CMT Ditches Awards at Artists of the Year Special in Wake of Vegas Shooting
publish date: 2017-10-12
The country music-themed network is working with nonprofit Musicians on Call as it looks to celebrate healing instead of awards.
CMT is rethinking its Oct. 18 upcoming Artists of the Year special.
The Viacom-owned cable network will drop handing out awards at the eighth annual special and instead turn the event into a night of what it calls hope and healing through the power of music. Jason Aldean — who was on stage during the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history — was among those set to be honored at the Nashville event.
Instead, honorees including Aldean, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan will be featured as part of the musical event that will unite artists from various genres for a mix of collaborations and performances. No formal award presentations or speeches will be given; instead, honorees will offer heartfelt messages directly to fans. CMT has also turned to the entertainment community to share similar messages of hope and healing.