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Country superstar Shania Twain to receive CMT Artist of a Lifetime award

Canadian country superstar Shania Twain will be the first woman to receive CMT's Artist of a Lifetime award.

Canadian singer remains top-selling female country artist of all time

Shania Twain, seen performing in New York in 2015, will the first woman to receive the CMT Artist of a Lifetime award. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Canadian country superstar Shania Twain will be the first woman to receive CMT's Artist of a Lifetime award.

Past recipients include legendary artists Kenny Rogers and Merle Haggard.

Twain will be honoured at the seventh annual CMT Artists of the Year celebration airing Oct. 20 at 9 p.m. ET. on CMT.

The Windsor, Ont.,-born, Timmins-raised singer-songwriter, known for her upbeat, pop-influenced tracks as well as her eye-catching music videos, was chosen for her "indelible impact and achievements in country music."

The five-time Grammy winner has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide, and remains the top-selling female country artist of all time.

The 90-minute special will be taped live at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center and will celebrate five acts selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett. 

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