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Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan named 2013 CMT Artists of the Year


Tim McGraw and Luke Bryan are among the recipients of the 2013 CMT Artists of the Year awards. Five of country music's biggest names were handed the coveted accolade on Tuesday, with McGraw and Bryan honored alongside Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes and Florida Georgia Line at the celebration in Nashville, Tenn. During the show, each act was joined onstage by some of their famous friends to sing their hit songs.

McGraw was the night’s first honoree, and he was later was joined by Lady Antebellum and Peter Frampton on guitar to perform his hit, "Highway Don't Care." Dierks Bentley paid tribute to his "drinking buddy" Bryan and brought Motown to Nashville by singing a duet with Lionel Richie, while Florida Georgia Line accepted the award from their idols and collaborators Alabama. The youngest winner of the group, 22-year-old Hayes, was overwhelmed by the honor as well as his musical collaborations of the night, which included Pat Monahan from Train and Frampton, who returned to the stage to present Hayes with his prize. Aldean was presented with his fourth consecutive Artist of the Year trophy by Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere before taking to the stage with Cassadee Pope and country music star Travis Tritt.

Dec 6, 2013 8:46AM
When Yonder Mountain String Band is recognized by CMT then I will give a hoot!
Dec 5, 2013 11:23AM
 Jason Aldean voted artist of the year four consecutive times.  This award means so much.
Dec 5, 2013 8:24AM
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