CMT “ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” REVEALS UNEXPECTED GIRL CRUSHES, HILARIOUS CANDLE SCENTED TOASTS AND UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

12/03/15

CMT “ARTISTS OF THE YEAR” REVEALS UNEXPECTED

GIRL CRUSHES, HILARIOUS CANDLE SCENTED TOASTS AND UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

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Definitive Year End Special to Encore on CMT:

Dec. 5 – 12:00am ET/PT
Dec. 5 – 12:00pm ET/PT
Dec. 6 – 5:00pm ET/PT


Nashville - December 3, 2015 – Country music’s biggest stars, as well as some of the biggest names in pop music and television, joined forces last night in Nashville to celebrate honorees Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Chris Stapleton, Kenny Rogers and the cast of “Nashville” during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special.

The sixth annual event, which premiered live last night and will encore throughout the week, featured:

Pop powerhouses Adam Lambert and Leona Lewis delivered a fresh and stirring rendition of honoree Little Big Town’s controversial chart-busting anthem “Girl Crush.”

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Honoree Blake Shelton joked that fellow honoree Luke Bryan’s new line of candles “smell exactly like Luke. It is vanilla with a hint of deer urine.” He also proclaimed that Luke was the male version of Martha Stewart, noting, “He’s cute on the outside, but on the inside, he can be a little bitchy.”

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During his own acceptance, Shelton proclaimed, “I want to say that this has been a crazy year, from the way it started to how it's ending so awesome for me. So thank y'all. This is a great way to end it.”

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After a touching introduction by Dan Rather, Artist of a Lifetime Award recipient Kenny Rogers shared a moving story of seeing Ray Charles perform as a boy and then encouraged young kids today to follow their dreams.

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The first-ever Breakout Artist Chris Stapleton brought down the house with a blues-tinged and fiery performance of his new single “Nobody to Blame.”

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Honoree Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley offered the audience someprofound wisdom during his acceptance speech, ““Remember this: just as the caterpillar thought the world was over... It turned into a butterfly."

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