Ron White to host CMT's artist of year special

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Comedian Ron White will host CMT's celebration of 2013's top country music stars, making this year's show something of a boys club.

"CMT Artists of the Year" honoring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw airs live for the first time this year.

John Hamlin, a senior vice president at CMT, says in a Tuesday news release the network is taking "a bit of a risk" signing on White, who's known for off-color comments.

The fourth annual artist of the year show will be held Dec. 3 in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature performances by and for the night's honorees.

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