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Call it an awards show for which you already know the winners. CMT’s first-ever Artists of the Year—Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band—will be feted for their success on a CMT special that debuts Dec. 3.
During the 90-minute special, taped Nov. 30 at the Factory in Franklin, Tenn., the honorees were brought together with their peers as well as celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum, including celebrity chef Cat Cora, Hayley Williams of Paramore, the Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett, Kid Rock, Kix Brooks, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Randy Travis and Smokey Robinson, who served as presenters for the glamorous evening.
Some of the night’s honorees chose to perform their hits, including Jason Aldean, who kicked off the evening and was joined onstage by Aerosmith’s Joe Perry for the rockin’ “My Kind of Party”; Zac Brown Band, who sang their new single, “Colder Weather,” joined by the soulful Amos Lee; and Carrie Underwood, who performed a medley of hits from the past year including “Cowboy Casanova,” “Temporary Home” and “Undo It.”
Meanwhile, honorees Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum looked on as their hits were performed by others; Maroon 5 surprised Taylor by performing her latest hit, “Mine,” as the country superstar danced and sang along; and Darius Rucker and Adele performed Lady Antebellum’s smash “Need You Now” as the trio watched in appreciation.
Hosted by Kevin Costner, the show will be broadcast on Dec. 3 from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., ET/PT on CMT and cmt.com .
For a sneak peak, check out this video .