The 10th annual CMT Artists of the Year will feature some of the best artists with new releases this year, including Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett.

CMT will showcase the five acts' contributions to the country music genre from the past twelve months. Underwood released her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, in September of 2018,. while Rhett released his latest album, Center Point Road, on May 31. Dan + Shay debuted their self-titled album on June 22, 2018, and Combs has been steadily releasing original music along with covers and has his upcoming sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get, set for release on Nov. 8. Brown debuted his sophomore album, Experiment, on Nov. 9, 2018, and has recently collaborated with artists from other genres of music, including Marshmello and Khalid.

Dan + Shay, Brown, and Combs are all first time CMT Artist of the Year honorees, while Rhett has been honored twice and Underwood, five times.

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The special awards show will air live on CMT from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 16, at 8 PM ET.

“These five, stand-out honorees have dominated country music this year and we look forward to paying tribute to each of them at the 10th year anniversary CMT Artists of the Year event,” CMT’s Senior Vice President of Music Strategy & Talent Leslie Fram tells CMT.

Like previous shows, the special will feature performances from current country artists celebrating and covering the honorees' music. The night is sure to also bring surprise collaborations and guest appearances.

Underwood is currently on the road for her Cry Pretty Tour 360, but she'll still play a big role in the night, with live cameras on-site at her tour stop in Cleveland to capture all of the action and an exclusive performance.

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