Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like every other month, ABC is touting the “hottest night of country music” for its next CMA special. This month it’s the CMA Best of Fest, which celebrates the world’s longest-running Country Music festival which has taken place in Nashville every year since 1972. This year’s festival was cancelled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it will return to downtown Nashville June 10-13, 2021.
Hosted by Luke Bryan, this three-hour special presents some of the best performances of the CMA Fest over the past 16 years. The total comes to over 25 different performances featuring 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 special appearances by Bobby Bones, Jim Gaffigan, Kirk Herbstreit, Peyton Manning, Lionel Richie, Rob Riggle, Gwen Stefani, Michael Strahan and Rita Wilson. The special also features a brand-new performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker.
The CMA Best of Fest airs on Monday, July 13 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Main image: Carrie Underwood, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert (ABC)
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