Hosted by Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini with special guest host Bobby Bones
“CMA Fest,” the music event of summer, brings the hottest music acts together on one stage for three full hours of epic collaborations and must-see performances, Sunday, Aug. 4 (8 p.m. EDT), on ABC. The primetime special, hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini with special guest host Bobby Bones, brings country music’s ultimate fan experience to a national television audience for a 16th straight year.
Catch a sneak peek of “CMA Fest” HERE.
Filmed during Nashville’s 48th annual CMA Fest in June, the television special features more than 30 of music’s biggest acts as they hit the stage during the four-day festival. Fans won’t want to miss special collaborations, including for the first time ever Lil Nas X joined by Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban; Ballerini and The Chainsmokers; Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde; Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell; Tim McGraw and Luke Combs; Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile; and Carrie Underwood with Joan Jett. Additional performers include Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Brett Young and Rhett.
Rhett returns to host “CMA Fest” for a fourth year, first co-hosting the special in 2016; while Ballerini returns for a third year. Bones appears as a special guest host for the first time.