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Rocking the Stage The Avett Brothers impress the crowd during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration.
The Evening's Host Rob Lowe addresses the honorees and celebrity peers during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> taping in Nashville.
Lionel Richie Has Arrived Lionel Richie makes his way to the mike during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> event in Nashville.
Celebrity Guest and Presenter Lionel Richie makes a few special remarks during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration.
Music Royalty Lionel Richie serves as a special presenter at the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> event.
Special Guest Presenter New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton makes his way to the mike for his presentation for honoree Kenny Chesney.
Special Presenters Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (left), honoree Kenny Chesney and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration in Nashville
A Special Moment Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (left), honoree Kenny Chesney and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during the <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> event in Nashville
Honoring Kenny Chesney Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (left) and New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton make a special presentation for honoree Kenny Chesney.
Accepting His Award Honoree Kenny Chesney is recognized for his successful year at the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration in Nashville.
Honoree Kenny Chesney Kenny Chesney makes a few remarks during his time onstage.
Hitting the High Notes Gavin DeGraw gives it his all during his performance of Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere With You" at the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration.
That's Not All ... Gavin DeGraw during his special performance at the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> event
"Somewhere With You" Gavin DeGraw performs Kenny Chesney's No. 1 hit "Somewhere With You" during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration in Nashville.
Posing for Photos New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (left), Taylor Swift and Kenny Chesney during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration
Friends Pop singer Gavin DeGraw (left) and Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley enjoy themselves during the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration.
Celebrity Peers and Presenters Olympic skater and gold medalist Scott Hamilton (left), the Eagles' Joe Walsh, Lionel Richie and William Shatner during the <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration
Country Meets Football Honoree Kenny Chesney (left)poses for photo with New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton.
Posing for Photos Honoree Kenny Chesney (left), New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Marjorie Bach and the Eagles' Joe Walsh at the 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> event
Celebrity Guests New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (left), Sara Evans and her husband Jay Barker smile for photos during 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration.
Mingling With Friends Jay Barker (left), Sara Evans, Kelli Cashiola and Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood during 2011 <I>CMT Artists of the Year</I> celebration