to address all of the tragedies not in one somber and solemn moment or segment, but rather devote the entire evening to uplifting the fans through high-spirited music,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land.

The 90-minute special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT.

Additional performers will be announced at a later date.