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Kenny Rogers & Chris Stapleton Added to CMT Artists of the Year Honorees

CMT Artists of the YEar

Today, CMT announced that Kenny Rogers and Chris Stapleton will both be honored during the sixth annual “CMT Artists of the Year,” the definitive year-end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2nd at 8pm ET/PT. Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented by Ram Trucks, is only the second recipient of the award with Merle Haggard receiving the inaugural honor in 2014.

“You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions. You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough,” said Rogers.

The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

The past several years have been some of the most active and rewarding of Country Music Hall of Fame member and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Kenny Rogers,’ entire career. Having recently announced his retirement from touring on NBC’s Today show, he is gearing up for a worldwide farewell tour bringing his legendary music one last time to fans across the globe. On Nov. 11, Rogers embarked on his 34th Christmas & Hits tour in support of his latest Christmas album, Once Again It’s Christmas (Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville). In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.

To celebrate Rogers’s lifetime achievement, RAM Trucks and CMT are giving one lucky winner and a guest the chance to attend “CMT Artists of the Year” and experience the presentation live with the “Experience of a Lifetime Contest Presented by RAM Trucks.” To enter, fans can go to, or enter via social on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with custom hashtag #RAMlifetimeContest and submit a photo/video of who inspires them.

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America Does Love Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler might just be America’s next sweetheart as CMT’s premiere night of “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Thursday night charmed more than 2.5 million total viewers. The premiere episode notched an impressive .81 rating with women (18-49) and .53 rating with adults (18-49) according to Nielsen Media Research*, propelling the network to its highest premiere with adults since 2012 and women since 2008. Including encores over the weekend, nearly 4 million viewers have tuned-in. Kellie and Kyle lit up social media that night with the series ranking as the #2 primetime reality series on Twitter, while the premiere drove a staggering 105% week-over-week increase in visitors and 96% week-over-week increase in total visits to New episodes of “I Love Kellie Pickler” premiere on Thursday nights at 10pm ET/PT.

The premiere of “I Love Kellie Pickler” marks another strong showing for a CMT original series, with the network now pacing 34% ahead in primetime this quarter among A18-49 (L+SD). CMT is building a successful block of original programming on Thursday nights as the 10th season of “Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders Making the Team” recently concluded its season as the highest rated to date with A 18-49 garnering nearly 3 million total viewers, while “Party Down South,” returning January 7, remains the network’s highest rated series.

Recognized and beloved for her fun-loving personality, uniquely hysterical witticisms and Southern charm, “I Love Kellie Pickler” follows Kellie as she navigates her madcap relationships with friends, family and the unpredictability of couple hood alongside her husband, Kyle Jacobs, her complete opposite.

Kellie Pickler catapulted from small-town obscurity and became a household name thanks to “American Idol” and “Dancing With the Stars,” but has since gone on to become a country music sensation and part of the CMT Family. Her Gold-certified debut album Small Town Girl contained her signature hits “Red High Heels” and “I Wonder,” followed by her self-titled second album which featured her Platinum-certified Top 10 hit “Best Days of Your Life.” Her third album 100 Proof, which showcased both her powerful voice as well as her songwriting prowess, was named by Rolling Stone as the No. 1 Country Album of the Year and was among those named by The Washington Post as the “Best of 2012.” Her most recent album, The Woman I Am, caused Newsday to write “…Pickler shows how the next phase of her career may be bigger than she ever dreamed.” Last year, Pickler voiced the lead character in the animated Veggie Tales movie “Beauty and the Beet” and performed eight songs on the official soundtrack album. Earlier this year she launched her first home goods line, “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” available in the Opry Stores and online at A proud supporter of the men and women in the U.S. military, she has completed eight USO Tours and was presented with the Operation Troop Aid Chris Kyle Patriot Award for the acknowledgement of her unwavering and impassioned support and contributions to the United States Armed Forces and their families.

For more information on “I Love Kellie Pickler,” visit, download the CMT App for exclusive footage, like CMT and “I Love Kellie Pickler” on Facebook, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #ILoveKP.


Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt Chosen as CMT’s Artists of The Year

CMT Artists of the YEar

CMT today named Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt as the top country artists of the year to be honored during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special, the definitive year end party, premiering LIVE from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on Wednesday, December 2 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television celebrate returning “CMT Artists of the Year,” Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, with first-time honorees, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town and Sam Hunt.

From house parties to girl crushes to sippin’ on sangria….and then fire, these five artists collectively kicked the dust up to dominate the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.

They join an overgrowing prestigious list of past “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees that includes Jason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012), Eric Church (2012), Hunter Hayes (2013), Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011), Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012), Keith Urban (2014) and Zac Brown Band (2010).

For more information visit or, and go join the conversation on the official CMT Facebook page or follow @CMT on Twitter using the official hashtag, #CMTAOTY.

CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR is executive produced by Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin.  Jayson Dinsmore and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.

Carrie Underwood is Taking Over CMT This Weekend



CMT announced yesterday back-to-back weekend celebrations of all things Carrie Underwood with the premiere of “CMT InstantJam: Carrie Underwood” on Saturday, October 17 at 10 p.m., ET/PT, followed by a special takeover weekend October 24-25 timed to the release of her highly-anticipated fifth album, “Storyteller,” out October 23.

To kick things off, CMT premieres “CMT Instant Jam: Carrie Underwood” on Saturday, October 17 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. The one-hour show captures all the excitement surrounding Underwood’s surprise concert in Atlanta last month at local music venue Variety Playhouse. Performing in front of only a few hundred fans, Underwood rocks out to some of her biggest hits including “Blown Away,” “Undo It,” “Before He Cheats,” current single “Smoke Break” and more. Encore presentations of “CMT Instant Jam” air Sunday, October 18 at noon, ET/PT and Sunday, October 25 at 8 a.m., ET/PT.

The following weekend, Carrie’s takeover on CMT includes an encore of her hit “CMT Crossroads” with Steven Tyler, a special Carrie co-hosted edition of “CMT Hot 20 Countdown,” video blocks with custom intros from the superstar, features on CMT Radio and more.

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