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Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

The past year has been a whirlwind for Carrie Underwood. She's celebrated her 23rd and 24th No. 1 singles, her sixth studio album, Storyteller, debuted at No. 1, and she's currently the top country artist on RIAA's Digital Single Ranking with 28 million. In June the superstar took home two CMT Music Awards for female video of the year and CMT performance of the year, and in November she'll return to co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley. By the end of the year, she'll perform Billboard's #1 Country tour of 2016 -- The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round -- at 82 arenas.

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton

The accolades keep coming for Chris Stapleton. In November of 2015 he took home album of the year, male vocalist of the year and new artist of the year at the 49th annual CMA Awards. In December, he received the 2015 CMT Artists of the Year breakout award. In February he won best country album honors and best country solo performance at the Grammys. At the ACM Awards in April, he won male vocalist of the year, new male vocalist of the year, album of the year and song of the year. And just recently he was named among the nominees at the 50th annual CMA Awards in the categories of entertainer of the year, single of the year, male vocalist of the year, musical event of the year and music video of the year.

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Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line continued their reign in 2016, as the duo released their third studio album, Dig Your Roots and immediately jumped to No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums and Country Albums charts the same day. Additionally, their lead single "H.O.L.Y." is certified platinum, and has been a steady feature at the top of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. In April they nabbed honors for vocal duo of the year at the ACM Awards, and they're nominated for the same at this year's CMA Awards.The guys are currently on the road for their Dig Your Roots Tour with opening acts The Cadillac Three, Cole Swindell, and Kane Brown, performing for heavily sold-out crowds.

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan's year has been filled with record-breaking moments. He's sold-out four stadium shows so far during his Kill the Lights Tour, and his April concert at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York, set a record for the largest single day country concert attendance and largest single day country concert gross in the venue's history. The reigning CMA entertainer of the year is nominated for the same honor at the 2016 CMA Awards, and is the top country streaming artist of 2014, 2015 and 2016 thus far. In addition, Bryan released his first ever Farm Tour EP, Here's to the Farmer, in Sept., and performed his 8th annual farm tour in Oct.

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett

Thomas Rhett's dance moves aren't the only thing that's smooth. He's quickly moved from country newcomer to chart topper since the release of his debut album, It Goes Like This, in 2013. In the past year alone, Rhett won single record of the year at the ACM Awards, male video of the year at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, and is up for single of the year and song of the year at the 50th annual CMA Awards. He also headlined 2015's CMT On Tour alongside Brett Eldredge, shared the spotlight with Nick Jonas on CMT Crossroads, and his smash hit, "Die A Happy Man," was certified double-platinum.

ABOUT CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

CMT celebrates an unforgettable year in country music by honoring Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett on CMT Artists of the Year. Airing live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 20 at 9/8c, the 90-minute special brings this year's recipients and their peers together for an evening of performances and festivity, honoring each artist's successes during 2016.