By Heather Froglear

Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini have been tapped to host the CMA Fest 2017 3-hour television event on ABC.

Rhett and Ballerini have become fast friends since Kelsea join him on his ‘Home Team’ concert tour this year.  And Thomas considers Kelsea’s fiancé, Morgan Evans, one of his dearest friends.  Likewise, Kelsea and Rhett’s wife, Lauren, are like two peas in a pod now.  They consider every night on tour, “double date night”.

Both Rhett and Ballerini are at the top of their game right now; Rhett was just named the Academy of Country Music Awards Male Vocalist of the Year, and Kelsea was nominated for a GRAMMY this year as Best New Artist. This will be a match made in hosting heaven.



The CMA Fest is a gigantic music festival held annually in Nashville, and features tons of live music from Music City’s biggest stars, both big and small.

CMA Fest 2017, a three-hour television special featuring highlights from the four-day Music City festival which takes place June 8-11, will air later this summer on ABC.


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