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Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line's career exploded in 2013 following the release of their debut platinum album, Here's to the Good Times. Reaching No. 1 on Billboard's country albums chart, their project featured the five-time platinum selling single, "Cruise." What's more, the pair embarked on their first headlining tour, selling out cities across the country in less than 30 minutes, while also taking home multiple awards at the CMT Music Awards and ACM Awards.

Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes

Hunter Hayes' young age didn't stop him from sweeping the charts and stealing the hearts of country fans worldwide in 2013. Not only was the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist nominated at the Grammys, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, his platinum-certified album Hunter Hayes also reached No. 1. From his single "Wanted" being declared triple platinum to headlining this year's CMT on Tour: Let's Be Crazy, he's proven he can't be stopped.

Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Multiplatinum-selling superstar Jason Aldean has been on the fast track to superstardom all year long. Beginning 2013 full steam ahead with his Night Train tour, he sold out New York's Madison Square Garden, made history at Georgia's Sanford Stadium, celebrated two No. 1 singles, "Take a Little Ride" and "The Only Way I Know," and received three nominations for the 2013 CMA Awards, including his third nod for entertainer of the year.

Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

This is the year Luke Bryan went from country star to a certified superstar. Known for his country party-anthems, sultry ballads and disarming megawatt smile, Bryan earned his first entertainer of the year award from the ACM in 2013. His latest album, Crash My Party, debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with the third highest sales of the year behind Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, placing Bryan firmly in the realm of superstar.

Tim McGraw
Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw

Country music icon Tim McGraw has decades of experience selling out stadiums around the country. This year the seasoned performer kicked off his Two Lanes of Freedom tour in addition to extending his Soul2Soul Las Vegas venture with wife Faith Hill. No stranger to the spotlight, he garnered his latest No. 1 album, Two Lanes of Freedom, which includes the platinum-selling and CMA nominated single "Highway Don't Care," featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.

ABOUT CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

CMT will celebrate a remarkable year in country music by honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw as 2013's country music artists of the year. For the first time, this 90-minute special will premiere live on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET. This year's five honorees will gather in Nashville alongside their peers and notable luminaries for an evening filled with rocking performances and surprise guests.