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Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean has been named a CMT Artist of the Year since the award's inception in 2010. This year, the superstar earned a Grammy nod for his Night Train album and followed it with his latest release, Old Boots, New Dirt that rocketed to No. 1 on both Billboard's country and all-genres album chart. What's more, the superstar's lead single "Burnin' It Down" sold more than 180,000 digital units in its first week. Named this year's ACM male vocalist of the year, Aldean was also crowned the top male country artist in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America's digital gold and platinum awards.

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan

It's been a massive year for Luke Bryan who scored four No. 1 songs in 2014 alone - "Drink a Beer," "Play It Again," "This Is How We Roll" (with Florida Georgia Line) and "Roller Coaster." His fourth studio album, Crash My Party, was certified double platinum. In addition, he earned the coveted titles of ACM and CMA entertainer of the year and was named the top country artist at the Billboard Music Awards. During his stadium-filling That's My Kind of Night tour, the superstar broke the attendance record at Gillette Stadium near Boston with more than 60,000 fans.

Florida
Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

Florida Georgia Line

The superstar duo has set the country music world ablaze. Their singles "Get Your Shine On" and "This Is How We Roll" (featuring Luke Bryan) were certified double platinum for a combination of streaming and sales equaling 2 million units. Meanwhile, "Cruise" stands at eight-times platinum and counting. Their latest album, Anything Goes, sold nearly 200,000 copies in its first week, and "Dirt," the first single from that album, went straight to the top of the charts. Florida Georgia Line were crowned CMA vocal duo of the year for the second consecutive year and show no sign of slowing down.

Miranda
Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert has downright owned 2014. Nabbing four wins at this year's 48th annual CMA Awards, the singer-songwriter picked up her fifth consecutive female vocalist award and an album of the year victory for her chart-topping project, Platinum, which generated the No. 1 single, "Automatic." Lambert began the year with a Grammy nod for country solo performance, earned three ACM Awards including single and song of the year for "Mama's Broken Heart" and later received a CMT Music Award for female video of the year. What's more, she was celebrated at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with her own exhibit, Miranda Lambert: Backstage Access.

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

Keith Urban

The first-time CMT Artist of the Year honoree has had quite a phenomenal 2014. Not only does he split his time in the limelight as an American Idol judge, he's also enjoyed a successful North American Raise 'Em Up tour in support of his album Fuse. The project includes fan favorite singles "Cop Car" and "Somewhere in My Car." Most recently, the Aussie native picked up a CMA win for vocal event of the year with fellow honoree Miranda Lambert for their nostalgic collaboration, "We Were Us," a song that also earned them an ACM win earlier in the year.

ABOUT CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR

CMT will celebrate an incredible year in the country music industry by honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban as the top country artists of 2014 in an all-new CMT Artists of the Year special, premiering live from Nashville on Dec. 2 at 8/7c. The 90-minute special will bring together this year's five honorees and their peers for an evening filled with star-studded performances and celebration, honoring each artist's successes over the past year.