Last night, CMT honored their picks for Artists of the Year at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Check out the red carpet fashion of Luke Bryan, Kellie Pickler, Hillary Scott, Sam Hunt and MORE!
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CMT today announced that it will honor the cast of ABC’s groundbreaking series, “Nashville” with the inaugural “International Impact Award” during the “2015 CMT Artists of the Year” special, the definitive year end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on Wednesday, December 2 at 8pm ET/PT. The award will be presented by country sensation Kellie Pickler, currently featured in CMT’s hit series, “I Love Kellie Pickler.” “Nashville” is produced by Lionsgate, ABC Studios and Opry Entertainment.
Cast members Connie Britton (Rayna), Clare Bowen (Scarlett), Chris Carmack (Will), Will Chase (Luke), Charles Esten (Deacon), Jonathan Jackson (Avery), Sam Palladio (Gunnar), Maisy Stella (Daphne), Lennon Stella (Maddie), and Audrey Peeples (Layla) are slated to accept the award on behalf of the entire cast.
“Through their captivating characters, the cast of Nashville have become international ambassadors for our music; helping to spark Nashville’s red-hot renaissance ” said Brian Philips, President of CMT. “With this award, we express our gratitude to a terrific group of stars for helping connect fans from around the world with our city.”
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 top five artists that earned the right to be called CMT’s artists of the year: Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt. 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. Country legend Kenny Rogers will receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime Award,” while Chris Stapleton will receive the first-ever “CMT Artists of the Year Breakout Award” and perform live. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.
Previous “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees include 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).
Past “CMT Artists of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5 covering Taylor Swift’s “Mine.” The show has featured appearances by EllenDeGeneres, Matthew McConaughey, Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman and more.
Country star Kellie Pickler sits down with Larry King on the Emmy nominated series Larry King Now to talk about not wanting kids, but raising chickens, country stars Taylor Swift, Chris Stapleton, and Carrie Underwood and a possible “American Idol” reunion. Plus, reminiscing about getting cozy with Clint Eastwood.
Reality stars, Kellie Pickler and her husband Kyle Jacobs comment on whether there could be a new addition to the cast of reality TV show “I Love Kellie Pickler”. Babies, puppies or chickens?
“He doesn’t consider those [the chickens] our children. He says dinner.” Jacobs adds, “We have two dogs right now and we are content.”
Pickler also commented on Swift’s massive success and how they both met.
“She [Taylor Swift] and Jack Ingram and I were opening acts for Brad Paisley.” Adding onto Taylor Swift’s recent success she says, “She’s a very smart business woman and she’s very talented. She is one of the most incredible songwriters. She’s a great entertainer and I think really marketed herself and protected her brand.”
Kellie’s totally crushing on a fellow country star.
“Chris Stapleton is one of the greatest assets we’ve had in our format. I love seeing great things happen for great people.”
The “best advice” Kellie’s ever received was from Carrie Underwood.
“I remember asking her how do you deal with people picking you apart and saying these hurtful things sometimes lies? Because we’re all people, we all have feelings. She [Carrie Underwood] says ‘I don’t read them. Don’t read it just don’t even open yourself up to all that.’ and that’s some of the best advice.”
Plus, Kellie reminisces about getting cozy with Clint Eastwood,
“I did what any woman would do. I kissed him on the mouth and I curled up in a fetal position on his lap.” And whether or not there will be a farewell reunion during the show’s forthcoming final season, “I think that there will most definitely be an Idol reunion!”
Check out clips from the show below.
Country music singer and television personality Kellie Pickler, has released a new holiday single, “My Christmas Caroline,” available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, and wherever digital music is sold. Kellie wrote the song with her husband, songwriter/producer Kyle Jacobs, as a look back at the Christmas holidays she spent with her grandmother while growing up in North Carolina. The song will also be performed on the Dec. 17th episode of her hit docu-comedy “I Love Kellie Pickler.” The television series airs on CMT every Thursday night at 10:00 PM (ET) / 9:00 PM (CT).
Pickler and Jacobs will make their debut appearance on “The Steve Harvey Show” this Thursday, Nov. 19th, where they talk about “I Love Kellie Pickler” and much more. Check local listings for channel and airtime in each market.
The dynamic entertainer will perform at the Grand Ole Opry in the historic Ryman Auditorium on both shows on Tuesday, Dec. 1st. In-between the two Opry shows, she will also sign autographs and perform a two-song acoustic set in the Ryman’s new Café Lulu as part of the “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler Christmas Event” showcasing the new holiday items in her line of home goods. “Selma Drye by Kellie Pickler,” which debuted earlier this year, is the Opry’s first artist-curated collection and can be found exclusively in the Opry Stores and online at www.shop.opry.com.