Taylor Swift et al to Be Honored at 2011 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR
Stars from across the entertainment spectrum were shining brightly at last week's 2011 ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift, for their successes of the past year. The 90-minute special, hosted by Rob Lowe, will premiere Tuesday, December 13 from 9:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com.
"Today, country music is bigger than ever and (is) the undisputed heavyweight champion when it comes to melody, humanity and storytelling," Lowe commented as he kicked off the evening's festivities. "It's no accident that tonight all of the five artists that we honor are singer-songwriters and storytellers."
The honorees were celebrated throughout the evening with surprise performances by artists spanning musical genres, including Gavin DeGraw, The All-American Rejects, Joe Walsh and The Avett Brothers. Heartfelt moments and humor were shared equally throughout the evening, from a variety of presenters representing the best of the music, sports, television and film including Sara Evans, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, Lionel Richie and William Shatner. Other stars including Matthew McConaughey, Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Ellen Degeneres and Jeff Gordon appeared to congratulate the honorees on their big night.