CMA Music Festival is known for its incredible lineup of country artists, along with very special guests that surprise fans throughout the weekend long festivities. However, I think CMA Fest really stunned the capacity crowd on the final night of CMA Festival in Nissan Stadium with a star studded lineup of special guests including Backstreet Boys, Bebe Rexha, Dwight Yoakam, Brothers Osbourne, and a few others.
The evening launched with Ray Stevens singing The National Anthem, followed by a performance from the legendary Ricky Skaggs. Brett Eldredge later took to the Nissan Stadium stage and had a very energetic, hit filled setlist pumping up the crowd for the rest of the star studded evening of incredible hit makers. Cole Swindell taking to the stage as well to perform “Breakup in The End,” and later joining Luke Bryan on stage to perform “Rollercoaster” during Luke Bryan’s set. We even got a surprised performance from the televised broadcast host, Thomas Rhett on the final night, where he hit the stage with a solid 30-minute set performing hits like “Marry Me,” “Die A Happy Man,” and the title track to his latest album, “Life Changes.” The crowd really enjoyed Dierks Bentley’s performance of “Burning Man,” where he brought out his collaborators from the track Brothers Osbourne.
The evening wouldn’t have been complete without the incredible star studded lineup of surprise guests that Florida Georgia Line brought out during their set, whilst the legendary Randy Travis watched from the front row. FGL performing through their slew of No. 1 smash hits including their collaboration with Bebe Rexha for “Meant To Be,” which has been 4x platinum certified by the RIAA, as Rexha performed in her Dolly Parton stylist designed Swarovski crystal studded silver cowboy hat made up of 6,000 crystals. FGL also brought out Backstreet Boys for an extraordinary performance of their collab “God, Your Mama, and Me” but the crowd really got excited and dancing along when they brought out Morgan Wallen for his No. 1 hit “Up Down.”
Luke Bryan closed out the final evening of CMA Fest with a different setlist that was not even rehearsed but Luke Bryan did a great job at performing some of the legendary hits from Randy Travis as he watched from the front row, Luke even going and kissing him on the head during his first song. Bryan’s hits went on for over a half an hour ending his set with bang of a great fireworks display illuminating the sold out stadium crowd.
ABC Network will be airing the best of the best performances from the Nissan Stadium and HGTV lodge later this summer on August 8th, hosted by country’s favorite artists, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett. Tickets for the 2019 CMA Fest will be available for purchase in August, make sure to pick them up while you can cause the lineups only get better and better every single year.