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CMT Announces Performers & Presenters For Artists Of The Year

CMT will hold its annual Artists Of The Year ceremony in just two days! As we inch closer to the October 14th live broadcast, the television network has released a full list of performers and presenters for the prestigious event. With that, here's who you can expect to see at one of country music's most iconic nights!


Walker Hayes & Ciara

For what is sure to be a highlight of the night, the Artist Of The Year honoree will take the stage with the 2000s hip-hop star (for our Gen Z country fans, Ciara sings "Goodies" and "One Two Step." It's okay, don't feel embarrassed, we had to Google this too). This wouldn't be Hayes' first time crossing genre lines, as he previously collaborated with Kesha for a remix of his hit "Fancy Like."

Alan Jackson

The Artist Of A Lifetime honoree will accept his accolade and deliver a performance we already know we'll love. Jackson's legendary career has spanned more than three decades and included over sixty music videos; we can't wait to see which of his timeless hits he will sing on Friday.

Carly Pearce

Fresh off of premiering an emotional, moving music video for her current single "What He Didn't Do," this Artist Of The Year honoree will surely shine bright on CMT's stage. As the queen is preparing to release new music, this performance will serve as one of the final moments in her 29 era. Pearce continues to show that she's a true inspiration, and All Country News will never stop being proud of her.

Cody Johnson

We can't wait to watch the "'Til You Can't" singer rock CMT's stage. The Artist Of The Year honoree's performance will surely serve as a highlight of his Human era. We feel grateful to be able to witness Johnson's breakthrough in music - next, he is preparing to tour with fellow superstars Randy Houser and Luke Combs.

Lainey Wilson

The New Artist Of The Year honoree and Yellowstone star will probably rock her signature bell-bottoms during her spectacular CMT performance. Wilson's music career is quickly flourishing, with the star's HARDY collaboration ("wait in the truck") and newest single ("Live Off") climbing on the charts, as well as her whopping six pending CMA nominations and two #1 singles. We can't wait to watch this queen shine yet again.

Kane Brown

The Artist Of The Year honoree has a strong repertoire of hits, such as the sweet "Heaven" and genre crossover collaboration "Be Like That." Recently, he put out his newest record Different Man, featuring sensations like "Thank God" and "Go Around." His upcoming Drunk Or Dreaming tour includes a Stagecoach headlining show. We have no doubt his performance on Friday will be a hit!

Riley Green

Green recently released two singles - "I Hope She's Drinkin' Tonight" and "Get Back Home" - and has an extensive back catalogue of hits including the Thomas Rhett collaboration "Half Of Me." CMT just posted the following stage shots from his rehearsal, getting us even more pumped for his performance tomorrow!


Kelsea Ballerini

This queen is currently in the middle of her Heartfirst tour, which accompanies her flawless fourth studio album SUBJECT TO CHANGE. She is dominating the country music scene right now, and we're so excited to see her be a presenter.

Chris Stapleton

Behind hits like "Tennessee Whiskey" and "You Should Probably Leave," Stapleton is a true legend in country music.

Shane McAnally

One of the greatest songwriters in country music, McAnally has penned hits for the likes of Carly Pearce and Kelsea Ballerini.

Dustin Lynch

Lynch has been enjoying success on his Party Mode tour, which he recently added new dates to. Next year, he will open for Kane Brown. His biggest hits include "Seeing Red" and "Where It's At."

Dan + Shay

After the split of FGL, Dan + Shay is now one of country music's most iconic duos. They are behind beloved tracks such as "Nothin' Like You," "From The Ground Up," and mainstream crossover "10,000 Hours."

Dale Earnhardt Jr.

The NASCAR analyst and Dirty Mo Media owner will surely bring lots of energy to his stint as a CMT presenter.

Gary Levox

The Rascal Flatts lead vocalist is behind some of country music's most iconic songs. Recently, he released a phenomenal solo track entitled "Get Down Like That."

Kelsey Asbille

A star on Paramount's hit show Yellowstone, Asbille has worked closely with New Artist Of The Year honoree Lainey Wilson.

With this star-studded lineup of performers and presenters, as well as numerous photos and clips that CMT has teased us with, we're even more pumped for the October 14th ceremony. Be sure to tune in at 9:00 EST to watch the memorable night in action!

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