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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 -- except 2020 and 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- 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 had continued to air since.
CMA FEST 2023 -- hosted by Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson -- premieres on Wednesday, July 19, 2023 from 8-11pm ET/PT on ABC. The three-hour primetime concert special filmed in Nashville during CMA Fest's milestone 50th anniversary. This television special features never-before-seen performances and surprise collaborations from Country Music's most exciting acts. Featured CMA FEST performers include Alabama, Jason Aldean, Bentley, Leon Bridges, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, HARDY, Tyler Hubbard, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, King, Miranda Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker, Keith Urban, and Wilson.


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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