Sam Hunt Inspires CMT To Create A New Award That Will Honor Him 

Posted: 6:52 am Friday, September 15th, 2017

By Staff Writer

Sam Hunt’s song “Body Like a Back Road” is still holding it’s place at number one where it has been for WEEKS now. It is now the number one country song in the history of downloaded songs. Crazy right! And CMT wants to recognize him and his historic song.

CMT’s Artists of the Year event is next month and CMT has decided to honor Sam Hunt at the event 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 CMT Artist of the Year special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CMT.