Mickey Guyton, Walker Hayes and half a dozen additional country artists are scheduled to perform during the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year event. The Wednesday (Oct. 13) ceremony will also include a few out-of-genre acts as well.

Hayes, in fact, will be making his awards show debut with his performance of his viral hit-turned-Applebee's ad jingle "Fancy Like." Guyton, meanwhile, is CMT's 2021 Breakout Artist of the Year and will be performing with Yola.

In addition to Hayes, Guyton and Yola, the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year event will include performances from four of this year's five honoreesGabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Kelsea Ballerini, the latter of whom will perform with the Jonas Brothers remotely from their tour stop that night in Raleigh, N.C. Boyz II Men and Pentatonix member Kevin Olusola, meanwhile, will honor this year's fifth CMT Artist of the Year, Chris Stapleton, with their performance.

The 2021 CMT Artists of the Year show will air live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center at 9PM ET on CMT. Randy Travis is also being honored at the event, as 2021's CMT Artist of a Lifetime.

CMT's Artists of the Year event is making its return in 2021 after a hiatus of sorts in 2020. Last year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show switched gears to celebrate first responders and frontline workers during the pandemic-induced shutdown.

Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Picks

This list of the best country albums of 2021 was curated by Taste of Country staff, with help from fans and with consideration of industry acclaim and mainstream accessibility.

The top album of the year is a traditional country record that makes subtle efforts to include more progressive-minded fans. Elsewhere, find projects from a dynamic mix of artists and and visionaries.

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