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LIFE AND SONGS OF KRIS KRISTOFFERSON Premiering TONIGHT On CMT at 9pm/Central

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson, an all-star concert taped live in Nashville, will premiere Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.

CMT will present the concert as 90-minute broadcast, and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo. The broadcast, concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters and rising stars who came together in March 2016 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for a once-in-a-lifetime concert to celebrate Kristofferson and his classic songs.

The Life & Songs of Kris Kristofferson features performances, in-depth interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage with Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, the Travelin’ McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

Performances includes McEntire’s take on “Me and Bobby McGee,” Lady Antebellum’s version of “Help Me Make It Through the Night” and Church’s interpretation of “To Beat the Devil.” Other highlights include a special performance of “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” by Nelson and Kristofferson and an all-star grand finale performance of “Why Me.”

The CD/DVD version is available for immediate preorder at Blackbird Presents and Pledge Music. Fans can also get exclusive merchandise from PledgeMusic, including a limited edition framed gig poster from the night of the show, color photo, and an Epiphone limited edition 1963 J-45 guitar, all signed by Kris Kristofferson. Merchandise bundles which include the official concert T-shirt, hat and CD/DVD are available from Blackbird Presents.

Keith Wortman is creator and executive producer of the show. Grammy winner Don Was served as music director alongside famed songwriter-producer Buddy Cannon.

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2017 CMT’s ARTISTS OF THE YEAR: Reaching New Heights & Night Of Healing

On Wednesday, October 18th, CMT hosted its 5th annual ARTISTS OF THE YEAR once again at the beautiful Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville sponsored by RAM Trucks and Variety.

Honorees this year were: Florida Georgia LineKeith Urban, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt.

In previous years, the night has focused solely on honoring the selected honorees from country music.  However, due to the recent onslaught of devastating events affecting so many in our country from the Route 91 mass shooting in Las Vegas to so many suffering after the damage of several hurricanes, the night turned its focus towards the healing power that can be found in music and remembering those lost this year in the genre.

The crisp fall night began with a lavish pre-party sponsored by Variety in the beautiful main lobby entrance area of the elegant symphony hall.  The wine flowed and decadent hors d’oeuvres were served by an attentive waitstaff along with a vast selection of cheese and fruit from a decorative centerpiece table setting.

Following the pre-party, we were seated inside at tables in the beautifully-decorated performance area of the venue for the prompt start of the live taped show.  Again, an attentive waitstaff took our drink orders throughout the show and made it an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry from artists to behind-the-scenes from labels, management, public relations, booking agencies, producers, and many more.  All decked out in beautiful dresses and suits fitting of this elagant occassion.

The show opened with a beautiful and powerful collaboration between Andra Day and Little Big Town setting the perfect tone for the evening with “Rise Up”.

Some of my favorite moments were Lionel Richie’s introduction of Luke Bryan.  He was charming, funny, and does he EVER age?! Keith Urban’s performance of his recent hit and what he has dubbed his “sexiest song” to date when interviewed during his #1 party for this song, “Blue Ain’t Your Color”.  It was raw, poignant, and even sexier than ever, which I did not think was possible, but he nailed it, as always.  The Backstreet Boys sang a beautiful, 5-part harmony version of “Holy” honoring their friends and tourmates, Florida Georgia Line.  I’m especially ready for a full on collaboration between the two vocal groups after what I saw of them at the recent CMT CROSSROADS.

My absolute favorite moment of the evening came at the very end closing out the show as Jason Aldean was honored and took the stage joined by his friends in a show of solidarity: Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, and Keith Urban.  Luke Bryan introduced them to the stage and explained that Aldean had a hard time trying to select what he would sing to commemorate the evening, that he kept coming back to a classic Tom Petty song he started singing as an artist when he first moved to Nashville, “I Won’t Back Down”.

