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The 2019 CMA Music Festival Brings Record-Breaking Crowds and Surprise Guests to Music City

CS Country was all over Downtown Nashville soaking in some of the fest’s best moments from the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium.

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Despite some weather challenges, the 2019 CMA Music Festival was truly one to remember.

With Florida Georgia Line, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Brett Young, Eric Church, Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Brothers Osborne, Kelsea Ballerini, Kane Brown and more rounding out the immensely talented lineup, over 50,000 fans from all over the world came together to sing along to each performer’s biggest hits as well as see some surprise star-studded collaborations.

Lil Nas X created one of the festival’s most talked-about moments Saturday night (June 8), as he joined Billy Ray Cyrus and reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban for an epic surprise performance of “Old Town Road,” the No. 1 song in the country for 10 weeks and running.

Other special guests throughout the weekend included Country Music Hall of Fame’s newest inductees, Brooks & Dunn, who joined Brothers Osborne on Thursday night (June 6) to perform “Hard Workin’ Man” as well as “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” including Ashley McBryde. Tanya Tucker brought out surprise guest Brandi Carlile to perform multiple songs during her opening set, while Kelsea Ballerini welcomed The Chainsmokers for an explosive performance of “This Feeling.” To close out a rainy first night, Florida Georgia Line brought out HARDY for “Y’all Boys” and Morgan Wallen for “Up Down,” with an additional surprise from Midland performing “Mr. Lonely.”

Carrie Underwood brought out rock ‘n’ roll legend Joan Jett for a five-song medley performance of Jett’s hits including “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘N Roll” on Friday night (June 7), followed by a surprise set on the mini stage from Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell, who sang “What Happens In A Small Town.”

On Saturday (June 8), Luke Combs joined Tim McGraw to perform “Real Good Man,” and Dierks Bentley welcomed Tenille Townes, celebrating women in Country with cover performances of Trisha Yearwood’s “She’s in Love with a Boy” and Deana Carter’s “Strawberry Wine.”

For the last night of CMA Fest, Maren Morris welcomed Carlile back to perform their striking song “Common.” Luke Bryan had the entire stadium on their feet dancing, closing out the festival on Sunday night (June 9).

Celeb Secrets Country was all over Downtown Nashville soaking in some of the fest’s best moments from the Nightly Concerts at Nissan Stadium — click through the gallery below to see our favorite shots from each night!

You can relive the 2019 CMA Music Festival during the three-hour primetime television special CMA Fest on Sunday, August 4th @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.


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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