CMT has announced today that Taylor will be honored at the second annual Artists of the Year event. The 90-minute special is set to be held in Nasville and will premiere on December 13 (Taylor’s birthday) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CMT. You can read the press release below:
CMT will honor Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift as the top artists of the year in the new 90-minute special, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, premiering Tuesday, December 13 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT. Taping in Nashville, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR will bring the honorees together with their peers, as well as celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum for a glamorous evening of star-studded performances from the country world and beyond, all in celebration of the successes of the past year.
CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR acts were chosen by ranking the top five artists based on the following criteria: sales (physical albums, digital albums, and single downloads); country radio airplay based on spins; concert grosses as a headliner or co-headliner; and activity on CMT.com (video streams, searches, and artist page views). The rankings were then compiled to identify the leading performers across the four categories cumulatively.