CMT today announced that country superstar Sam Hunt, along with co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, will be honored with the first-ever â€śSong of the Yearâ€ť Award for mega-hit â€śBody Like A Back Roadâ€ť at the 2017Â CMT Artists of the Year, the year-end music celebration event premiering Wednesday, October 18th at 8pm ET/PT live from Nashvilleâ€™s Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
CMT will honor Huntâ€™s â€śBody Like a Back Roadâ€ť after it shattered records for the most consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, the longest No. 1 streak in history by a solo artist. â€śBody Like A Back Roadâ€ť is the No. 1 most-downloaded country song of 2017 with 1.6M tracks sold, holding the weekly No. 1 download slot for 31 non-consecutive weeks and the song is the No. 1 most-streamed country song of 2017 with over 325M streams. This is the 31st consecutive week atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and it spent 16 weeks in the Top 5 on Billboardâ€™s Country Airplay chart.
â€śBody Like a Backroad is the clear choice for this inaugural award,â€ť said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. â€śItâ€™s a cross-genre smash thatâ€™s bound to become one of Sam Huntâ€™s signature songs in a growing list of chart-toppers.
The â€śArtists of the Yearâ€ť honorees include Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan as the five artists who collectively dominated the last 12 months in country music, ruling CMTâ€™s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas across the country.
The 90-minute special will also extend beyond music to honor the unwavering spirit of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and champion the many volunteers contributing to the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. In addition, throughout the event, countryâ€™s biggest stars will encourage fans to continue supporting the extensive recovery over the next year.