Country music’s hottest stars will take over primetime television when ABC airs the 2016 “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Wednesday, Aug. 3 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET). The three-hour special will be hosted by Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett for the first time.
Appearing on Country’s Night to Rock for solo performances will be Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Rhett, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Steven Tyler, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban.
The special will also highlight many of the collaborations including Bentley performing with Elle King, Bryan with Urban, Eldredge and Rhett, Lady Antebellum with Cam, Little Big Town with Pharrell Williams, Rascal Flatts with Maren Morris, Tyler with Martina McBride, Hank Williams, Jr. with Chris Janson and Justin Moore, and Chris Young’s duet with Cassadee Pope.
“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” was filmed during the 2016 CMA Music Festival, which was held in Nashville June 9-12. The annual event featured meet-and-greets in Fan Fair X, live music on 11 stages and more than 600 artists and celebrities.
ABC will host the special, produced by Robert Deaton, for the 12th time and it will remain with the network through 2021.