Sam Hunt Inspires CMT to Create New Award for 'Song of the Year'
By Sophie Schillaci
"Body Like a Back Road" is still cruising along.
Sam Hunt and his crossover hit will be honored at CMT's Artists of the Year event next month with the first-ever "Song of the Year" award. The tune, co-written by Hunt with Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne, has been shattering records throughout 2017, scoring the most consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and giving Hunt the longest No. 1 streak in history by a solo artist. Currently, "Body Like a Back Road" is in its 31st consecutive week on top of that chart, while it spent 16 weeks in the top five on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
It's also the most-streamed (325 million) and the most-downloaded (1.6 million) country song of 2017, maintaining the No. 1 download slot for 31 non-consecutive weeks.
Hunt is in good company at this year's CMT Artists of the Year celebration, which will also honor Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan as five artists who collectively slayed the last year in country music.
The 90-minute special will air live from Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.
In addition to celebrating the music, the event will also honor those impacted by the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, recognizing volunteers who are contributing to ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.
The announcement comes just a few days after Nashville and Hollywood came together for the star-studded "Hand in Hand" telethon, which raised more than $44 million on Tuesday night. Go behind the scenes of the big event, below.