Lainey Wilson To Join Dierks Bentley & Elle King To Host 50th CMA Fest

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Dierks Bentley and Elle King are returning to co-host CMA Fest during the iconic festival’s 50th anniversary, and this time, they’re joining forces with Lainey Wilson. The Country Music Association revealed on Monday (June 5) that the trio would host the event taking place in Nashville this weekend, kicking off on Thursday (June 8) and running through Sunday (June 11). It’s slated to air as a three-hour concert special next month.

The televised special will feature never-before-seen performances and surprise collaborations, according to the CMA press release. Officials previously announced that performers include Luke Combs, Carly Pearce, Dan + Shay, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan and many others. Find the full CMA Fest lineup here.

“I could not be more excited to welcome Dierks, Elle and Lainey as our ‘CMA Fest’ hosts this year,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement on Monday morning. “As fans experienced last year, the energy Dierks and Elle bring to the stage is palpable and will only be amplified with the addition of Lainey this year. Each of these artists have a deep passion for CMA Fest and the Country Music fans from around the globe who travel to Nashville for the event. We are thrilled to have all three of them together to help us celebrate 50 years!”

Country fans can reflect on five decades of CMA Fest — previously known as Fan Fair — in a 75-minute documentary. CMA Fest: 50 Years of Fan Fair will feature exclusive one-on-one interviews with legendary artists, never-before-seen content and more. It’s set to premiere on Hulu on July 5. CMA Fest will air on ABC on Wednesday, July 19 at 8 p.m./7 p.m. CT.

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