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Blake Shelton & Luke Bryan Among CMT’s Artists of the Year

Variety logo Variety 11/11/2015 Elizabeth Wagmeister
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CMT’s sixth annual “Artists of the Year” special will honor Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt, the network announced Wednesday.

Airing live on Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m. from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 90-minute special on CMT — Viacom’s country music and entertainment cable net — will feature musical performances, tributes and toasts to the biggest stars in music, television and film.

Among the five country honorees year, Shelton, Hunt and Little Big Town are being recognized for the first time. Bryan and Florida Georgia Line are returning “CMT Artists of the Year,” being celebrated again for their achievements from the past year.

Past honorees include Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Hunter Hayes, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Tim McGraw.

More performers for the CMT special will be announced at a later date.

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