2021 CMT Artist Of The Year: Everything You Need To Know

CMT Artists of the Year 2021
CMT Artists of the Year
CMT Artists of the Year 2021

The CMT Artist Of The Year ceremony is upon us! The 90-minute special will take place on Wednesday, October 13 at 9/8c on CMT. The show, airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, will feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations, with special guests, performers and presenters.

Here’s a rundown of everything you need to know about the 2021 CMT Artist Of The Year awards, including how to watch, who’s performing, appearing and more.

How To Watch

The 2021 CMT Artist Of The Year ceremony, will air on Wednesday, October 13 at 9/8c on CMT.


Artist Of The Year: Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Chris Stapleton
Artist Of A Lifetime: Randy Travis
Breakout Artist Of The Year: Mickey Guyton 


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Boyz II Men and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix will honor Stapleton with a special tribute performance.

The Jonas Brothers will perform Joe Cocker’s “With A Little Help From My Friends” with Artist Of The Year honoree, Ballerini, on their Remember This Tour from Franklin, Tennessee’s FirstBank Amphitheater.

In addition to Boyz II Men, Olusola, Jonas Brothers and Ballerini, Yola, Brown, Barrett, Combs and Stapleton will also perform during the star-studded ceremony.

Walker Hayes will make his awards show debut with a performance of “Fancy Like” to close out the show.


Garth Brooks will honor country legend Randy Travis with the coveted Artist Of A Lifetime Award.

Eric Church, Connie Britton, Lady A, Michael A. Smith, Misty Copeland, Morgan Evans and Nelly will also present during the special.