See Photos From the CMT Artists of the Year Red Carpet

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

CMT celebrated its 2019 Artists of the Year with a star-studded event on Wednesday (Oct. 16). Airing live on CMT, the 90-minute special honored Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett as the Artists of the Year, as well as Reba McEntire as the Artist of a Lifetime and Ashley McBryde as the Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

Prior to the event, several of the night’s honorees, as well as several special guest presenters and performers, walked the red carpet to chat with media and pose for photos.

It was date night for many of the artists. Thomas Rhett had his pregnant wife, Lauren Akins, by his side on the red carpet, while and Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney brought their brides as well.

The CMT Artists of the Year event took place at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Check out photos from the red carpet below.

Dan Smyers with wife, Abby/ Shay Mooney with wife, Hannah

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay with Abby Law and Hannah Billingsley; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay with Abby Law and Hannah Billingsley; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Thomas Rhett and wife, Lauren

Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Ashley McBryde

Ashley McBryde; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Ashley McBryde; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Reba McEntire

Reba McEntire; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Reba McEntire; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Bobby Bones

Bobby Bones; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Bobby Bones; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Lady Antebellum

Lady Antebellum; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Lady Antebellum; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Lindsay Ell; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Chrissy Metz

Chrissy Metz; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Chrissy Metz; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

Tenille Townes

Tenille Townes; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Tenille Townes; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom