Tim McGraw Interview: CMT Artists of the Year

Superstar Picks His Favorite Moments of 2013 and Looks Forward to 2014

As pleased as he is with his career strides in 2013, CMT Artists of the Year honoree Tim McGraw is already looking forward to 2014.

McGraw will join Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line as the honorees during the fourth annual CMT Artists of the Year special on Tuesday (Dec. 3). The event in Nashville will recognize them for their outstanding accomplishments this year.

“I think performing with Keith [Urban] and Taylor [Swift] at the Academy of Country Music Awards, performing that song ["Highway Don't Care"] was a big highlight,” McGraw told CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “The energy that we had and the feel that we had when we were onstage felt like it was really cool.”

Musical collaborations mean a lot to McGraw.

“There’s only so many times you get to do that in your career,” he said. “I’ve been lucky to sing with some great people in my career — my wife [Faith Hill], Tony Bennett, Kenny [Chesney]. I’ve sung with so many people in my career, and I’ve been very fortunate to do that.”

While McGraw looks back fondly, he continues looking ahead, and there’s no slowing down in sight.

“I’m always excited about working on a new record, which I’m in the middle of now,” he said. “I [also] look forward to hitting the road and being out with my band and going out and building a new stage.

“Building a new stage is always fun. It’s always a challenge — especially when you’ve had so many tours and … helped design so many stages. To try to come up with something different is a big challenge, but it’s always exciting to put a show together and figure out what songs you’re going to play, what songs are going to get left out and how much of the new stuff you’re going to play. That’s what keeps it fun for me is putting together a show for the summer.”

Tune in to CMT on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at 8 p.m. ET to celebrate an incredible year in music, and get all the latest CMT Artists of the Year updates at CMT.com.