CMA Fest, the TV special, is returning this summer on Aug. 3 on ABC with three full hours of can’t-miss collaborations and performances. This year’s primetime special is hosted by Dierks Bentley and Elle King.
Filmed from Nissan Stadium in Nashville during the 49th CMA Fest, the special features 30 performances from country’s hottest stars as they take the stage during the four-day festival. Collaborations include Bentley and Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynonna Judd and Carly Pearce, Dustin Lynch featuring MacKenzie Porter, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson, King and Ashley McBryde, Lady A featuring Breland, and Zac Brown Band with Darius Rucker.
Additional performers include Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Parker McCollum, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett and Carrie Underwood.
“I think Elle brings so much to the table,” Bentley shares. “Onstage she’s just a riot and also super talented–a great combination of talent with comedic humor. A lot of spontaneous moments between the two of us and just a lot of laughs.”
“I am co-hosting this whole shebang,” laughs King. “Not only do I get to do it with my buddy Dierks, I also get to see all these incredible performances and be a part of a big party!”
“When Dierks and Elle first performed together at CMA Fest in 2016, I knew they had something special,” adds CMA Fest Executive Producer Robert Deaton. “The festival itself may be over, but thanks to these two, along with a solid slate of performances and special collaborations, the party continues in homes across America. It was a fun challenge to think differently with our setup these last two years, but it felt great to be back with a full house at the stadium.”
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