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CMA Fest

CMA Fest

  • Premiered: 
    July 14, 2004
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Special, Annual
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Musical
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Plot Synopsis

Each year since 1972, the Country Music Association (CMA) has hosted the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, and now takes place over four days, featuring over 400 artists in country music. Originally started as Fan Fair in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in country music. This primetime television special debuted in 2004 on CBS as a two-hour program highlighting the Festival and Music City. In 2005 the special moved to ABC, and expanded to three hours in 2009, where it will continue to air through 2021.
Hosted again by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini, the 2019 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL: COUNTRY'S NIGHT TO ROCK was broadcast by ABC on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 8-11pm ET/PT, featuring musical performances at the 2019 CMA Music Festival in Nashville in June. This televised special, with Bobby Bones as a special guest host, included performances by:

Kelsea Ballerini: "Miss Me More"

Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers: "This Feeling"

Dierks Bentley: "Living"

Brothers Osborne: "I Don't Remember Me (Before You)"

Brothers Osborne and Brooks & Dunn: "Hard Workin' Man"

Brothers Osborne with Brooks & Dunn and Ashley McBryde: "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone"

Kane Brown: "Good as You"

Luke Bryan: "Knockin' Boots"

Luke Combs: "Beer Never Broke My Heart"

Dan + Shay: "All To Myself"

Florida Georgia Line: "Talk You Out Of It"

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell: "What Happens In A Small Town"

Chris Janson: "Good Vibes"

Miranda Lambert: "Locomotive"

Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban: "Old Town Road"

Little Big Town: "The Daughters"

Tim McGraw and Luke Combs: "Real Good Man"

Midland: "Mr. Lonely"

Maren Morris: "Girl"

Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile: "Common"

Old Dominion: "Make It Sweet"

Pistol Annies: "Sugar Daddy"

Rascal Flatts: "Back to Life"

Blake Shelton: "God's Country"

Thomas Rhett: "Look What God Gave Her" and "T-Shirt"

Carrie Underwood: "Southbound"

Carrie Underwood and Joan Jett: Medley of "I Hate Myself for Loving You," "Bad Reputation," Crimson and Clover," "Fresh Start" and "I Love Rock 'N' Roll"

Keith Urban: "We Were"

Brett Young: "Here Tonight"


Other Titles

  • Previously known as CMA Music Festival: Country Music's Biggest Party
  • Previously known as CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Country Music Association


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