There’s a common thread that will forever hold the 58 victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival together. Live country music. It’s the reason why nearly all of the 36 women and 22 men were there in Las Vegas on the night of the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. And today (Oct. 18), we honor these 58 by remembering not just how they died, but rather, how they lived.

Whether it was 20-year-olds Angela Gomez, Bailey Schweitzer, and Quinton Robbins, or 67-year-old Pati Mestas, or all the souls in between, the shared love of Nashville’s music is what connected fans of every age on the festival grounds that night. Before the gunfire started, it’s likely that all 58 — no matter how far apart they might’ve been standing in the crowd — were singing along with Jason Aldean.

Tonight’s 2017 CMT Artists of the Year ceremony will become a night of heartfelt messages and fan tributes from honorees Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban. The 90-minute special airing live at 8 p.m. ET will be devoted to lifting country fans up with music that brings healing and hope to the victims’ families and to the entire country music community.

Source : CMT