Kelsea Ballerini, Thomas Rhett Returning As Hosts For ABC’s CMA Fest Special

The three-hour broadcast airs on August 8.

Kelsea Ballerini & Thomas Rhett via ABC

The annual CMA Fest is currently taking place in Nashville, and ABC will once again be chronicling the event for a three-hour television broadcast.

Like last year, country stars Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will host the special.

ABC shared the news in a Tuesday morning announcement.

“Thomas and Kelsea are the embodiment of the summer fun that is CMA Fest, and we are so excited they’ll be back for year two,” said Rob Mills of ABC.

The three-hour special will air from 8-11PM EDT on Wednesday, August 8.

ABC has historically branded the special as “CMA Fest: Country’s Night To Rock.” Press material for this year’s show, at least as of right now, does not include the “Country’s Night To Rock” subtitle.

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