The CMT 2021 Artist of the Year event goes down tonight at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, celebrating Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Luke Combs.
The network notes these five artists “collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music, leading across all CMT platforms, scoring chart-topping albums and singles, while simultaneously finding creative ways to connect with fans and meet the personal and professional challenges posed by the pandemic.”
In addition, Mickey Guyton will be honored as Breakout Artist of the Year, while Randy Travis will be honored as CMT Artist of a Lifetime, with Garth Brooks and Jon Pardi set to pay tribute to the legendary artist.
The night will include solo performances by Gabby, Kane, and Luke, with Kelsea performing with the Jonas Brothers remotely from the band’s “Remember This” tour. Chris will be celebrated with a never-before-seen collaboration between Boyz II Men and Pentatonix’s Kevin Olosula, while Mickey, will team with Yola on stage.
The night will also feature Walker Hayes treating fans to the first-ever award show performance of his smash hit “Fancy Like.”
The CMT 2021 Artist of the Year airs 9 pm on CMT.