Shania Twain is the first female to be honored with CMT's coveted Artist of a Lifetime Award. The singer follows in the footsteps of previous recipients Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.

Twain will be recognized at the upcoming CMT Artists of the Year event at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Center. on Oct. 20.

The seventh-annual special will be taped live and include performances, tributes and toasts to the five Artists of the Year, as selected by CMT. In addition to Twain being honored, Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett will be spotlighted. Still to-be-announced special guests will also be in attendance.

Both Stapleton and Rhett are first-time recipients of CMT's honor, while the others are veterans, having been named CMT Artists of the Year multiple times (Underwood in 2010, 2012, 2016, Florida Georgia Line in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and Bryan in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016).

In other Twain news, the singer has reportedly been back in the studio. In August, she shared a photo of herself in the studio via Twitter. “On a roll…” she captioned a photo, which showed her seated at a piano with a guitar in hand and microphone in front of her.

Twain has been working on a new album for several years. In an interview with USA Today last year, she promised new music will be a departure from the Twain fans know and love.

“It’s so entirely different,” she told the publication. “It’s better for me to say it right now. That songwriting is just so different.”

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