2019 CMT Artists of the Year: Everything You Need To Know

On Wednesday (Oct. 16), CMT will honor five of country music’s biggest superstars as the Artists of the Year during…


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October 15, 2019


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On Wednesday (Oct. 16), CMT will honor five of country music’s biggest superstars as the Artists of the Year during the network’s 10th Annual CMT Artists of the Year special. The star-studded event will also celebrate two honorees as the CMT Artist of a Lifetime as well as the CMT Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

The 90-minute special will highlight the five Artists of the Year with surprise musical pairings and special guests, plus a live-streamed remote performance from Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360 in Cleveland, Ohio.

A number of special guest presenters and performers, from music, television and entertainment, have also been announced for the event, which is shaping up to be a must-see celebration for any country music fan.

Hoping to tune in? Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 CMT Artists of the Year special.


2019 CMT Artists of the Year


Wednesday, October 16 at 8pm ET/PT


On CMT (check local listings for details)

2019 CMT Artists of the Year: 

Carrie Underwood
Dan + Shay
Kane Brown
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett

CMT Artist of a Lifetime: 

Reba McEntire

CMT Breakthrough Artist of the Year:

Ashley McBryde

Special Guest Performers and Presenters: 

Bobby Bones
Chrissy Metz
Johnny Galecki
Lady Antebellum
Lauren Akins
Lonnie Chavis
Maddie & Tae
Sam Hunt
Vince Gill

Fans can join in the conversation by following #CMTAOTY.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.