Chrissy Metz will sing for Luke Combs, Sam Hunt to salute Reba at CMT Artists of the Year

Chris Willman

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.

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