CMA Music Fest Country’s Night to Rock feat Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler to Air August 12

ABC will air CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, including performances from the CMA Music Festival that took place in Nashville in June.  The telecast will feature many of our favorites, including Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and more.

The 3 hour extravaganza is set to air on Monday August 12.

Check out the press release below:

Reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town will host the summer’s hottest television music event, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” airing MONDAY, AUGUST 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The three-hour special boasts a stellar lineup and will feature performances and appearances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Sheryl Crow, the cast of “Duck Dynasty,” “Nashville” star Charles Esten, Hunter Hayes, “Dancing with the Stars” champion Derek Hough, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Lennon and Maisy Stella of “Nashville,” Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Kip Moore, Jason Mraz, Kacey Musgraves, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Filmed June 6-9, the special features behind-the-ropes access and interviews, day-in-the life segments, late-night jams, exciting performances, and surprise collaborations. This is the 10th anniversary of this one-of-a-kind special, which showcases America’s biggest Country Music bash.

Hosting the special for the first time, Little Big Town has been nominated for 12 CMA Awards and took home trophies in 2012 for Vocal Group of the Year and Single of the Year. The quartet’s fifth studio album, “Tornado,” was released on September 11, 2012 and debuted at the top of the Billboard Country Chart, where it stayed in the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks. The album, which is certified Gold, was produced by Jay Joyce and includes the double Platinum-selling, No. 1 hit single, “Pontoon,” and the follow up single and title-track, “Tornado,” which also reached No. 1. Their current single, “Your Side of the Bed,” is quickly climbing the charts and is currently in the Top 30.

Originally started as Fan Fair® in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in the format. What started with 5,000 fans has grown to a daily attendance of more than 80,000 representing every state and 27foreign countries. The primetime television special, “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” debuted in 2004 as a two-hour special highlighting the Festival and Music City. The ABC Television network has aired the special since 2005, and expanded the program to three hours in 2009. The special will air annually on ABC through 2021.

Featuring concerts, autograph signings, family activities, and more, CMA Music Festival is the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience – a four-day celebration of America’s music. CMA Music Festival is a four-time winner of the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s LIVE! Award for Festival of the Year (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010).

The 2013 CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” was shot in high definition and will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

CMA Music Festival is organized and produced by the Country Music Association. Fan Fair® is a registered trademark of CMA. Chevrolet™ is the Official Ride of Country Music. Bud Light is the Official Beer of the CMA Music Festival. Pepsi is the Official Soft Drink of the CMA Music Festival. Transitions® Adaptive Lenses: the Official Eyewear of the CMA Music Festival. American Airlines is the Official Airline of CMA Music Festival. Bad Boy Buggies are the Official UTV of the CMA Music Festival.

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  • windmills

    Based on the intro Little Big Town taped on opening night of CMA Fest’s LP Field performances, Carrie will open the show with her cover of the country classic (lolz) Paradise City, which we have video of here. Of course, that assumes that Guns N Roses cleared the song for TV airing, which they’ve been notoriously averse to giving anybody. You would think the ABC people would’ve gotten clearance beforehand, but you never know. You can also expect Carrie’s performance of See You Again to be included in the broadcast. Maybe also the Carrie/Brad Remind Me duet, but I’m not sure.

    If the Paradise City performance opens the show as intended, it’s because it’s supposed to represent the “Country’s Night To Rock” idea but also because this is lining up to be the most crossover oriented CMA Fest TV special yet. If Jason Mraz is performing that means they’re airing his duet with Hunter Hayes on Everybody’s Got Somebody But Me. I don’t know how much airtime Lenny Kravitz will get after his full solo set went over like a lead balloon live, but they’ll surely show his American Woman duet with Jason Aldean. They’ll no doubt air Kelly’s Tie It Up and maybe one other song (her duet with Jason on Don’t You Wanna Stay? or maybe something else – she also performed a couple pop hits so it’s not out of the realm of possibility they’ll air What Doesn’t Kill You or Catch My Breath). Then there’s Taylor.

    I’m excited Kellie’ll be appearing. I’m hoping they’ll air her performance of Someone Somewhere Tonight from The Stage (a small venue). They’re definitely showing some non-LP Field performances because Kacey Musgraves, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker all taped performances at The Stage before CMA Fest for the ABC special, so hopefully a Kellie performance will air too. They’ll presumably at least show Kellie doing something with Derek Hough, too.

    Lennon & Maisy performed Ho Hey at LP Field, so I’m guessing ABC’ll air that performance. Not sure what they’ll show of Chip Esten’s.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Then there’s Taylor.”


  • D Tyler

    Chip isnt the best singer but I love to hear him sing. Ive downloaded severa l of his songs. My fav is Papa writes to Johnny. Love the lyrics. Its like Chip tells a story when he sings.

  • windmills

    ITA, he’s a really underutilized musical asset on Nashville. I really like him as an interpreter/storyteller.