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.