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CMT Artists of the Year recognizes the top artists in the country music industry. The 90-minute special brings the honorees and their peers together for an evening filled with star-studded performances and celebration. Past artists named as CMT Artists of the Year include Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band. Enjoy a look at our archives.