See Photos of CMT Artists of the Year 2021 Red Carpet Arrivals: Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs & More

Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs; Photos by Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs; Photos by Getty Images for CMT
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

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Cassadee Pope; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Cassadee Pope; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Lindsay Ell; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Lindsay Ell; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Reyna Roberts; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Reyna Roberts; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Walker & Laney Hayes; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Walker & Laney Hayes; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Morgan Evans; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Morgan Evans; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
YOLA; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
YOLA; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Lady A; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Lady A; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Mickey Guyton; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Mickey Guyton; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Brooke Eden and Fiancee Hilary Hoover; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Brooke Eden and Fiancee Hilary Hoover; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett & Cade Foehner; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett & Cade Foehner; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Gabby Barrett; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Chris Stapleton & wife Morgane; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Chris Stapleton & wife Morgane; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Jon Pardi & Wife Summer; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Jon Pardi & Wife Summer; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Kane Brown; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Kane Brown; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Randy Travis & Wife Mary; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT
Randy Travis & Wife Mary; Photo Courtesy Getty Images for CMT