Randy Travis Is the Artist of a Lifetime

Randy Travis; Photo Marisa Taylor
Randy Travis; Photo Marisa Taylor
Randy Travis; Photo Marisa Taylor

The legendary Randy Travis will soon be honored as the Artist of a Lifetime at the upcoming CMT Artists of the Year ceremony. 

The award, presented by The Ram Truck Band, will be bestowed upon Travis on October 13 during the special, airing live on CMT. 

“To think you receive a Lifetime Achievement award for sharing your heart with the world through music is really beyond words of gratitude. CMT has been so good to me throughout my career and I’m happy they believe I gave something in return. I’m blessed and most thankful,” shared the country music icon. 

“It is a privilege to announce Randy Travis as the recipient of this year’s CMT Artist of a Lifetime award. His historic career encompassing multiple genres illuminates his extraordinary talent, determination, and lasting influence on country music and beyond,” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. “Randy’s unmistakable, traditional country sound has shaped multiple generations and we’re honored to celebrate this deserved lifetime honor with him.”

Other artists who have received the Artists of a Lifetime honor include Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).

Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs
Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs

Chris StapletonGabby BarrettKane BrownKelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs have been named 2021 Artists of the Year. The Breakthrough Artists of the Year honor will go to Mickey Guyton

This year’s Artists of the Year special will return to its original format after changing in 2020 to honor those on the frontlines. 

The special promises to bring some of music’s biggest stars together to celebrate the honorees. 

Musical pairings, special guests, additional honorees, performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The 2021 CMT Artists of the Year special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 13 at 9p/8c.