The music scene is buzzing around the announcement made by the Country Music Association (CMA) that the CMA Fest will be hosted by popular artists Lainey Wilson, Dierks Bentley, and Elle King. The eagerly awaited primetime concert event will be aired on ABC on Wednesday, July 19 at 8/7c. This is the second time for Bentley and King hosting the event, while it's a debut for Wilson.
The annual four-day musical extravaganza, often referred to as the highlight of the summer, will be shot in Nashville from Thursday through Sunday, June 8 -11. The three-hour television spectacular includes live performances and unexpected team-ups that take place on stage during the nightly concerts held at the Nissan Stadium.
In addition to their co-hosting duties, Bentley and Wilson will also be performing, with Wilson's performance set for Friday, June 9, and Bentley slated for Sunday, June 11. Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, expressed her anticipation for the energizing dynamic these three hosts are expected to bring to the CMA Fest which is in its golden jubilee year.
The official lineup is not out yet, but the audience can expect incredible performances from the likes of Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church among others at the Nissan Stadium nighttime shows. Proceeds from the concert will partly be used to support high-quality music education initiatives across the country.
CMA Fest not only includes performances on the Nissan Stadium stages, but also features hundreds of downtown Nashville artists. The 2023 event will mark the 20th consecutive year of CMA producing the summer concert TV special.