Among the performers being set for Wednesday’s “CMT Artists of the Year” telecast, “This Is Us” actress Chrissy Metz has been slated to perform a salute to one of the annual honorees, Luke Combs. Sam Hunt and Lady Antebellum will team up to do the same for an artist who’s getting a lifetime achievement award, Reba McEntire.
Metz is not a complete newcomer to prime-time awards show performances or even country awards telecasts: The actress sang with Carrie Underwood on this year’s ACM Awards show in April, singing “I’m Standing With You,” a song she recorded for the soundtrack of her drama “Breakthrough.”
The 90-minute show has also set performances by a good number of the honorees themselves: Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett and Ashley McBryde, the last of whom has been named “Breakout Artist of the Year.”
Another “This Is Us” personality, Lonnie Chavis, is on board as a presenter, as are TV/radio personality Bobby Bones, Lonnie Chavis and hit duo Maddie & Tae. Vince Gill will present McEntire her lifetime honor.
“CMT Artists of the Year” airs live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.