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First Look: Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Blake Shelton, More Featured In “CMA Fest: Country’s Night To Rock”

Some of country music’s biggest stars perform during the 2017 CMA Fest special.

Sam Hunt at CMA Fest | ABC/Mark Levine

ABC’s annual “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night To Rock” special airs August 16.

Ahead of the broadcast, the network shared first-look photos.

Footage for the special was taped at the Nashville CMA Music Festival this spring.

In addition to performing, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett serve as co-hosts for the proceedings. Other artists featured include Sam Hunt, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins, Eric Church, Chris Young, Cassadee Pope, Brett Young, and more.

ABC’s photos follow. The special airs at 8PM ET/PT:

CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON, TRACE ADKINS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BLAKE SHELTON
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
BRETT YOUNG
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
CASSADEE POPE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
CHRIS YOUNG
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
CHRIS YOUNG
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
CHRIS YOUNG
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
CHRIS YOUNG, CASSADEE POPE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
DUSTIN LYNCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
ERIC CHURCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
ERIC CHURCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
ERIC CHURCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
ERIC CHURCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
ERIC CHURCH
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
MAREN MORRIS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
RASCAL FLATTS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
RASCAL FLATTS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
SAM HUNT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
SAM HUNT, JOSHUA BURKETT, TYRONE CARREKER
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
TYRONE CARREKER, SAM HUNT, JOSHUA BURKETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
TYRONE CARREKER, SAM HUNT, JOSHUA BURKETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
SAM HUNT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
SAM HUNT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT, KELSEA BALLERINI
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, itÕs also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country musicÕs hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host ÒCMA Fest 2017,Ó the three-hour special that brings country musicÕs most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
THOMAS RHETT
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
TRACE ADKINS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
TRACE ADKINS
CMA FEST 2017 – CMA Music Festival is not only the ultimate country music festival experience for fans from all over the world to attend, it’s also the only music festival with its own annual network television special. This year, that special will be hosted by two of country music’s hottest stars, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. The pair will team up to host “CMA Fest 2017,” the three-hour special that brings country music’s most storied festival to a national television audience Wednesday, August 16th (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT/PDT) on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mark Levine)
TRACE ADKINS

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