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Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Walker Hayes were announced as CMT’s 2022 Entertainers of the Year.
The network will honor the five musicians during its annual television special, which will take place on October 14 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
“We are honored to recognize the amazing accomplishments of this illustrious group of artists over the past year,” CMT Senior Vice President of Production, Music and Events Margaret Comeaux said in a statement Wednesday.
He continued: “Carly, Cody, Kane, Luke and Walker represent the vibrant future of the country music format as they challenge convention and break new ground, breaking industry records and genre barriers. We can’t wait to celebrate their extraordinary achievements.” “. alongside fellow artists and friends of his.”
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According to the announcement, several famous country stars will perform to honor the five award winners. It marks the first time Pearce, Johnson and Hayes have been named CMT Entertainers of the Year and marks the third time Brown and Combs will receive the award.
Pearce took to Instagram to express his excitement for the honor. She shared her official tribute poster and wrote, “The last year of my life has been something out of a country music fairy tale. All the dreams I’ve had since I was a little girl have become my reality.
“Thank you @CMT for naming me one of your Artists of the Year. What a year it has been for a girl who always wanted to sing country music 🥲♥️,” she added.
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Pearce became a favorite of music critics after the success of her album “29: Write In Stone” and after a successful duet with Ashley McBryde, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl”.
Johnson, Hayes and Combs shared their individual honoree posters on their Instagram Stories. Hayes added three flexed biceps emojis, while Johnson wrote, “So excited to be named one of CMT’s Artists of the Year!”
A native of Texas, Johnson brought the cowboy and rodeo back to country music with his inspirational hit “‘Til You Can’t.” Hayes dominated TikTok with his Applebee-inspired dance worm, “Fancy Like.”
Brown and Combs are among the best-selling artists in country music, selling out arenas and stadiums and achieving multiple chart successes. Both released new albums in 2022 and will be touring abroad.
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According to the CMT press release, the awards will also feature musical partners, special guests, additional honorees, artists and presenters to be announced in the weeks leading up to the event. The 2022 CMT Artists of the Year will air live on CBS at 9 pm ET/8 pm CT.
Associated Press contributed to this report.