CMT announced the 2021 edition of “Artists of the Year” will return to Nashville on Wednesday, October 13, airing live at 9 PM ET from Music City’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The event honors the top five country artists who collectively ruled the last 12 months in country music.

The 90-minute special will once again feature surprise musical pairings and special guests, Event honorees, additional performers, and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information about the 2021 edition of CMT Artists of the Year, visit, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and TikTok, use hashtag #CMTAOTY, and ‘like’ CMT Artists of the Year on Facebook.

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