Such a fun night at CMT's Artists of the Year! Feel extremely fortunate to get to take part in amazing events like this. Thank you so much to @CMT for having us there!! Did you guys watch it?! Tonight's show was different from years past since honored those struck by recent hurricanes and Las Vegas shooting victims. Closing out the night, this is @JasonAldean joined by friends: @KeithUrban, @LittleBigTown, and @ChrisStapleton singing a song that was a perfect fit in light of all that has happened recently, Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down". #CMTAOTY 😊💕 ▪ ▪ ▪ #lukebryan #jasonaldean #keithurban #littlebigtown #chrisstapleton #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #downtown #night #cmt #awardshow #awards #video #videooftheday #instavideo #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily

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With the recent passing of this musical legend and the circumstances Jason Aldean found himself in just 2 weeks ago as he performed in Las Vegas and was on stage when the shooting happened, it was a very fitting song selection.  All of the country music industry found itself impacted in some way as it hit home all across Music Row and heartbroken as this tragic occurrence happened at a country music festival in Las Vegas.  A song about strength in the face of adversity and a show of solidarity among a few friends, was a perfect message, heartfelt, and felt very healing for all present.  Near the end of the performance everyone in the audience stood up, unprompted, in a united stand of support and show of strength to clap along.  It was a beautiful moment.

Following the show, we were treated by a fun after party, again sponsored by Variety in the same area as the show took place.  We did have to leave the ornate and elagant room as the catering staff set-up for the after party.  Catering for the night was provided by G Catering.

Everyone was ready to celebrate a very special evening following the show  Again, the cocktails and wine were flowing from open bars.  It was a festive and playful atmosphere this time as waitstaff dressed as delivery staff served guests mini gourmet pizzas in small boxes, Chinese food served in mini Chinese take out boxes from an old-fashioned bicycle in its baskets, with hamburger and taco stands to the sides serving mini boxes topped with the CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR logo.

It was a perfect ending to a perfect night, and one that I hope to be fortunate enough to partake in again next fall.

Singer Philip Phillips, who performed Sam Hunt’s “Body Like A Backroad” during the show mixing with guests at the after party.

Jason Aldean & friends’ heartfelt version of “I Won’t Back Down” is available now for purchase and downloads from iTunes and Google Play.  All money raised from the sales will be donated to charity and the victims of the recent tragedies.

Record audience numbers were set by the televised airing of this year’s ARTISTS OF THE YEAR on CMT. Soaring well above audience numbers of its airings in the past 4 years.

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“2017 CMT Artists Of The Year” Special Soars To New Ratings Highs And Ranks As Most Watched In Event History

Following the devastating hurricanes, horrific California wildfires and tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, CMT transformed the annual “CMT Artists of the Year”’ special into a night of hope and healing through the power of music featuring honoreesChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.  The live event from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center notched its highest ratings to date to rank as the most watched in the event’s eight-year history. The 90-minute premiere telecast posted a .35 A 18-49 L+SD, a 61% year-over-year increase. The event performed even stronger with women notching .42 W 18-49, up 73% from one year ago. More than 1.1 million fans tuned in to the premiere telecast and the encore.

“We felt a commitment to our fans to transform the event into a night where we honor human resilience through music, and hopefully in the process lift the spirits of our fans,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “We’re thrilled that the special connected with so many people, especially those who’ve been impacted by the recent tragedies.”

Given the recent shooting in Las Vegas, it’s especially poignant that the special performed strongest in that market, where it posted a 1.77 household rating, an increase of 1867%. The special generated significant growth in other top-tier markets as well, including Tampa (1.10 HH, +320%) ,Philadelphia (1.05 HH, +320%), New Orleans (1.03 HH, +1044%), Columbus (.63 HH, +688%) Denver (.56, +60%), San Diego (.49, +277%), New York (.33, +725%) and Boston (.27 HH, +59%).

CMT created three public service announcements for the special featuring top country stars like Blake Shelton and Dolly Parton. Leveraged media relationships helped amplify CMT One Country’s campaign to support victims of the recent tragedies, generating more than $1 million in media value across a myriad of platforms.

