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Luke Bryan hosts “CMA Best of Fest,” a three-hour retrospective airing tonight (7/13) at 8/7CT on ABC.

The live concert experience features 28 performances which aired on television over the last 16 years of “CMA Fest,” plus a new, performance with Bryan and special guest Darius Rucker.

Luke said, “When Robert (Deaton, the show’s producer) called me and he goes, ‘Luke, I know you’re kind of in quarantine, but would you want to come up and host the Best of Fest where we showcase great performances throughout the history of CMA Music Fest?’ And I said, ‘Robert, I’d love to.’ And I was glad to be able to work with Deaton and put on a show. I think the fans’ll enjoy it. Obviously, it’s stuff they’ve seen before, but I think it’s going to be a pretty meaningful show.”

Artists appearing in the TV special include: Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dan + Shay, Lzzy Hale, Sam Hunt, Joan Jett, Lady A, Miranda Lambert, Lil Nas X, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Dwight Yoakam and Zac Brown Band.

The festival will return to downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 10-13, 2021.