Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini To Host CMA Music Festival Special On ABC

Tourmates Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini have been on the road as part of Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour this year, but this summer, he and Ballerini will team up again, this time to host the CMA Fest 2017, a three-hour music special to be aired on ABC, and executive-produced by Robert Deaton.

The announcement was made on Good Morning America this morning (April 20).

This marks Thomas Rhett’s second year co-hosting the television special, following last year’s co-hosting duties with Brett Eldredge.

The CMA Music Festival will run from June 8-11 in Nashville.

“I’ve grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan and last year getting to perform on the big stage is one of the most epic memories I’ll ever have. And now, being able to host with my current tour mate, Thomas Rhett, is going to be another crazy thing off the bucket list,” said Ballerini. “I can’t wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year!”

“I always look forward to CMA Music Fest,” added Thomas Rhett. “Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds to hosting this year with Kelsea, it’s always been one of the biggest weeks in Country Music that is all about the fans. I’m pumped.”

The pair will bring the Home Team Tour to Nashville tonight (April 20) for a show at Ascend Amphitheater.


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