Luke Bryan To Lead Three-Hour CMA Fest Retrospective On ABC

Luke Bryan. Photo: Jim Wright

Luke Bryan will host CMA Best of the Fest, a three-hour CMA retrospective special to air Monday, July 13 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. The live concert experience features more than 25 performances that have aired as part of 16 years of CMA Fest, as well as a new performance from Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker.

Other artists featured in the special include Trace AdkinsLauren AlainaJason AldeanKelsea BalleriniDierks BentleyGarth BrooksBrooks & DunnBrothers OsborneKane BrownKenny ChesneyEric ChurchLuke CombsBilly Ray CyrusDan + ShayLzzy HaleSam HuntJoan JettLady AMiranda LambertLil Nas XLittle Big TownTim McGrawMaren MorrisBrad PaisleyRascal FlattsThomas RhettBlake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodKeith UrbanDwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with special appearances by Bobby BonesJim GaffiganKirk HerbstreitPeyton ManningLionel RichieRob RiggleGwen StefaniMichael Strahan and Rita Wilson. CMA Best of Fest is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

On July 1, artists Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell will host the livestream event CMA Summer Stay-Cay presented by Budweiser Nitro Gold. Fans can visit CMA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page to catch more than 50 of their favorite country acts take part in performances, games and Q&As as part of the summer celebration. A full lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

Both events celebrate CMA Fest, which was canceled for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. CMA Fest will return to Nashville on June 10-13, 2021.


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