CMT honoring Mickey Guyton during 2021 CMT Artists of the Year

Guyton will receive “Breakout Artist of the Year” honors

CMT will honor Mickey Guyton with the “Breakout Artist of the Year” Award and performance at the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year, airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 13th at 9 pm ET/PT on CMT. This marks only the fourth time in event history this honor will be bestowed, with the GRAMMY-nominated Guyton joining the ranks of previous honorees Chris Stapleton (2015), Kelsea Ballerini (2016) and Ashley McBryde (2019).

“We are thrilled to honor the immensely talented Mickey Guyton as this year’s ‘Breakout Artist of the Year.’ After relentlessly chasing her dreams in country music for years, her perseverance, tenacity and spirit have culminated in this spectacular moment of recognition where she’s finally receiving the credit she deserves,” shares Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT. “Congratulations Mickey! We look forward to celebrating with you, and all of our honorees on October 13th.”

Guyton made history as the first black female solo artist to earn a GRAMMY nomination in a country category (Best Country Solo Performance) for “Black Like Me” which she performed as part of the awards ceremony. Guyton also co-hosted the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS along with Keith Urban in April. She is currently nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year and her debut album, Remember Her Name is due tomorrow (Fri, Sept 24th) via UMG Nashville.

First named a CMT Next Women of Country in 2014, Guyton has a long-standing history with CMT. This past year, Guyton shined on the 2021 CMT Music Awards stage, pulling double duty with two unforgettable performances: “Cross Country” alongside rising star Breland and “Friendship Train” with the iconic Gladys Knight, plus also presented Linda Martell with this year’s CMT Equal Play Award. Last month, Guyton additionally delivered a captivating performance to celebrate the legacy of country music titan Charley Pride for CMT Giants: Charley Pride.

This year’s 2021 CMT Artists of the Year will return to its original format after adapting last year to honor some of the most vital and inspirational Americans on the frontlines of the pandemic. This year, Guyton will take the stage alongside previously announced 2021 honorees Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs and feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations and congratulatory moments. Musical pairings, special guests and additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

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