The CMT Artists of the Year event is always special, but this year, it held a bit of a different meaning than previous years.
The special opened up on Wednesday night, starting with a special performance by Andra Day and Little Big Town that served as a tribute to all those who were victims of tragedy this year.
It was followed by some of this year’s Artist of the Year honorees, Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley taking the stage to talk about how powerful music can be when it comes to healing, which is what this year’s show was truly about. They spoke about the multiple tragedies that the world has recently faced, and how valuable human spirit and courage have been.
The speech was closed off by Jason Aldean, who took a moment to remind everyone that they are united, and will get through this all together.
You can watch the video here and read more about this powerful speech here: http://www.etonline.com/keith-urban-jason-aldean-and-more-open-cmt-artists-year-event-touching-message-hope-and-unity-89489
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