Kelly Clarkson, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and more have been added to the CMA Music Festival, taking place in Nashville  Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9.  It was previously announced that Carrie Underwood would perform.

Kelly’s country crossover continues as she makes her debut at the biggest country music festival event of the year, Check out the press release below:

NASHVILLE – Where can you find more CMA Award winners and nominees than at the annual CMA Awards? Try the 2013 CMA Music Festival!

The star-packed lineup is bursting at the seams with reigning trophy winners, former Award recipients, and nominees all performing for the most ardent, passionate fans in the world during CMA Music Festival, Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9, in Nashville.

“We have an amazing lineup of talent for this year’s Festival,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “I know our fans will be entertained and enthralled to see our annual family reunion of the best and brightest performers in the industry.”

More artists have just been announced including Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Kelly Clarkson, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes, Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown Band.

Previously announced performers for this one-of-a-kind, award-winning festival include Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and Carrie Underwood (with more artists to be announced soon).

  • calliebeckett

    I can see the “country purists” screaming already about Kelly being on there…

  • fantoo1

    Sorry, I like Kelly, but she isn’t country…she is a pop singer. Just because you are friends with Blake/Miranda and are engaged to Reba’s stepson doesn’t mean you are suddenly a country singer.

  • heartly

    Debut for her own set, she’s been there two other times to sing with Reba in ’07 and Jason in ’11.

    Not shocking to me in the least that she’s playing this this year, I was actually expecting it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1638805698 Jason Scott

    Kelly? Really?

    Well, she’s about as Country as Taylor…so yea.

  • http://twitter.com/hawkscool8 John S

    Well, she’s about as Country as Taylor…so yea.

    And Cassadee Pope, LOL.

  • Tess

    So nepotism is alive and well in country music.  Got to hand it to Kelly to move while the moving is good.  Country music seems to be a lot more forgiving of their aging stars than is pop music and Kelly is fast approaching the age when many female pop stars are rapidly falling by the wayside. If she can bring in the viewers more power to her, but I think she needs to record that “all country” album pretty fast while the time for her is ripe.  Personally I think she is balancing on a very slippery slope and she might find herself without any secure ground beneath her if she isn’t careful.

  • bestmusic

    I for one am not liking the country Kelly. Will not be buying even though I love her pop music.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not generally a fan of country music, but I did like Kelly’s duet with Jason and “Don’t Rush”. Still, I’d probably have to take a break if Kelly decided to go full tilt into country music (which I’m not sure that she would do).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Poor Kelly. lol She just won a Grammy for Pop Album of the Year and has now had a string of four Pop hits in a row, with another one to come, in the last 18 months. It’s not like Kelly is desperate, she is at the top of her game.

    Kelly has a Grammy nomination for a country duet, a current duet with one of country music’s legends, a duet on a country Christmas album, a single released to country radio, and is continuing to pursue other crossover possibilities. She started on this journey six years ago when she paired with Reba McEntire for a CMT Crossroads special back in 2007. She recorded a duet with Reba that ended up getting a Grammy nomination and teamed with McEntire for the 2008 Two Voices Tour. There is no reason she can’t have some crossover songs, duets and collaborations in the country music world.

  • Caro3278sweet

    There is no reason she can’t have some crossover songs, duets and collaborations in the country music world.

    Agreed. 

    Just don’t foist the pop song mixed as country music on me, Kelly. Do country for real and I’m all for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.hayden.7 Mary Hayden

    By Kelly going country (or pop country) she is taking another place of a true country singer – so tired of what “country” radio is playing these days

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    It reminds me of when “Miss Independent” came out, so many people were
    outraged that she was like Britney or Christina. Or when SUBG came out, everyone
    thought it was the wrong direction for Kelly. Early reviews of the album
    were pretty mean, and then it turned into a huge hit — everyone
    backtracked. I guess she was
    “taking the place of other pop stars.”

    Kelly’s a singer. She has always said she loves all
    types of genres. She should be allowed to grow as an artist.

    And country has always been welcoming
    to Kelly. Her first single “A Moment Like This” charted on Billboard’s
    Country Songs. It’s not Kelly’s fault that country works the way it does. But every genre is the same…. artists will be on top of the game, then some new artists will come along and either pass by or replace them. That’s how it is and will always be.

