He’ll be celebrated alongside Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban on Dec. 2 during a special live ceremony in Nashville. Hosted by Larry the Cable Guy and packed with live performances, the excitement kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on CMT.
Bryan is winding down the best year of his professional career. In early November, the superstar was crowned CMA entertainer of the year, the association’s highest honor and a lifelong dream for the Georgia native.
“I’m just really humbled,” Bryan said from the pressroom after the show. “I just think about the hard work that’s gone into getting here, and I’m really just so blessed. … This is from the CMA, and I will never take a second of it for granted.
“From the bottom of my heart, I go out onstage every night and try to sing it and perform it and entertain it like it’s my last, and now it’s like … it’s certainly hard to describe.”
Bryan also walked away with accolades at both the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music Awards and the CMT Music Awards, winning two of CMT’s coveted belt-buckle trophies for collaborative video and performance video of the year.
In between awards shows, he also trekked across the continent in what the singer calls only his second true year of headlining, hitting the road for his That’s My Kind Night tour. Booking a number of stadium dates for the first time in his career, Bryan sold out every one of them.
“We did a lot of amazing things this year,” he said. “When you look at Madison Square Garden and some of the other markets and venues that we went into, it was a busy year, but you know, it was something that I never take for granted.”
And Bryan says wrapping up an already monumental year with recognition as one of CMT’s Artists of the Year will be a sweet celebration.
“You love when people recognize that you’ve been out working hard and trying to become a better artist, a better person every year,” he said. “So I’m very, very humbled by this event every year and very flattered, like I said, that CMT chose me as one of the artists of the year.”
Watch the 2014 CMT Artists of the Year special airing live from Nashville on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. ET.