In the wake of the tragic Las Vegas shootings, CMT has decided to turn its annual Artists of the Year special from an awards show into a night of musical performances from artists of various genres to help in the healing process. This year's honorees — Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan — will be featured as part of the musical lineup. Billboard reports that no formal award presentations or speeches will be given; instead, honorees will offer heartfelt messages directly to fans.
Collaborations include Little Big Town and Andra Day, who are scheduled to open the show with a performance of “Rise Up.” They will be joined by Lee Ann Womack for a rendition of “Stand Up for Something” along with Common. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.
The Artists of the Year special airs live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 18th at 8 p.m. on CMT.