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Swift closes CMA Music Fest

Monday, May 2, 2011 – Taylor Swift will give the closing performance at 2011 CMA Music Festival. The superstar, who has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and placed singles atop the country and pop charts, was added to the Nightly Concert at LP Field on Sunday, June 12.

CMA Music Festival takes place Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, in downtown Nashville. The event, which celebrates its 40th birthday since beginning as Fan Fair in 1972, will once again be filmed for an ABC television special to air in late summer.

"Taylor has been a strong supporter of CMA Music Festival since she burst on the national scene a few years ago, and we are thrilled to welcome her back," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "As we celebrate 40 years of CMA Music Festival, it is exciting to see Taylor and all our performers continue the legacy of Fan Fair, which spotlights the unique relationship between country music artists and their fans."

Swift has participated in CMA Music Festival every year since her event debut performance on the Daily Concerts at Riverfront Park in 2006. She performed on the Nightly Concerts at LP Field in 2007-2009, and held a massive autograph signing session for her fans at the Bridgestone Arena in 2010 that lasted more than 15 consecutive hours.

Artists currently scheduled to appear at LP Field include:

Thursday, June 9: Jason Aldean (with a special guest performance from Kelly Clarkson), Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, and Zac Brown Band (with special guest performance from Alan Jackson).

Friday, June 10: Sheryl Crow, Lady Antebellum, Reba, Ashton Shepherd, Sugarland, and Keith Urban.

Saturday, June 11: Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Josh Turner, and Chris Young.

Sunday, June 12: The Band Perry, the JaneDear girls, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift.

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