Socially, #CMTAOTY trended nationally on Twitter during the show. “CMT Artists of the Year” ranked as the #1 Most Social Entertainment Program in Primetime on Cable (Nielsen Social Content Ratings, Facebook & Twitter, excludes Sports and News Networks).

The 2017 “CMT Artists of the Year” was a high-spirited salute to fans, featuring cross-genre collaborations including “Rise Up” from Andra Day and Little Big Town, who set the inspirational tone for the evening. Andra Dayand Common also joined forces with Danielle Bradbery, Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Townfor a powerful performance of “Stand Up For Something,” earning a standing ovation from the audience. Additional performers includedBackstreet Boys, Luke Bryan, Phillip Phillips,Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean, who was joined by fellow honorees Stapleton and Urban to close the show with a message of perseverance on the late Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down.”

The news comes on the on the heels of a strong year for CMT, which has posted ten consecutive months of year-over-year ratings growth with Adults 18-49 and with Women 18-49. Quarter-to-date, CMT is up +30% from year ago with Adults 18-49 and up +36% with Women 18-49. (L+SD, CMT Total Day).

Visit cmtonecountry.com to find out how you can help those affected by the recent devastating hurricanes, wildfires and mass shooting in Las Vegas.

“CMT Artists of the Year” will be retelecast on Thursday, October 19 at 12 a.m. ET/PT and Saturday, October 21 at 12 p.m., ET/PT.

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Backstreet Boys And Phillip Phillips Join Can’t-Miss Performance Line-up For “2017 CMT Artists Of The Year

Special to Include Appearances by Amy Grant, Blake Shelton, Bobby Bones, Brothers Osborne, Chris Young, Dolly Parton, Kelsea Ballerini, Lionel Richie and Vince Gill
LIVE from Nashville Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT

CMT today announced pop icons Backstreet Boys and fan-favorite singer/songwriter Phillip Phillips have been added to the performance roster for this year’s “CMT Artists of the Year” special airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 18 at 8 PM ET/PT. The evening will feature performances from the honorees, as well as Andra Day,Common, Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town,who will set the tone for the evening with an opening performance of the anthemic “Rise Up,” and “Stand Up For Something.”

Fresh off their “CMT Crossroads,” Backstreet Boys will celebrate their good friends and “2017 CMT Artists of the Year” honorees Florida Georgia Line, while American Idol-winner Phillip Phillips will toast inaugural “Song of the Year” Award-winner “Body Like A Back Road” by Sam Hunt.

The special includes messages of hope and support for fans directly from country superstar Blake Shelton, Grand Ole Opry member Chris Young, Grammy-winner and legend Dolly Parton and ACM-winner Kelsea Ballerini.

Presenters will include Grammy-winner Amy Grant, nationally syndicated on-air personality and New York Times best-selling author Bobby Bones, CMA-winners Brothers Osborne, Grammy-winner Lionel Richie, CMT Artist of the Year Luke Bryan and Grammy-winner Vince Gill.

The 2017 “Artists of the Year” honorees includeChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan as the five artists who collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music, ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping albums and singles, and selling out arenas across the country. In addition, Sam Hunt, along with co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnallyand Josh Osborne, will be honored with the first-ever “Song of the Year” Award for mega-hit “Body Like A Back Road.”

This year’s special will forgo the formal presentations of awards and speeches in favor of heartfelt messages from the honorees directly to their fans. The special will unite artists from all genres and feature a mix of never-before-seen collaborations and performances from the honorees.

About CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).

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CMT Will Transform “Artists Of The Year” Special From Year-End Celebration Into A Night Of Hope And Healing Featuring Honorees Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban And Luke Bryan  

Following the devastating hurricanes, horrific California wildfires and tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, CMT today announced plans to transform this year’s “CMT Artists of the Year”’ special from a year-end celebration honoring the top artists of the year, into a night of hope and healing through the power of music featuring honoreesChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. The eighth-annual special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center onWednesday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT.

