Taped in Nashville, the show will bring the honorees together with country music peers and celebrities across the entertainment spectrum. The evening will feature performances from the country world and beyond, in celebration of the successes of the past year.
CMT Artist of the Year acts were chosen by ranking the top five artists based on 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 CMT.com (video streams, searches, and artist page views). The rankings were then compiled to identify the leading performers across the four categories cumulatively.
Over the past 12 months, Aldean, Chesney, Lady A, Paisley and Swift have collectively received over 2.7 million spins of their current songs, sold over 9 million copies of their current albums, sold over 20 million individual downloads of their current singles and have garnered over 10.2 million video streams. In addition, they’ve also topped both the touring and CMT.com charts.
This year, honorees and their guests will be treated to cuisine prepared by celebrity chef Stephanie Izard, Top Chef winner and chef/partner of Girl & The Goat restaurant in Chicago.