12 October 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Following devastating hurricanes and the tragic mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas, CMT has announced its plans to transform this year’s CMT Artists of the Year special from a year-end celebration applauding country music’s top artists this year into a night of hope and healing through the power of music.

Ditching the formal awards show setup with presentations and acceptance speeches, the night will instead feature honorees Chris StapletonFlorida Georgia LineJason AldeanKeith Urban and Luke Bryan, who will send heartfelt messages directly to their fans during the 90-minute special. »

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