Chris Stapleton returns as one of CMT's Artists of the Year for the second time, after first taking home the honor in 2016. Over the course of the last year, the singer-songwriter released his sophomore studio album, From A Room: Volume 1, entertained fans with his All-American Road Show tour, headlined the Tortuga Music Festival, and won male vocalist and music video of the year at the 50th annual CMA Awards, along with top country album at the Billboard Music Awards.
Florida Georgia Line
The hits keep coming for Florida Georgia Line. With the 2016 release of their third studio album, Dig Your Roots, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have been a mainstay on the charts over the past year with singles "H.O.L.Y.," "May We All," "God, Your Mama, and Me" featuring the Backstreet Boys, and "Smooth." The duo also opened Nashville hotspot FGL House, hit the road for The Smooth Tour 2017, and took home honors at the ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. This is their fifth year of being named among CMT's Artists of the Year.
Jason Aldean's year has been full of stellar moments including winning entertainer of the year at the ACM Awards, getting his own exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and performing for fans for his They Don't Know Tour. On top of it all, in August he celebrated three No. 1 singles from his latest album, The Don't Know, which brings his career total to 19 No. 1 singles. Aldean is tied with Luke Bryan with the most CMT Artists of the Year wins with six each.
Keith Urban's globetrotting year has been filled with surprises. In June he took home four CMT Music Awards for video of the year, male video of year, collaborative video of the year with Carrie Underwood, and social superstar of the year. The star's Ripcord World Tour found him performing in the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia, while his hit single, "Blue Ain't Your Color" remained at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for 12 consecutive weeks. This is Urban's second time to be named one of CMT's Artists of the Year.
Luke Bryan's streak as one of CMT's Artists of the Year continues, as the star receives the accolade for the sixth consecutive year. Bryan has kept busy in 2017 with co-hosting the ACM Awards with Dierks Bentley, traveling around the country for his Huntin', Fishin' And Lovin' Every Day Tour, performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl LI, and winning CMT performance of the year with Jason Derulo at the CMT Music Awards. Along the way, Bryan has worked on a new album, which will be released later this year, and celebrated the success of "Fast," his 18th career No. 1.