    I guess what makes Kelly’s case different is that
    she was invited by them. Rascal
    Flatts, Reba, Jason – they all asked her. Several other country artists have all said they’d like to sing with Kelly like Tracey Lawrence, Miranda, Lonestar, and so on. 

    It’s a shame that some people can’t let artists expand their artistry and try different things. I mean Kelly started her career by singing a different genre every week, it’s nothing new.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    It reminds me of when “Miss Independent” came out, so many people were
    outraged that she was like Britney or Christina. Or when SUBG came out, everyone
    thought it was the wrong direction for Kelly. Early reviews of the album
    were pretty mean, and then it turned into a huge hit — everyone
    backtracked. I guess she was
    “taking the place of other pop stars.”

    Kelly’s a singer. She has always said she loves all
    types of genres. She should be allowed to grow as an artist.

    And country has always been welcoming
    to Kelly. Her first single “A Moment Like This” charted on Billboard’s
    Country Songs. It’s not Kelly’s fault that country works the way it does. But every genre is the same…. artists will be on top of the game, then some new artists will come along and either pass by or replace them. That’s how it is and will always be.

    I guess what makes Kelly’s case different is that
    she was invited by them. Rascal
    Flatts, Reba, Jason – they all asked her. Several other country artists have all said they’d like to sing with Kelly like Tracey Lawrence, Miranda, Lonestar, and so on. 

    It’s a shame that some people can’t let artists expand their artistry and try different things. I mean Kelly started her career by singing a different genre every week, it’s nothing new.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    Funny, that all the country blogs reviews of “Don’t Rush” mentioned how it might be “too country” for what radio is currently playing.

    “The song is not only country, but it might be too much of a throwback sound for some hungry haters. The singer recently told Taste of Country Nights radio she was going for a Crystal Gayle vibe — and it shows.”
    http://tasteofcountry.com/kelly-clarkson-vince-gill-dont-rush/

  • hayes

    I’m all for Kelly going country if it means we’re one step closer to getting a Kelly-Carrie collab.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

     “It’s a shame that some people can’t let artists expand their artistry
    and try different things. I mean Kelly started her career by singing a
    different genre every week, it’s nothing new. Let the girl have some fun
    with HER career.”

    LOL, well those pigeon hole attitudes are exactly what Kelly’s new song addresses.  She’s going to do the music she likes and, fortunately, for those of us who appreciate her phenomenal genre-bending talent, naysayers have never stopped her and never will.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Kelly isn’t “going country”, she is simply making some music that has the potential to crossover to another genre.

    Every time a Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes or Carrie Underwood song crosses over to CHR or HAC radio, it takes the place of a “true” pop or adult contemporary artist or a song that “belongs” on those formats.

    Do you really want all artists to stay in their neat little boxes? No country artists on pop? No pop artists on country? No alt. rock or AAA artists on Pop or HAC?

    Artists crossover and take the place of other artists from time to time, but that’s what keeps music interesting and evolving from year to year.  How boring it would be if all music stuck to an exact little box, that a few rigid purists had decided was best.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Kelly isn’t “going country”, she is simply making some music that has the potential to crossover to another genre.

    Every time a Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes or Carrie Underwood song crosses over to CHR or HAC radio, it takes the place of a “true” pop or adult contemporary artist or a song that “belongs” on those formats.

    Do you really want all artists to stay in their neat little boxes? No country artists on pop? No pop artists on country? No alt. rock or AAA artists on Pop or HAC?

    Artists crossover and take the place of other artists from time to time, but that’s what keeps music interesting and evolving from year to year.  How boring it would be if all music stuck to an exact little box, that a few rigid purists had decided was best.  

  • 1rollbounce2

    Kelly is a singer.  Put a song to it and get the genre later.  Reminds me of Obama’s speech – this is not black america or white america – this is thee United States of America!  That’s Kelly, a multi-genre singer!

  • vdawg

    This is all about the power Navel Blackstock has which I cannot stand.  I will not be supporting any of his folks. 

  • standtotheright

    By Kelly going country (or pop country) she is taking another place of a true country singer

    Aaron Lewis of Staind and Mumford and Sons are trying some country crossover, too. Because music is music and some people think that what they do (broody rock with some steel guitar and folk rock with banjos) has some resonance for country fans. Frankly, I think it’s good for formats to recognize that influences move outward and sometimes artists come back in.

