CMA Fest Hosted By Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini to Air August 8th on ABC

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'CMA Fest' will broadcast on Wednesday, August 8th at 8/7c via the ABC Television Network with country stars Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini as hosts!

CMA Fest will premiere on Wednesday, August 8th at 8/7c via the ABC Television Network. The three-hour primetime special broadcasts for its 15th straight year, with country music stars Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini returning as hosts.

Filmed during Nashville’s 47th annual CMA Fest in June, the television special showcases 29 of music’s hottest acts as they hit the stage during the four-day festival. Don’t miss performances by Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Brett Young. Special guest collaborations include Lauren Alaina joining Brown, Julia Michaels joining Urban, Morgan Wallen joining Florida Georgia Line, and Dwight Yoakam joining Bentley. Brown, Combs, Midland, Michaels, Pardi, Pearce and Wallen make their debut performances on the CMA Fest television special.

Watch this series of 2018 CMA Fest performance previews below! These moments and more will be featured during the broadcast.

Carrie Underwood “Cry Pretty”

Chris Stapleton “Millionaire” 

Florida Georgia Line “Simple”

Sam Hunt “Downtown’s Dead”

In 2018, CMA Fest featured 11 stages with over 300 acts – all to benefit music education. Since 2006, CMA and the CMA Foundation have invested more than $21 million to sustainable music education initiatives across the U.S. thanks to the fans who attend CMA Fest and the artists who donate their time.

Be sure to tune in and share this reminder with other country music fans! Oh, and enjoy these outtakes…

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