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5 Reasons Why You Need to Watch CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock on ABC Tonight

The day that we’ve all been waiting for is finally here — CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock is officially airing on ABC TONIGHT!

Hosted by Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge, the three-hour television special will feature performances and behind-the-scenes interviews from Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams, Jr., Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Steven Tyler, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Lady Antebellum, Cassadee Pope, Elle King, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris, Martina McBride, and Keith Urban. The event also includes a special appearance by HGTV’s Property Brothers!

CMA Music Festival is the “ultimate country music fan experience.” It began in 1972 as Fan Fair, bringing 5,000 fans to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium. Now 45 years later, the legendary Festival has become the city’s signature music event hosting more than 88,500 fans from every state and two dozen foreign countries.

The 2016 CMA Music Festival featured 11 stages with more than 600 artists and 100 hours of music. And it all benefitted music education.

As you may know, Celeb Secrets Country was in Nashville the entire week and witnessed every major moment at CMA Fest. Here are five reasons why we think you should tune in to CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock later this evening!

CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock airs tonight, August 3rd @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett host "The CMA Music Festival - Country's Night to Rock" WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
Brett Eldredge and Thomas Rhett host “The CMA Music Festival – Country’s Night to Rock” WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Brett Eldredge & Thomas Rhett Hosting

Two of the best looking guys are coming together to host one of the biggest events in country music! We can’t wait to see what the guys have in store for us — they better have some funny jokes in between!

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Property Brothers

Don’t deny it — you totally think that Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew are hot. When they make their appearance on the Nissan Stadium stage, you’ll be replaying it over and over again.

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ABC/Mark Levine

Combines 4 Nights of Country Music into One Special

The 2016 CMA Music Festival is a four night event with non-stop country music. In this special, you can either relive some of your favorite moments from the week or see what you missed — all in three hours!

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images

Special Guests

Something that’s great about CMA Fest is that it not only brings country artists together, but also artists from other genres. There are many special collaborations that will be broadcasted during the special, including one with rock artist Elle King and R&B sensation Pharrell Williams.

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Rick Diamond/Getty Images

All the Biggest Names in Country Music Under One Roof

As we mentioned before, Chris Stapleton, Hank Williams, Jr., Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Justin Moore, Chris Janson, Eric Church, Kelsea Ballerini, Brett Eldredge, Florida Georgia Line, Steven Tyler, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Lady Antebellum, Cassadee Pope, Elle King, Pharrell Williams, Maren Morris, Martina McBride, and Keith Urban will all be performing throughout tonight’s broadcast. This is the only event where all of the biggest names in country music come together!

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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