CMT Artists Of The Year Tries To Heal With Music

Author: Jason the 200 lb. Cowboy

The 2017 CMT Artists of the Year celebration took place in Nashville last night, honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. The event was billed as a night of hope and healing, and it was quite evident that the Route 91 Festival tragedy and recent natural disasters were on everyone’s mind.

Following an opening performance of Little Big Town and Andra Daysinging Day’s track “Rise Up,” this year’s honorees took the stage together, with Luke talking about the power of music and how the hope was that “tonight music could be part of the healing.” Chris added that the night was a chance to “celebrate a year of incredible human spirit, a spirit that we see in our fans every night.”

Jason, who was on stage when the shooting started at the Route 91 Festival, noted that the country’s “been tested beyond our worst nightmares the past few months,” adding “heartbroken doesn’t begin to explain how some of us feel.” He added, “we dedicate this night to you and to everyone who’s experienced loss or tragedy in the past few months…we will get through this together.”

Among the show’s highlights

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