The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Tanya Tucker, partnered with Elle King and Lainey Wilson for a stellar performance of her 1978 hit, “Texas (When I Die),” at the CMA Fest held at Nissan Stadium. During Wilson's CMA Fest set, the audience was taken aback when Tucker and King made a surprise appearance on stage. Combining their talents, these musical artists lit up the stage and transported the audience back in time with their song. Tucker's devotion to Texas permeates the song, which debuted as the premiere single from her ninth album, TNT, and climbed to No.5 on the Billboard chart. CMA Fest has a reputation for displaying unique collaborations, and this onstage union of Tucker, King, and Wilson lived up to expectations.
Dierks Bentley, Elle King, and Lainey Wilson hosted the three-hour CMA Fest special, which was broadcasted on ABC on July 19. Hailed as "the music event of summer," the special included over 30 performances and unexpected team-ups from top country music stars. CMA Fest, celebrating its 50th Anniversary, attracted an estimated daily crowd of over 90,000 and registered a 12% rise from 2022, according to the Country Music Association. Concerts at the Nissan Stadium also saw a 10% increase from the previous year.
CMA Fest this year featured more than 300 acts, including performances at the Chevy Riverfront Stage, Dr Pepper Amp Stage, Chevy Vibes Stage, Maui Jim Reverb Stage, and the Hard Rock Stage, and also at Fan Fair X inside the Music City Center.