August 8, 2018
Tonight, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett host the CMA Fest TV special. Kelsea says the event is a love fest between the artists and the fans.
Kelsea Ballerini says CMA Music Fest is a time when artists show appreciation for their fans. “It’s really important to go out there and say thank you and acknowledge that you get to do what you do because they let you.”
Chris Stapleton is one of the artists you’ll see tonight on the show. He says it’s an amazing feeling to perform for the huge crowd at the stadium. “You can’t believe how many people are out there. But you got to know there is a guy or a lady sitting up there at the very top that is there to see you play music. It’s an amazing cultural event any time that happens, when music can bring people together.”
Also performing are Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Dan and Shay, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt, Dustin Lynch, Midland, Old Dominion, Jake Owen, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Morgan Wallen, Dwight Yoakam and Brett Young.
The CMA Fest airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.