CMT lauded living country music legend Randy Travis as an Artist of a Lifetime on Wednesday (Oct. 13) during its CMT Artists of the Year live broadcast.
Travis basked in the evening's spotlight beyond being presented his award by Storms of Life superfan and fellow icon Garth Brooks. Luke Combs shouted out Travis from stage, while Kane Brown performed Travis' modern country gospel classic "Three Wooden Crosses" to honor a longtime supporter.
Travis became just the sixth Artist of a Lifetime honoree, following Reba McEntire (2019), Loretta Lynn (2018), Shania Twain (2016), Kenny Rogers (2015) and Merle Haggard (2014).
"To think you receive a Lifetime Achievement award for sharing your heart with the world through music is really beyond words of gratitude," Travis shared in a press release. "CMT has been so good to me throughout my career and I'm happy they believe I gave something in return. I'm blessed and most thankful."
Travis' big night came just weeks after his debut album, Storms of Life, got the 35th anniversary reissue treatment with three previously unreleased songs plus remastered versions of the 10 original tracks.
"It is a privilege to announce Randy Travis as the recipient of this year's CMT Artist of a Lifetime award. His historic career encompassing multiple genres illuminates his extraordinary talent, determination and lasting influence on country music and beyond," said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music & Talent, CMT, in a press release. "Randy's unmistakable, traditional country sound has shaped multiple generations and we're honored to celebrate this deserved lifetime honor with him."
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The 90-minute special celebrated CMT's five Artists of the Year for 2021: Brown, Combs, Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett and Kelsea Ballerini. Mickey Guyton was also honored that evening as CMT's Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
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