A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Brian Littrell of the Backstreet Boys will be taking the stage to celebrate their good friends this year’s honorees Florida Georgia Line.
Meanwhile, Phillip Phillips will toast inaugural song of the year winner Sam Hunt.
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Earlier this month, CMT announced its plans to transform this year’s CMT Artists of the Year special from a year-end celebration applauding country music’s top artists this year into a night of hope and healing through the power of music following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as the tragic Oct. 1 shooting in Las Vegas.
Grammy-nominated singer Andra Day and Grammy winners Little Big Town will kick off the evening with a performance “Rise Up.” Day, Little Big Town and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack will also perform Day’s new collaboration “Stand Up For Something” with Common.
The eighth annual special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT.