Country music fans around the world may have had to miss out on CMA Fest in Nashville due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Country Music Association is doing its best to bring music to fans with a new TV special hosted by Luke Bryan and a star-studded live stream event.
Airing Thursday, July 9 at 8/7c on ABC, CMA Best of Fest will feature over 25 performances from past CMA Fest events as well as a brand new, must-see performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker. Hosted by Bryan, the show will feature performances from the past 16 including appearances by Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Lzzy Hale, Sam Hunt, Joan Jett, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band, with guest appearances by Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Manning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson.
One week prior to the airing of CMA Best of Fest, Jimmie Allen and Lindsay Ell will host CMA Summer Stay-Cay presented by Budweiser Nitro Gold, a brand new live stream event featuring over 50 country artists. The multi-hour live stream will air on the CMA’s YouTube channel and Facebook page and will include performances, Q&As, games with artists and much more. Additional details can be found at CMASummerStayCay.com.
CMA Fest will return to Downtown Nashville June 10-13. 2021.