Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood are the 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, it was announced during the premiere of the 90-minute special hosted by country super group Rascal Flatts and "Nashville" actress Hayden Panettiere. These seven country music superstars were honored by some of the biggest names in entertainment during an exclusive night of wall-to-wall performances and special appearances. 2012 CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR is now available on CMT.com and will re-air on Sunday, December 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, December 11 at 12:00 a.m. All times are ET/PT. Check out performances from the show below!
The evening began with host Hayden Panettiere, joined by her "Nashville" co-stars Connie Britton and Charles Esten, for a special show open straight from their set where she was whisked away by Rascal Flatts to host the show. Rascal Flatts then kicked off the evening's performances with "Hot in Here," from their album Changed. The first honoree of the evening was Toby Keith who was presented his trophy by baseball great Roger Clemens and received congratulations from country comedian Rodney Carrington and "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson. Keith then performed his hit "Beers Ago." Honoree Miranda Lambert was up next, being presented her trophy by Sheryl Crow with congratulations from Chris Young and country music icon Merle Haggard. Lambert performed her hit "Over You."
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