It was a night of a thousand stars last night (Oct. 19). OK, maybe 10 or 12 stars, but still, it was a big night for Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line, who were honored at the CMT Artists of the Year show, which airs tonight (Oct. 20) on CMT.
The event, held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, celebrated five artists selected by CMT as top artists of the year. In addition, Kelsea Ballerini was honored with the second annual Artists of the Year Breakout Award and Shania Twain received the third annual Artist of a Lifetime Award.
The night was filled with performances from all the award honorees, which included some big collaborations. Thomas Rhett was joined by Swedish singing sensation Zara Larsson on a mashup of TR’s’ “Die a Happy Man” and Zara’s “Never Forget You”; Luke Bryan performed his No.1 duet, “Home Alone Tonight, with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild; Carrie Underwood was joined onstage by The Love Junkies—songwriters Liz Rose, Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsay; and Kelsea Ballerini, Jill Scott and Meghan Trainor collaborated on a tribute to CMT Artist of a Lifetime recipient Shania Twain.
You can check out the full show when it airs Thursday (Oct. 20) on CMT at 9 p.m. ET. Don’t miss all the performances and speeches from CMT’s Artists of the Year.
Watch a sneak peek of Kelsea Ballerini, Jill Scott and Meghan Trainor’s tribute to Shania Twain with “Man! I Feel Like A Woman.”
Main photo and performance photos by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT; Red Carpet photos by Curtis Hilbun/AFF-USA.COM