Academy Award winner, actor and musician Kevin Costner will serve as host for the inaugural event, CMT Artists of the Year, premiering Dec. 3.
Taping in Nashville, the 90-minute special, scheduled from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on CMT and CMT.com, will honor this year's top country artists.
The special will celebrate Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Zac Brown Band by bringing them together with their peers, for a glamorous evening of star-studded performances from the country world and beyond.
"From the moment this show was envisioned, Kevin Costner was at the top of our wish list to host," said John Hamlin, senior vice president, music events and talent for CMT, in announcing the hire. "His reverence for country music is profound and he understands exactly the kind of passion and commitment it takes to be at the top of one's game, as these artists are. He is the perfect complement to our five honorees."