NASHVILLE, TN (CelebrityAccess) — For the first time in its eight-year history, the CMT Artists of the Year gala and concert will feature a full slate of female artists.
The 2018 honorees are Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, and Kimberly Schlapman; and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
This marks Underwood’s fourth CMT Artists of the Year honor and Lambert’s third. Ballerini was an honoree in 2016, while Fairchild and Schlapman were recognized in the previous year, while Morris is making her first appearances at the event.
As in past years, the invitation-only event will additional musical pairings and guests that will be announced at later date.
The 90-minute concert and award gala will take place in Nashville on Oct. 17 and will be broadcast live on CMT.
Additionally, on Oct. 17 CMT will stage an all-female artist takeover across its platforms, including music hours on CMT, the 24-7 digital channel CMT Music and CMT Radio’s syndicated shows CMT Radio LIVE and CMT After Midnite to encourage and inspire increased female airplay on show day.