‘CMA Fest’ to feature 30 performances from country music’s hottest stars

The countdown to the musical event of the summer – CMA-Festival – is on!

Hosted by Dierks Bentley and Elle King, the can’t-miss special airs August 3 and features superstar collaborations and exclusive performances, all filmed at the 49th CMA Fest, which took place over four days in Nashville. in June.

Carrie Underwood; Photo of John Russell, CMA

The show will feature performances from over 30 artists, including Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Parker McCollum, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood and more.

Luke Bryan;  Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA
Luke Bryan; Photo by Nathan Zucker, CMA

CMA Fest will also include unique and star-studded collaborations from Dierks Bentley and Billy Ray Cyrus, Wynonna Judd and Carly Pearce, Dustin Lynch with MacKenzie Porter, Cole Swindell and Lainey Wilson, King and Ashley McBryde, Lady A with BRELAND, and Zac Brown Band with Darius Rucker.

The new hosts are excited to bring the CMA Fest to viewers across the country.

Dierks Bentley, Elle King;  Photo by John Russell/AMC
Dierks Bentley, Elle King; Photo by John Russell/AMC

“I think Elle brings so much to the table,” Bentley shared. “On stage she’s just riotous and also super talented – a great combination of talent and comedic humor. Lots of spontaneous moments between the two of us and just lots of laughs.

“I co-host this whole shebang,” King laughed. “Not only can I do it with my mate Dierks, but I can also see all these amazing performances and be part of a big party!”

“When Dierks and Elle first performed together at Fest in 2016, I knew they had something special,” said “CMA Fest” executive producer Robert Deaton. “The festival itself may be over, but thanks to these two, along with a solid roster of performances and special collaborations, the party continues in homes across America. It was a fun challenge to think differently with our setup for the past two years, but it was great to be back with a full house at the stadium.

The three-hour primetime special airs Wednesday, August 3 at 8/7 a.m. on ABC and will be available the following day on Hulu.

Toya J. Bell