Grammy-nominated Andra Day and Grammy Award-winners Little Big Town will set the tone for the evening with an opening performance of the anthemic “Rise Up,” and Day, Little Big Townand Grammy Award-winner Lee Ann Womackwill also perform Day’s new collaboration, the aptly titled “Stand Up For Something,” with Grammy Award-winner Common.

“Given the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the raging California wildfires and the mass shootings in Las Vegas, we feel a commitment to our fans to address all of the tragedies not in one somber and solemn moment or segment, but rather devote the entire evening to uplifting the fans through high-spirited music,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “Both “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something” are inspirational anthems that perfectly sum the message for the evening. The special has always been a place where artists from different genres can stand side-by-side, and now more than ever, we want to showcase the power of unity and resilience through music.”

The special will unite artists from all genres and feature a mix of never-before-seen collaborations and performances from the honorees. This year’s ceremony will forgo the formal presentations of awards and speeches in favor of heartfelt messages from the honorees directly to their fans. In addition, CMT has assembled the entertainment community to share messages of hope and healing. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

About CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

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CMT Partners With The Creator Of “The Hills” And “Laguana Beach” For New Unscripted Series “Music City” 

CMT just announced the greenlight of new docu-series “Music City” from famed unscripted executive producer Adam DiVello, the creator of iconic shows such as “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach”, through DiVello’s Done and Done Productions banner. “Music City” reunites CMT and Lionsgate, who partnered last year to save fan-favorite “Nashville.”

“Music City” follows a group of young emerging artists chasing their dreams of success in the music industry, while struggling to balance their personal lives and relationships. Filmed in Nashville, TN, the eight-episode series is slated to premiere early next year alongside “Nashville,” which returns for new episodes in January.

Production on “Music City” comes on the heels of a strong year for CMT, which has posted ten consecutive months of year-over-year ratings growth with Adults 18-49 and with Women 18-49. Quarter-to-date, CMT is up +17% from year ago with Adults 18-49 and up +20% with Women 18-49. (L+SD, CMT Total Day).

“Music has always played a huge role in the storytelling process of my past series,” said creator/executive producer Adam DiVello, “and with ‘Music City,’ we’ll take that element to another level, as we document the real-life struggles, heartaches, and drama of those chasing their dreams of stardom. Nashville is such an exciting city and I can’t wait to share with the world the stories of this incredibly talented cast we’ve put together.”

“After a banner year of growth, we’ve enlisted one of the industry’s most influential and talented producers to help guide our ever-expanding fanbase deeper inside our beloved hometown,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “Like its sister series, ’Nashville,’ ‘Music City’ will spotlight a group of young artists as they grapple with love, life and the pursuit of their dreams through the incomparable lens of the creator of some of the most memorable series of the last 20 years. We welcome all the fans of ‘Laguna Beach’ and ’The Hills’ that are now our target audience into the world of ‘Music City,’ and CMT as a whole.”

“We are very excited to work with our incredible partners at CMT to delve deeply into the lives of six residents of Music City,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate. “While cinematically capturing the beauty of Tennessee’s booming state capitol and its vibrant hot spots, executive producer Adam DiVello again has brought together a special mix of creative twentysomethings as they all juggle new opportunities, relationships, jobs and unexpected challenges.”

DiVello first gained prominence as a producer on “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” which he also developed. The series, which introduced a new look and style to reality television that quickly caught on with viewers, followed the personal lives and exploits of a group of high school students and paved the way for DiVello’s highly successful spin-off, “The Hills,” which ran for six seasons on MTV. Focusing on the drama-filled lives and careers of several young women including “Laguna Beach’s Lauren Conrad, the show became one of the most talked-about series on television and led to another spin-off, “The City,” which DiVello also created and executive produced.

“Music City” is produced by Done and Done Productions in association with Lionsgate. Adam DiVello serves as creator and executive producer.

Watch a preview of it by clicking here.

About CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

About Lionsgate
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate is a global content platform whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, gaming, virtual reality and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a 16,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global licensing infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

About Done and Done Productions

Done and Done Productions is a Santa Monica based television production company formed by Adam DiVello in 2007. After developing and producing the groundbreaking hit “Laguna Beach” for MTV, DiVello went on to form his own company and with this new banner created and produced the generation defining series, “The Hills,” along with its successful spin-off “The City.” Done and Done has continued to focus on producing unscripted content with DiVello’s signature cinematic visual style, with a focus on compelling characters and unique storytelling. Done and Done Productions is currently in production with shows for Lionsgate, CMT and Netflix. The company has also developed projects for a variety of other networks including Bravo, E!, USA, TNT and Lifetime.

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CMT To Debut Lauren Alaina’s Romantic Comedy “Road Less Traveled” On November 10

CMT announced that singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina’s new romantic comedy “Road Less Traveled” – titled for Alaina’s hit single of the same name – will make its television debutFriday, November 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CMT (encores Saturday, November 11 at Noon ET/PT). In her first feature-length film, Alaina stars as Charlotte, a successful songwriter struggling to balance her career and her dream of the perfect wedding. Charlotte returns to her rural hometown of Harmony, Tenn. where she faces her past and reconsiders her future, especially after a chance encounter with her first love, Ray, played by Donny Boaz (“Six,” “NCIS”).Jason Burkey (“The Walking Dead”) stars as Spencer, Charlotte’s fiancé, and Charlene Tilton(“Dallas,” “The Love Boat”) appears as Babs, Charlotte’s eclectic aunt with a passion for wine-making.

The film samples a number of songs from Alaina’s sophomore album “Road Less Traveled,” including her newest single “Doin’ Fine,” along with “My Kinda People,” “Queen of Hearts,” “Painting Pillows,” “Holding the Other” and of course the #1 hit single “Road Less Traveled.”

Alaina just released her follow-up single “Doin’ Fine,” and is currently on a cross-country Canadian tour. She’s nominated for her first CMA Award in the Best New Artist category, and earlier this year earned CMT’s Breakthrough Video of the Year award and MusicRow’s Breakthrough Artist Writer of the Year award.

For more information on Lauren, her music and tour dates, visit www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.

ABOUT CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social  (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).⊂

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CMT Ranks Jillian Cardarelli’s New Music Video At #7

CMT debuted newcomer Jillian Cardarelli’s new single “Rerun” last week as part of their Artist Discovery initiative.  In just a few days, Cardarelli’s video has skyrocketed to # 7 in the CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown where fans vote for their favorite videos.

 

Currently, fans can choose from 85 videos by veteran artists like Brad Paisley and Shania Twain as well as new artists like Brothers Osborne and Chase Rice.  This is Cardarelli’s first video appearance on CMT and she hopes her fans will to continue to vote each week in the 12 Pack Countdown.

 

The “Rerun” video can also be seen on GAC starting this week.

 

Cardarelli’s single “Rerun” was written by Grammy Award-winning artist Maren Morris, Tina Parol and Jordan Reynolds and is the first track released from her upcoming self-titled EP.

Cardarelli is originally from Boston, MA and is forging her own path in country music with her stunning vocals, captivating songwriting and girl next door quality.  She is currently making tour dates with Jana Kramer, Jake Owen and Lonestar.

 

Her next single, “Souvenirs” is scheduled to release in October.

 

For more information about CMT, visit www.cmt.com

 

For more information about Jillian Cardarelli, visit her website at www.jilliancardarelli.com

 

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“CMT Artists Of The Year” Honors Country’s Top Artists, Spirit Of Hurricane Harvey Victims And Courageous Volunteers

CMT today revealed it will honor Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan as the premiere country artists of 2017 celebrated at the eighth-annual “CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” special live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT.

This year, the special will extend beyond music to honor the unwavering spirit of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and champion the many volunteers contributing to the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. In addition, throughout the event, country’s biggest stars will encourage fans to continue supporting the extensive recovery over the next year. More information will be announced at a later date.

“Working with our honorees and the entertainment community, we’ll take advantage of one of our biggest nights of the year to honor the resilience of those impacted by this disaster and applaud the fearless efforts of those on the front lines,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “CMT is committed to providing our fans with the tools and resources needed to contribute to this massive recovery effort as well as connecting those affected to the support services they need.”

