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Hank Williams Jr., not appearing at CMT Artists of the Year

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By now, country fans have heard that earlier this week, Hank Williams Jr. left the stage while taping a duet with Jason Aldean for the CMT Artists of the Year special because, as Williams said in a statement to Country Weekly, “I’ve heard people mess up my songs and screw up Daddy’s songs. I was here to honor Jason, a kid I really like. When I walked out there, it didn’t feel right, it didn’t sound right. I didn’t want to disrespect him.” CMT confirms Aldean then performed a version of his hit “Tattoos on This Town” solo, which is what viewers will see when the special honoring Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Taylor Swift premieres Dec. 13. The final set list:

Jason Aldean: “Tattoos on This Town”

The All-American Rejects (honoring Taylor Swift): “Mean”/”Gives You Hell” medley

Lady Antebellum: “Dancin’ Away With My Heart”

Gavin DeGraw (honoring Kenny Chesney): “Somewhere With You”

Brad Paisley with Joe Walsh: “Life’s Been Good To Me”/”Camouflage” medley

The Avett Brothers: “Laundry Room”

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