Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are back to host the 2019 CMA Fest televised special on ABC with special guest host Bobby Bones. What was a multi-day event at Nissan Stadium has been packed into three hours of performances, collaborations and surprises.

The festival, which took place in early June, brought collaborations with country royalty and artists from other genres. This will mark Rhett's fourth year hosting and Ballerini's third year hosting the star-studded event.

“This year’s CMA Fest offers something for every music fan,” says Sarah Trahern, chief executive officer of the Country Music Association in a press release. “From surprise collaborations to some of country music’s most exciting emerging and legendary talent, we’re excited to bring the festival to millions of fans around the world later this summer.”


The 16th-annual CMA Fest Nissan Stadium performances, televised in a packaged special.

When and Where:

Aug. 4 on ABC network.


Performances from the four-day CMA Festival at Nashville's Nissan Stadium. Performers include: Eric ChurchCarrie UnderwoodLuke Combs, Miranda LambertTim McGrawMaren MorrisKeith Urban, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Dierks Bentley, Dan + Shay, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Midland, Old Dominion, Kane Brown, Pistol Annies, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Rhett and Brett Young.

Televised collaborations include: Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus and Urban, Ballerini and the Chainsmokers, Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde, Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, McGraw and Luke Combs, Morris and Brandi Carlile, and Underwood with Joan Jett.


Tune into ABC on Aug. 4 at 8PM ET or watch online through the ABC app.

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