Luke Bryan is among the superstars performing during Sunday's (August 4th) CMA Fest special airing on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Luke has performed at several stadiums around the country, but taking the stage at Nissan Stadium in Nashville during the city's annual CMA Fest is a huge deal. Luke tells us: ["I mean, this is like a big award show-type crowd that'll be watching this thing, and, yeah, it's very important. You don't want to go out and lay an egg. You want to go put a great show on cause the fans that are in the room, they're gonna go watch it again, and another thing, it's gonna make people that may not have been to this festival, they're gonna want to come be a part of that. I mean, I remember six, seven years ago we had the lower level full, and then through the years, now it's full from top to bottom, and I remember playing it, so it's been fun watching CMA Music Fest grow to where it's sold out every night, and that's because we put a cool thing to watch on TV together for the fans."] SOUNDCUE (:46 OC: . . . for the fans.)
Luke performs his latest hit, "Knockin' Boots." He shares the lineup with Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Luke Combs, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Florida Georgia Line, Chris Janson, Miranda Lambert, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett and Brett Young. The three-hour special also features special guest collaborations including Lil Nas X with Billy Ray Cyrus and Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood with rock legend Joan Jett, Brothers Osborne with Brooks and Dunn and Ashley McBryde, and Kelsea Ballerini and The Chainsmokers.