Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett Will Return to Host ‘CMA Fest’


CMA Fest 2019 Hosts

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini will be returning to the CMA Fest as co-hosts. This year’s celebration of Country music marks Rhett’s fourth time as host and it’s the third time Ballerini has handled CMA Fest hosting duties. The duo will be joined for this year’s Country music festival by special guest host Bobby Bones.

Described as the “music event of summer,” the CMA Fest will air on Sunday, August 4th at 8pm ET/PT on ABC. The three-hour broadcast celebrating Country music will be taped during the four-day CMA Fest scheduled for June 6th through 9th at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

“This year’s CMA Fest offers something for every music fan,” stated Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “From surprise collaborations to some of Country Music’s most exciting emerging and legendary talent, we’re excited to bring the festival to millions of fans around the world later this summer.”

The 2019 CMA Fest is executive produced by Robert Deaton.

CMA Fest is always the summer’s must-see music event with the biggest names in Country Music,” added Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment Senior Vice President, Alternative Series, Specials & Late-Night Programming. “With Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini returning for their third year and Bobby Bones joining them as special guest host, we know this summer’s festival will knock it out of the park.”

The annual festival will feature 300 artists on 11 stages over its four days. The event also features meet-and-greets and up-close-and-personal experiences for fans. The artists donate their time so that part of the festival’s ticket sales can “directly benefit high-quality music education initiatives across the United States through the CMA Foundation.”

Tickets are available at or the CMA Box Office at 1-800-CMA-FEST.


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