CMA Fest showcased LGBTQ+ artists as part of Country Proud, the fest’s first LGBTQ activation, which took place Thursday, June 9 at Assembly Food Hall in Nashville. Among the performers were Shelly Fairchild, Sonia Leigh, Lila McCann, Harper Grae, The Kentucky Gentleman, Breann Young, Jessica Rose, Chris Housman, Maia Sharp, Gina Venier, Steff Mahan and more.

CMA Fest runs from June 9 through June 12 in Nashville, and will feature performances from Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs and many more. Darius Rucker, Ashley McBryde, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Mickey Guyton, Midland, Nelly, Tyler Hubbard and more will perform at Spotify’s four-day showcase, Spotify House, at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red in downtown Nashville.

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