    Besides, no format does more to choke off talent than pop, where the top songs are getting spun truly egregious amounts in a given day. Country may be moving in that direction, but it has a long way to go.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I guess what makes Kelly’s case different is that

    she was invited by them. Rascal 
    Flatts, Reba, Jason, Blake – they all asked her. Several other country artists have all said they’d like to sing with Kelly like Tracey Lawrence, Miranda, Lonestar, and so on. ”
    That’s a good point and negates the “nepotism” argument (especially the Jason and RF collaborations who have no formal connection to Narvel). Kelly has been a huge fan of country music her entire life and even lobbied the Idol producers for a “country theme” show when she was on Idol S1, which validates her as a bona fide fan of country music.

  • windmills

    Kelly getting a spot in this year’s CMA Fest LP Field lineup is A) not a surprise, B) a little premature, and C) understandable. Her management obviously wanted it so she can be part of the ABC CMA Fest special that airs in September. Kelly’s been welcomed into the country community as a pop singer who’s simultaneously trying to cross over. She hasn’t had a solo t20 country single yet but she may by the time CMA Fest rolls around, she’s had a #1 and #2 duet on the country charts, and she has had live performances that have gone over well in the country crowd. Too, the country shows like to bring in people from other genres to broaden the appeal of their shows.

    Yes, Kelly’s taking the spot of somebody who’s spent a lot more time and effort building a country career. But realistically, it’s not like Ashley Monroe or Kacey Musgraves or Kellie Pickler or Jana Kramer or Kristen Kelly was going to get her spot instead. Actually Kellie might still get a spot because of ABC/DWTS connection, and maybe Ashley’ll come out with the rest of the Pistol Annies for another performance of Ain’t Gonna Like This. But realistically, Kelly’s spot would’ve gone to another big name who doesn’t necessarily need the help. Or if it went to a rising country act who needs the promo, ABC wouldn’t show them on TV anyway. 

    Business interests factor in big when determining stuff like this. The business interests and Kelly’s career expansion goals happen to fit this opportunity and this is something that will work for the crowd that’s there because Kelly brings it live. So it’s happening.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ENXWTPQX7WDUGFKDMOUHAWCQMY Van

    It wasn’t the finale. It was a special from Vegas a few weeks after the finale.

    The producers knew Kelly was a big Reba fan. She wanted to sing “Why Haven’t I Heard From You” for a country week. After she won, she did this live press conference and they asked her who her idol was and she said Reba.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks! *I’m such a bad fan* lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7LS7KC5AHEOV5R27XD7GCWBHFU J

    Yeah, Jason has stated numerous times that HE wanted Kelly to sing with him because he has been a fan of hers for a long time.  Narvel had nothing to do with the idea.  The nepotism argument is just misdirected judgement not backed up by the facts.

    It’s funny to me that it bothers some people, because Kelly recording country songs and taking time to integrate with that community is a huge sign of respect for the genre from her.  Fortunately, from observations, it seems to mainly be some so-called purists who are upset, as other performers and industry people  really show a lot of love for her and appreciate what she is doing.

    If some country fans are so shut off that they think no one but a “true” country singer should ever get a spin or enter the charts, then the other formats need to kick Taylor, Carrie and any other designated country artist off their formats.  Let’s go back and wipe Shania Twain out the Pop record books while we’re at it.  Country needs to purge those spins for Darrius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Kid Rock, Elvis and many others too for not being true country artist.  Let’s make sure they ALL stay in their little boxes.

    Looks like we’ll also need to fix the movie industry since all those singers aren’t true actors.   They’re taking parts away from real actors.  Country singers seem to be especially guilty of this crime.  I know I’ve seen of lot of them on the big and small screen.

    Fortunately, I think country insiders recognize when Goin’ Country is done  as a last resort (Jessica Simpson) and when it’s a sincere love for the genre (Kelly).

    Let’s be factual.  Kelly doesn’t NEED country.  In the last year her POP career has earned her a platinum album, #1 smash single, Grammy win, Superbowl performance, Inauguration performance and another successful tour among others things.  Her career has actually been on an upswing.  Kelly is singing country because of her love for the genre, which she has expressed from the beginning.  She is a MUSIC lover who doesn’t believe in artistic boundaries.  Some of us “ain’t gonna like” that fact, we’re gonna love it.