See Photos of CMT Artists of the Year 2021 Red Carpet Arrivals: Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs & More
Awards shows are back and Wednesday’s CMT Artists of the Year did not disappoint! Ahead of the show, attendees, performers…
Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs; Photos by Getty Images for CMT
Awards shows are back and Wednesday’s CMT Artists of the Year did not disappoint!
Ahead of the show, attendees, performers and honorees strutted their stuff on the Artists of the Year red carpet at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
This year, several guests opted for black ensembles. Many others sported outfits with shades of maroon.
It was date night for artists like Walker Hayes, who arrived with his wife, Laney, Brooke Eden who walked the carpet with her fiancée Hilary Hoover, and Jon Pardi, who arrived with his wife, Summer.
CMT Artists of the Year 2021 will honor Randy Travis with the highly-coveted Artist of a Lifetime title, Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs as the 2021 Artists of the Year and Mickey Guyton with the Breakout Artist of the Year honor.
The show will feature performances by a handful of the honorees as well as Boyz II Men and Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix, the Jonas Brothers, Yola and Walker Hayes.
The 90-minute special will air on Wednesday, October 13 at 9/8c on CMT.
Lauren Jo Black
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.