Rhett, Ballerini host CMA Fest on TV
Thursday, April 20, 2017
– Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett will host "CMA Fest 2017," the three-hour special that brings annual June event to national TV.
The announcement that Ballerini and Thomas Rhett would serve as hosts this year was made Thursday morning on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"I've grown up going to CMA Fest as a fan and last year getting to perform on the big stage is one of the most epic memories I'll ever have. And now, being able to host with my current tour mate, Thomas Rhett, is going to be another crazy thing off the bucket list," said Ballerini. "I can't wait to test out my hosting skills and perform again this year."
"I always look forward to CMA Music Fest," said Rhett. "Ever since I was there as a fan sitting in the nosebleeds to hosting this year with Kelsea, it's always been one of the biggest weeks in country music that is all about the fans. I'm pumped."
Filmed during CMA Music Festival June 8-11, 2016 in Nashville, the special features many country stars who performed during the four days.
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