Nashville’s annual CMA Fest couldn’t take place this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a three-hour TV special, CMA Best of Fest will air, highlighting some of the best performances over the last 16 years. Luke Bryan will host the entire event, which meant leaving his home during the coronavirus pandemic. But as soon as the show’s producer, Robert Deaton, asked Luke, he immediately said yes.
“When Robert 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?’” Luke recalled (via his record label). “And I said, ‘Robert, I’d love to.’ I was glad to be able to work with Deaton and put on a show. I think the fans will enjoy it. Obviously, it’s stuff they’ve seen before, but I think it’s going to be a pretty meaningful show.”
Luke just celebrated his 25th No. 1 single, with “One Margarita,” from his upcoming Born Here, Live Here, Die Here album.
“When I first heard ‘One Margarita’ I really thought it was the perfect summer song,” Luke said of the song. “It’s catchy and fun and right now people just need a moment to let go. It’s been fun watching my fans react on socials and it’s gonna be even more fun when I get to perform it for them at a live show!”
CMA Best of Fest will air on Monday, July 13, at 7:00 PM CT on ABC, and include performances by dozens of artists, including Trace Adkins, Lauren Alaina, Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, 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 the Zac Brown Band.