Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini are back for the second year in a row to host ABC’s CMA Fest TV special, which will feature highlights from this year’s four-day festival. The live event kicks off this Thursday, June 7 and runs through June 10 — though the telecast will air in August. “We’re back,” both artists posted on their respective social media accounts. Four days of performances will be packed into the three hour broadcast. Viewers can expect to see highlights from this year’s standout lineup including Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton and Chris Stapleton are all performing. The CMA Fest special is set to air on Aug. 8  at 7PM CT on ABC.

Thomas Rhett & Kelsea Ballerini Return as Hosts of CMA Fest Television Special on ABC


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