Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert Named 2012 CMT Artists of the Year
Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Eric Church and Toby Keith were also honored with the title by the cable network.
Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church and Toby Keith each received the CMT title on Saturday night, during a 90-minute special hosted by the Rascal Flatts and Nashville star Hayden Panettiere.
Morgan Freeman also recorded a special message for Chesney, who was also named CMT Artist of the Year in 2011.set to star on NBC's live broadcast of The Sound of Music in 2013.
Meanwhile, Lambert has still been riding on the success of her 2011 release Four the Record, which has sold more than 659,000 copies in the U.S. alone. The songstress is set to begin a tour in 2013, with initial dates in South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
For Aldean, this is third year in a row that CMT has honored him with the Artist of the Year title. The 35-year-old’s fifth studio album Night Train had a huge debut in October, selling some 400,000 copies in its first week in the U.S.
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