CMA Fest UKTN Special: Wynonna Judd honors late mother as top country stars perform

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The long-awaited UKTN special from the Country Music Association Fest finally hit our screens on Wednesday night.

And it’s safe to say that the music-filled night gave country fans their solution with some famous names taking the stage at Nissan Stadium in downtown Nashville.

The special was filmed during the star-studded, four-day festival, which ran from June 9 to June 12.

And the event, which aired on UKTN and streamed on Hulu, featured many surprises and breathtaking performances that marked the festival’s 49th year.

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Hosted by first-time hosts Dierks Bentley and Elle King, the three-hour special featured more than 30 performances from the world’s top country music artists.

The evening kicked off with Kane Brown’s stunning rendition of his mega hit ‘I Love You Like I Like Country Music’.

His performance was followed by Bentley, who teamed up with Billy Ray Cyrus to sing the popular 1992 song “Achy Breaky Heart.”

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Kelsea Ballerini treated fans to two of her hit songs.
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During the night, the audience took a moment to pay tribute to Grammy-winning Country Music Naomi Judd, who passed away in April.

Her daughter Wynonna Judd then teamed up with Carly Pearce for a rendition of “Why Not Me”, then received a standing ovation in honor of Wynonna’s mother.

Kelsea Ballerini was another showstopper on the night, treating fans to not one, but two of her songs.

Luke Bryan played his 2015 hit "Kick the dust."
Luke Bryan performed his 2015 hit “Kick The Dust Up”.
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Rocking a guitar on stage, Ballerini performed “Heartfirst” as well as her latest hit single, “Half Of My Hometown.”

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Lainey Wilson also performed and sang “Never Say Never” with Cole Swindell. Swindell later performed his newly released song “She Had Me At Heads Carolina”.

Wynonna Judd honored her late mother Naomi on stage.
Wynonna Judd honored her late mother Naomi on stage.
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Luke Bryan was welcomed onstage by a crowd of screaming fans before performing his 2015 hit “Kick The Dust Up.”

Elsewhere, Grammy Award-winning singer Carrie Underwood performed two of her own songs, including “Ghost Story” and “Good Girl.”

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