Most Southerners grow up listening to country music. It often reflects the lives we lead, and the CMT Artists of the Year ceremony honors those who dominate the country music industry. Here’s a look at this year’s five honorees. Keith Urban’s latest album, Ripcord, debuted at number one in May 2016. Since then, the former American Idol judge has sold more than 381,000 copies of the hit record. Chris Stapleton is a rising star in the country music world. Two of his records topped Nielsen's 2017 mid-year report. Together, both have sold more than 880,000 copies! Florida Georgia Line will be singing their way to a fifth consecutive award at the CMT festivities. The band rakes in some major dough when touring, earning more than a million bucks per city. Jason Aldean will soon receive his sixth honor as CMT Artist of the year. In 2013, his Night Train tour brought in an remarkable $47.8 million in sales! Luke Bryan holds the winning streak record with this being his sixth consecutive honor. With a new album dropping in December, fans are anxiously awaiting the arrival of his new music.