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Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini Return to Host CMA Fest on ABC


If you were one of the fans who made your way to Nashville in June for this year’s CMA Fest, you witnessed one of the biggest events in the Country Music’s Ultimate Fan Experience. And, if you weren’t able to go, the three-hour “CMA Fest” special that airs on August 8 on ABC has you covered.

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini return to host the show that was filmed during the four-day event (June 7-10) and will feature performances from more than 25 of Country Music’s biggest names.

“We’re thrilled once again to broadcast ‘CMA Fest’ and bring the festival to millions of Country Music fans not only here in the U.S. but all around the world,”  said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.

This years television special marks the 15th consecutive year of the broadcast, a feat no other U.S. music festival has achieved. In 2017 the “CMA Fest” enjoyed a three-year high in the television ratings.

The “CMA Fest” television special airs on Wednesday, August 8 at 8pm (ET) on ABC/WEWS Channel 5 in Cleveland.

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