“CMT Artists of the Year” is the only awards special where music’s biggest stars toast one another with never-before-seen performances and hilarious and emotional moments during the 90-minute special. The five “Artists of the Year” collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music, ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping albums and singles, and selling out arenas across the country.

The announcement comes on the heels of strong year for CMT, which has posted nine consecutive months of year-over-year ratings growth with Adults 18-49.  Quarter-to-date, CMT is up +15% from year ago with Adults 18-49 and up +18% with Women 18-49. (L+SD, CMT Total Day).

With this year’s honors, Jason Aldean andLuke Bryan extend their lead as the artists with the most wins with six each, while Bryan earns the distinction as the artist with the longest winning streak to date (2012-present). This marks both Jason Aldean and Keith Urban’s first returns to the list since 2014, while Chris Stapletonand Florida Georgia Line notch their second and fifth consecutive wins, respectively.

Last year’s annual special honoring Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, Shania Twain and Thomas Rhett fueled growth across the board with L+3 ratings climbing +21% from last year’s telecast among A18-49, attracting nearly 2 million total viewers on premiere night and nearly 4 million total viewers throughout six telecasts throughout the weekend on CMT.  In fact, this year’s telecast marked the highest rated “Artists of the Year” special ever with M18-49. Socially, the special ranked as the #2 show of the night and #7 for the week among Nielsen’s Social Content Ratings.

Previous “CMT Artist of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Meghan Trainor, Jill Scott and Kelsea Ballerini honoring Shania Twain with a medley of her biggest hits, Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis paying tribute to Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman, the cast of Nashville and more.

Former “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees include Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Little Big Town (2015), Miranda Lambert(2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Thomas Rhett (2016), Blake Shelton (2015), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Sam Hunt (2015), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012, 2016), Thomas Rhett (2016) and Zac Brown Band (2010).

About CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

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Star-Studded “CMT Crossroads With GRAMMY® Award-Winning Group Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends Premieres Friday, June 23 At 10pm ET/PT

GRAMMY® Award winning band Earth, Wind & Fire teams up with some of country’s biggest stars when “CMT Crossroads: Earth, Wind & Fire And Friends” premieres Friday, June 23 at 10 PM ET/PT. Joined by friends including Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts,Martina McBride, Dan + Shay, Sara Evans andDrake White, the unforgettable night of electric collaborations took place on the first-ever outdoor “CMT Crossroads” stage from downtown Nashville.

Showcasing Earth, Wind & Fire’s successful catalogue of timeless hits, the musical event drew a packed crowd to downtown Nashville where the iconic funk band proved the ability of their music to transcend any era or genre. Earth, Wind & Fire performed eight of their top singles including classics “Shining Star,” “After The Love Has Gone” and “September.”

To watch Earth, Wind & Fire’s performance of “September” with Lady Antebellum, visit CMT.com. For downloadable photos from the entire show, visit CMTpress.com.

“CMT Crossroads” is produced by Tom Forrest with John Hamlin and Margaret Comeaux executive producing for CMT.

Earth, Wind & Fire is one of the most innovative and influential contemporary music forces of the 20th century. With a signature sound beyond category and a groove as deep as the soul of the planet the band has impacted the history of music and pop culture for over four decades. EWF has sold over 90 million recordings earning them a solid spot as one of the all-time bestselling music artists. Rolling Stone and VH1 ranked Earth, Wind & Fire on their lists of the Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll. Originating from Chicago in 1969, EWF’s career achievements include a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), a total of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. EWF classic songs have remained staples for last few generations including the hits, “September,” “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of The World” and “Boogie Wonderland.” Earth, Wind & Fire’s music continues to influence music with artists ranging from Drake, Kayne West, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars and more. Founded by music genius Maurice White; EWF’s co-founders Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson continue to tour and perform to sold-out audiences around the world.

CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment. CMT, CMT.com and CMTRadio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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