CMT’s 2022 Artists Of The Year - Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, & More
CMT has named five singers as 2022’s Artists Of The Year - Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, and Walker Hayes. The talented honorees have blessed us with the best tunes this past year, and continue to make lasting impacts on the country music scene.
Combs and Brown both return to accept this prestigious award for the third time, after putting out two of 2022’s biggest albums (respectively, Growin’ Up and Different Man). Both artists are set to headline tours next year, with Combs enlisting breakout star Lainey Wilson as his opening act. Combs headlined Stagecoach this past April, and Brown will do so next year.
Hayes’ sudden viral hit “Fancy Like” introduces a fresh new perspective to country music. While the song’s success mostly stems from a TikTok dance, choreographed by his daughter Lela, the uplifting lyrics about finding joy in the simple pleasures of life truly resonated with fans. Hayes is touring this fall, and of course he’s bringing the whole family with him, like he always does for his gigs. Johnson recently put out a double album entitled Human, featuring the sensational “‘Til You Can’t.” He will also tour next year, with “Running Outta Moonlight” singer Randy Houser and fellow honoree Combs joining him.
Last but not least, Pearce’s recognition follows an extremely successful year, with her legendary album 29: Written In Stone and the Ashley McBryde collaboration “Never Wanted To Be That Girl.” The “Every Little Thing” singer is known for her angelic vocals and heartfelt songwriting. All Country News is, and will always be, immensely proud of her.
Carly took to socials to share a heartfelt thank you, saying, "The last year of my life has been out of a country music fairytale. The dreams I’ve had since I was a little girl made their way to reality. Thank you @CMT for naming me one of their Artists of the Year. What a year it’s been for a girl who always wanted to sing country music"
Overall, the five CMT Artists Of The Year killed it in 2022 thus far, and have big things in store for them! We can’t wait to watch CMT officially recognize this amazing group in their October 14th special. Airing from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the 90-minute broadcast will feature presentations and tribute performances to the honorees. More details, including attendees, presenters, and performers will be released soon, so stay tuned y’all!