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CMA Fest kicks off

Thursday, June 6, 2019 – The 48th annual CMA Fest kicked off Thursday with nearly 100 performances on 11 stages throughout downtown Nashville. F

Fans packed the festival for performances, meet and greets and prize giveaways at Xfinity Fan Fair X .

Billy Currington kicked off the Chevy Riverfront Stage performing hit songs like "People Are Crazy," "Do I Make You Wanna" and "It Don't Hurt Like It Used To."

Trisha Yearwood opened the CMA Close Up Stage for the special Artist of the Day session at Xfinity Fan Fair X with songwriters featured on her forthcoming album including Ashley McBryde, Karyn Rochelle and Lucie Silvas.

Randy Houser and Chase Rice headlined the Firestone Country Roads Stage at Ascend Amphitheater Presented by BBR Music Group.

Florida Georgia Line closed out the nightly concert at Nissan Stadium, where their label Big Machine Record Group presented the duo with a Platinum plaque for their song "Talk You Out Of It." Special collaborations included Brooks & Dunn, McBryde and Brothers Osborne performing "You're Gonna Miss Me When I'm Gone," Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne singing "Hard Workin' Man," The Chainsmokers with Kelsea Ballerini dishing out their pop hit "This Feeling" and Brandi Carlile joining Tanya Tucker on multiple songs during her set. Midland also made a special performance from the satellite stage performing "Mr. Lonely."

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