About the Show
Are you ready to experience the results of a four-day party featuring the most exciting stars of Country Music? Then brace yourself for the summer's hottest celebration of America's music with the 2012 CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock!
Luke Bryan and The Band Perry's Kimberly Perry will team up to host the summer's hottest television music event airing on Monday, September 17th, 8PM ET/PT. The special will once again be executive-produced by Robert Deaton.
"We have so much fun playing at CMA Music Festival," said Bryan. "The entire town of Nashville turns into one big party, and performing at LP Field becomes one of the best shows we play all year."
"CMA Music Fest is special to The Band Perry because we love spending time with our fans," said Perry. "We are excited to be a part of ABC's coverage of the four-day event, co-hosting the television special."
Filmed June 7-10, many of today's most exciting Country Music stars will hit the stage during a four-day party and celebration of America's music. The annual event is unlike any other, with 30 hours of autograph signings, 200 hours of live music, 450 artists and celebrities and a party list of 65,000 avid, singing, dancing-till-dawn fans. This is the eighth time ABC will broadcast this special, which invites the whole country to America's biggest Country Music bash. Artists appearing in the television special have not yet been announced.
Artists performing as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field during 2012 CMA Music Festival include Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Rascal Flatts, Brantly Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, The Pistol Annies, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Zac Brown Band.
Bryan was nominated for CMA New Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2011. His most recent album is the Platinum-certified "tailgates & tanlines," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, and features three Platinum-certified digital singles, "Country Girl (Shake It for Me)," "I Don't Want This Night to End" and "Drunk on You."
Perry is the lead singer of The Band Perry, a family trio with her brothers Reid and Neil. She won her first solo CMA Award in 2011 for Song of the Year for writing "If I Die Young." The Band Perry won two additional CMA Awards last year, New Artist of the Year and Single of the Year ("If I Die Young"). The group's Platinum-certified, self-titled debut album features the four-times-Platinum-certified digital single, "If I Die Young," and two Gold-certified digital singles, "All Your Life" and "You Lie."
Originally started as Fan Fair(r) in 1972, the legendary event has featured performances by every major star in the format. What started with 5,000 fans has grown to a daily attendance of more than 65,000 representing every state and 23 foreign countries.