Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Chrissy Metz to Perform at 2019 CMT Artists of the Year Event
The 2019 CMT Artists of the Year performers and presenters will include some of the top artists in country music, as well as celebrities from outside the genre.
Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt and This Is Us star Chrissy Metz will perform during the ceremony on Oct. 16, while Maddie & Tae, Big Bang Theory star Johnny Galecki and This Is Us co-star Lonnie Chavis are set to present awards. Radio host Bobby Bones has also been announced as a presenter, and so has Thomas Rhett's wife, Lauren Akins. Vince Gill is also on board to present Reba McEntire with her Artist of a Lifetime award, with Lady A and Hunt taking part in that segment.
The ceremony will air live on CMT from the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville and honor 2019 CMT Artists of the Year Carrie Underwood, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett. Underwood, Brown, Dan + Shay and Rhett are slated to perform live during the ceremony, as is CMT Breakout Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde. Metz will give a special performance in honor of Combs, who is being honored for the first time at this year's event.
Underwood's performance will air live on-site from her tour stop in Cleveland, where she'll be performing as part of her Cry Pretty Tour 360.
The ceremony will honor all five artists for their contributions over the past year. Underwood released her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, in September of 2018, while Rhett released his latest album, Center Point Road, in May. Dan + Shay debuted their self-titled album in June of 2018, and Combs has scored an unprecedented run of No. 1 hits ahead of his upcoming sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, set for release on Nov. 8. Brown debuted his sophomore album, Experiment, in November of 2018 and is building toward superstar status.
“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,” CMT’s Senior Vice President of Music Strategy & Talent Leslie Fram tells CMT.
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