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CMT Artists of the Year 2013

CMT Artists of the Year 2013

CMT hosted their 4th annual Artists of the Year Awards.  I found out about the event about 2 weeks ago via a gigantic billboard in the center of downtown Nashville.  Listed on the billboard were 3 names we’ve heard a lot this year: Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Hunter Hayes.  As one might say “three out of five isn’t bad.”  These three Shure Artists were joined in recognition by Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean.

Immediately, I put a call in to an audio friend of mine who I thought might be working the show. Just like that, I was in!

For those of you who missed the live broadcast, I’m almost certain CMT will show it again.  All three Shure Artists took the stage to perform.  Hunter Hayes was joined by Pat Monahan of Train and Luke Bryan closed the show with Lionel Richie singing “All Night Long.”

Of course, all were donning their favorite Shure wireless transmitters and using PSM1000 systems.

I learned so many exciting details that night in talking with some of the engineers and tour managers for these 3 Shure Artists.  2014 is going to be a great year!  I also learned that Florida Georgia Line was the TOP “Shazamed” (mobile app) artist of 2013, with over 5 MILLION hits. Congrats to Tyler and Brian for this amazing accomplishment!

A big congratulations to all of these fine artists for what they do to keep Country Music on Top!


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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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