Actor Rob Lowe, known for his roles in The West Wing, Brothers & Sisters and Parks and Recreation, will host the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year special. The event will be filmed in Nashville and will air on Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT and CMT.com. In addition to acting, producing and directing, the Charlottesville, Va., native made The New York Times best-seller list with his debut book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends. He came to prominence in films like The Outsiders, About Last Night … and St. Elmo’s Fire. As previously announced, the ceremony will honor Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift.