Summer’s hottest country hitmakers will take centerstage as CMA Fest returns to ABC on Wednesday (July 19). Dierks Bentley and Elle King will return as hosts for the primetime special alongside Lainey Wilson. This years star-studded lineup of performers includes Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Miranda Lambert, Avril Lavigne, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Reba McEntire and Tim McGraw.


In addition to hosting, King, Bentley and Wilson are all expected to take the stage for their own performance.

Additional performers include Alabama, Leon Bridges, Dan + Shay, Jordan Davis, Vince Gill, HARDY, Tyler Hubbard, Cody Johnson, Jo Dee Messina, Old Dominion, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker, Tanya Tucker and Keith Urban.

The TV special, featuring a night of epic collaborations, was filmed during the milestone 50th CMA Fest in Nashville this past June. Keep reading for ways to watch and stream the CMA Fest TV special online.

How to Watch CMA Fest Online

CMA Fest 2023 is set to air on ABC on July 19 at 8 p.m. ET and will stream on Hulu the following day. Country music fans who don’t have cable may be able to watch it through an antenna to access local channels. You can join Hulu for free for the first month to stream CMA Fest and more.

Hulu starts at just $7.99/month for the basic, ad-supported plan and $14.99/month to stream without commercials. Enjoy hours of exclusive programming, live sports and new episodes of select cable and network TV shows the day after they air on Hulu.

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Hulu allows up to six profiles under one account, stream from any compatible device (including a smart TV, laptop or gaming console), and stream on two different screens simultaneously.

Direct TV Stream is another great, budget-friendly way to watch live and on-demand local and cable channels. For a limited time only, streaming packages are $10 off for the first three months (regularly $74.99). The package comes with channels including ABC, NBC, Fox, CBS, Nickelodeon, ESPN, Bravo, BET, MTV, ESPN, TNT and HGTV.

Country music fans can also catch the CMA Fest primetime special on Sling TV and Fubo TV, and Express VPN, which gives you access to ABC, Hulu and more from outside of the U.S.

Right now, you can take advantage of Sling TV‘s limited-time promo, which gives you the first month for as low as $15 on both the blue and orange plans (regularly $40). You can also combine both plans for $30 (regularly $55) and enjoy over 60 channels, DVR storage and the ability to stream on multiple devices at once.


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