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Lainey Wilson, Dierks Bentley & Elle King to host ‘CMA Fest’ on ABC

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Dierks Bentley, Elle King and Lainey Wilson have been announced as the hosts of the CMA Fest, a three-hour primetime television event set to air this summer.

Returning as co-hosts are Bentley and King, who had the gig at last year’s 2022 CMA Fest special. Wilson is a new  to the hosting lineup for 2023. The CMA Fest television event shares all the highlights and behind-the-scenes fun of the 2023 CMA Fest, set to take place in Nashville from June 8-11. In addition, this year marks the festival’s 50th anniversary, and a number of special celebrations marking the anniversary are expected to take place.

Bentley and Wilson are both set to perform on the Nissan Stadium stage during the 2023 CMA Fest, along with Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Eric Church and Tim McGraw and more.

CMA Fest — the ‘Music Event of Summer’ — will air on Wednesday, July 19 at 8/7c on ABC.

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