In the first ever 90-minute special celebrating the year’s best talent, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR will bring the honorees together with their peers, as well as celebrities from across the entertainment spectrum for a glamorous evening of star-studded performances from the country world and beyond, all in celebration of the successes of the past year.
In celebration of the year’s top country artists, CMT has invited three of the nation’s most highly respected chefs to create a three course tasting menu to complement an elegant evening honoring Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band, in the new special, CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR, premiering Friday, December 3 on CMT and CMT.com.
CMT brings to the kitchen three James Beard Award-winning chefs: RJ Cooper (Washington, D.C., 2007); John Currence (Oxford, Miss., 2009); and Michael Schwartz (Miami, Fla., 2010) and their unique contribution to this premier Nashville event. In addition to the dinner, honorees and guests at CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR will be treated to some of the finest wines in this country by Heitz Cellars in Napa Valley, California and Ken Wright Cellars in Portland, Oregon.
“We are going to great lengths to wine and dine our five honored artists on a grand scale,” said John Hamlin, SVP Music Events and Talent, CMT. “The talent of these three amazing chefs perfectly complements our ARTISTS OF THE YEAR event. And when you have great food, you need great wine. Heitz Cellars and Ken Wright Cellars are both world class and further elevate the entire occasion, making this event like none other in country music.”
Deemed “the Oscars of the food world” by Time magazine, The James Beard Foundation Awards are the country’s most coveted honor for chefs. Cooper, Currence and Schwartz will design the menu for the event and Goodlettesville, TN caterer Chef’s Market will provide preparation assistance for the chefs.