CMA Music Fest 2022: CMT Set to Participate in Kittenish Fashion Show, Women In Country and LGBTQ+ Event

by Tiffany Goldstein

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Country music fans will flock to Nashville to experience the CMA Fest in just days. After a two-year hiatus due to the global health crisis, country music‘s biggest festival will make its triumphant return to Music City, and CMT is joining the party.

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The star-studded festivities will begin June 9 and run until June 12. Saddle up ticket holders, because the honky tonk weekend will kick off early with America’s first inclusive LGBTQ+ event at a country music festival. Country Pride, presented by RNBW Collective will be held at Assembly Food Hall in the heart of downtown on June 9 from 7-10 p.m.

RNBW Collective is Nashville’s first and largest queer music organization. The main association has teamed up with The Nash News to present “Country Proud” in honor of Pride Month. In partnership with CMA and CMT, the historic acoustic jam will be an “in-the-round” style show. The colorful three-hour occasion will feature leading artists within the LGBTQ+ community.

Musicians such as Shelly Fairchild, Jessica Rose, Kentucky Gentleman, Chris Housman, Breann Young, Zoe Cummins, Steff Mehan, Lila Mccann, Gina Venier, Kristen Merlin, Sonia Leigh and Harper Grae are set to perform. CMT’s Cody Alan will make a big appearance alongside Apple Radio’s Hunter Kelly. Viewers will also receive surprise performances from allies and friends in the country’s space.

Concert and Conversation: CMT’s Next Women of the Country

The fierce women of CMT’s Next Women of Country of 2022 class will perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame on June 10 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. CMT executive Leslie Fram will moderate and lead a discussion featuring the artists involved in the Women of Country campaign. The initiative celebrates the work of rising women in the genre. Rising stars Priscilla Block, Ashland Craft, Miko Marks, Lily Rose and Hailey Whitters are set to perform material from their impressive repertoire.

Due to limited seating at the CMA Theater, CMT encourages fans to purchase tickets in advance. The unmissable event is free for Museum members. Non-members must purchase admission here.

Jessie James Decker’s Kittenish Fashion Show

Jessie James Decker, country music woman and founder of retail brand Kittenish, will host a fashion show in partnership with CMT. At 4 p.m. on June 9, former members of CMT Next Women of country will help introduce Decker’s clothing line. The event will feature female country duo Maddie & Tae, multi-platinum recording artist RaeLynn, Breakout stars Lindsay Ell, Callista Clark, Laci Kaye Booth, Sacha, Alyssa Bonagura and Julia Cole.

The ground-breaking event will be held on the CMA Close Up Stage at the Music City Center. The “Should Have Known Better” singer will also sit down with CMT’s Leslie Fram for an in-depth interview. The highly respected line launched in 2014 as a collaborative collection and sold out immediately. Following positive acclaim, the hitmaker has taken creative control of contemporary e-commerce. It wasn’t until 2019 that Decker opened its first physical store in Nashville.

In addition to CMT events, notable names from the country community will perform on multiple stages across Music City. Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Russell Dickerson, Alan Jackson, Lady A, Carly Pearce, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker and more will perform at Nissan Stadium. Several musicians will also dominate the Chevy Riverfront Stage, the Dr. Pepper Am Stage at Ascend Park, the Chevy Vibes Stage at Walk of Fame Park and the Maui Jim Reverb Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza.

“We’ve been waiting two years to welcome country music fans from coast to coast and from all corners of the world,” says CMA CEO Sarah Trahern. “We look forward to bringing the Country community together.”

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