Country star Sam Hunt will be honored with the inaugural CMT Song of the Year Award for his big hit “Body Like a Back Road” during the “CMT Artists of the Year” special in Nashville on Oct 18, according to CMT. Hunt, along with the song’s co-writers Josh Osborne and Shane McAnally will be recognized for the smash hit that shattered Billboard’s hot country song records.
“Body Like a Back Road” is the most downloaded country song of 2017. With over 325 streams, It is the most-streamed country song of the year, according to CMT. Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and RV Lake said the song was the clear choice for the inaugural award, calling it a “cross-genre smash.”
The “CMT Artists of the Year” special will also honor artists Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban, according to CMT. They have been selected as the premiere country artists of 2017. The five artists have dominated the last 12 months in country music. The 90-minute special will toast each honoree with performances.
Past honorees of the CMT event include Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, and Zac Brown Band.
In addition to country music, the special will honor the spirit of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The biggest stars in country music will also encourage fans to continue their support of rebuilding efforts.
The “CMT Artists of the Year” special will be broadcast from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN and will air live on CMT.