That’s according to the CMT Artists of the Year list announced Tuesday morning.
The annual special, airing on CMT, honors artists who have dominated country radio and CMT’s platforms, as well as ruled the charts and sold out arenas.
The artists on top this year will be celebrated at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the special premiering on CMT on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 9p.m. E.T. The celebration will include performances, surprise tributes and celebrity toasts.
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Bryan now holds the distinction of being one of two artists (the other is Jason Aldean) with the most wins with five consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), and joins fellow veterans Underwood (2010, 2012, 2016), Florida Georgia Line (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), as well as first-time recipients Stapleton, who received a nod last year as breakthrough artist, and Thomas Rhett.
This year’s breakthrough artist goes to Kelsea Ballerini, who just scored her third No. 1 hit in a row with “Peter Pan” and became the only female artist in country music history to hit the top spot with her first three consecutive singles from a debut album.