The CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show tonight will celebrate a remarkable year in country music by honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw as the five country music artists of the year. For the first time, this 90-minute special is premiering live. Nashville will be the setting where these five honorees will gather. They will be alongside their peers and notable celebrities will join in. It’s sure to be an evening filled with rocking performances and surprise guests.
The CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show was hosted by the hilarious comedian Ron White. It was an all-male honoree night, and the show included cool clips for Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell in the role of The Anchorman, Ron Burgundy) introducing the five honorees. The brief, humorous clips are included in this article.
Tim McGraw got honored and was saluted as being a trailblazer in country music, while Florida Georgia Line’s controversial but popular style of music also proved to be trailblazing this past year. Some country purists might hate the band, but Florida Georgia Line has succeeded in attracting a whole new generation to country music, which is a good thing.
Also, the precocious Hunter Hayes helped to further raise the number of people who love country music in America by his appeal to a largely young female audience — somewhat, in this respect, like the Justin Bieber of country music. Whether you love his music or hate it, he and people like Eric Church and bands like Florida Georgia Line are creating a new generation of country music lovers.
Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan, who were also honored, both appeal to a female audience with their rugged good looks, but the quality of their country music speaks for itself, and their music has gained them both male and female fans, kind of like modern-day George Straits or Elvis Presleys.
This clip is Ron Burgundy introducing Tim McGraw.
Jason Aldean was presented with his fourth straight CMT Artist of the Year award. In his acceptance speech, Aldean called country music “one of the coolest things in the world.” He added “I’m glad people like what I do.”
Ron Burgundy introducing Jason Aldean
While there were some standout female country music performers this year, who also came out with albums, like Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift, males did seem to dominate the radio airwaves and many strong albums came out featuring male performers.
Tim McGraw made a comeback this year, with the release of his first post-Curb Records album. His new label is Big Machine Records. In his acceptance speech for his trophy, McGraw acknowledged the new crop of male country singers coming into their own popularity, saying that “They teach me something every time I see them on tour” and he added that their music “inspires me to go back to the studio and make better records.”
Ron Burgundy introduces Hunter Hayes
Returning the compliment, Brain Kelley of Florida Georgia Line later gave his thanks to Tim, saying that he was “the reason so many people move to Nashville, Tennessee — to make country music.” The popular duo Florida Georgia Line had a big hit song with “Cruise,” which featured Nelly. In the CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show, they performed one of their newer hits, “Stay.”
Singer Randy Owen, of Alabama, introduced Florida Georgia Line. Randy said that the band reminded him of Alabama back in the day, saying that “Everybody hated our ass.”
Besides Florida Georgia Line’s performance, other country music artists who performed on the CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show were Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes (with Pat Monahan of Train), Travis Tritt, Cassadee Pope, and Luke Bryan (with Lionel Richie).
Ron Burgundy introducing Florida Georgia Line
Lady Antebellum performed a great version of Tim McGraw’s hit “Highway Don’t Care.” As a cool addition, rock star Peter Frampton played the guitar during the performance.
Hunter Hayes, along with Pat Monahan, combined their songs “I Want Crazy” with “Hey Soul Sister,” and it was one of the many highlights of the show.
Also, Travis Tritt — along with Cassadee Pope — performed the Jason Aldean song “Night Train.” This was a memorable performance, as well. The CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show concluded with a great performance by Travis Tritt and Lionel Richie of the songs “Oh No” and “All Night Long.”
Ron Burgundy introduces Luke Bryan
The final country music singer to be honored on the CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show was Luke Bryan. Luke has had an incredible year, including having the Number One country music album in America. He also won the CMA award for Artist of the Year, and he was the Academy of Country Music’s top honoree.
The CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show was a male-dominated event this year, but it focused on the broad appeal that country music has, and especially drew greater attention to newer acts who are having a tremendous influence in the country music of today. Still, the show gave nods to some of the best more traditional singers of country music, like Travis Tritt.
The CMT 2013 Artists of the Year show was 90 minutes filled with great performances, including some which appealed to both people who love more traditional country music, and some that the newer generation of country music fans loved. Country music is an inclusive genre, with a lot of different sorts of performers and bands, all which help make it continue to be one of America’s most loved musical genres year after year.
Written by: Douglas Cobb