“Girl Goin’ Nowhere” singer/songwriter will be honored at prestigious annual event
CMT will honor Ashley McBryde with the coveted Breakout Artist of the Year Award at the network’s upcoming tenth annual CMT Artists of the Year event. McBryde will be the third recipient of the award, following Chris Stapleton in 2015 and Kelsea Ballerini in 2016.
“I’m so excited to share the same stage as this fantastic group of artists and am honored to be there to celebrate alongside them,” McBryde states of the honor.
The Arkansas native’s career has taken off full throttle since “Girl Goin’ Nowhere,” the title track of her debut, was released in early 2019. She has picked up a Grammy nomination, a win for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2019 CMT Music Awards, a win for Female Vocalist of the Year at the ACM Awards, and a CMA nomination for New Artist of the Year. She was inducted into CMT’s Next Women of Country Class of 2018.
McBryde recently released “One Night Standards,” the first single from her upcoming Warner Music Nashville sophomore album due in 2020.
The highly anticipated 90 minute CMT Artists of the Year will pay tribute to the five “Artists of the Year” who collectively ruled the last 12 months in country music. Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett will also be honored at the ceremony. Reba McEntire will be presented with the Artist of the Lifetime Award, joining previous “Lifetime” recipients Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015), and Merle Haggard (2014).
As in past years, the ceremony will be packed with tribute performances to each of the honorees, and will feature surprise performance collaborations and guest appearances. For the first time in the event’s ten year history, CMT’s cameras will be out on tour with Underwood, capturing her performance from the Cry Pretty 360 Tour in Cleveland.
Underwood is a five-time honoree, Rhett is a two-timer while Dan + Shay, Combs and Brown are all first time honorees celebrating the best in country music from the past 12 months.
The event airs live Wednesday, October 16th at 8 pm ET/PT on CMT from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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