When CMT pays tribute to Loretta Lynn as the 2018 “Artist of a Lifetime” tonight (Wednesday, October 17th) during the CMT Artists of the Year special, she will be honored by Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow and Martina McBride. Presenters throughout the evening include Keith Urban, Smokey Robinson, singer-songwriter Elle King, Hillary Scott, Jimi Westbrook, Phillip Sweet, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, along with a special introduction by Trisha Yearwood. They all join previously announced presenter Sissy Spacek.
For the first-time ever the annual CMT Artists of the Year special is dedicated to the women of country music – past, present and future. This year’s all-female “Artists of the Year” are Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
The performance lineup includes Carrie Underwood with CMT Next Women of Country and tour mates Maddie & Tae and Runaway June; Miranda Lambert and Pistol Annies; Kelsea Ballerini with Alison Krauss; Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman with soul legend Gladys Knight; and Hillary Scott with singer-songwriter Tori Kelly and Grammy-award winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin. In addition, honoree Maren Morris will join forces with Brandi Carlile for a tribute to late icon Aretha Franklin.
CMT's 2018 Artists of the Year will air live from Nashville tonight on the cable network at 8 p.m. ET.