CMA threw a star-studded concert, "CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock", which aired on Monday night, August 12 on ABC. From young stars like Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood to veteran names in the business such as Blake Shelton and Keith Urban, all took the stage to support the pre-recorded event hosted by Little Big Town.
Making one of the most-anticipated performances was Swift, who sang "Red", a single off her latest album with the same title. Strumming her red guitar, she swayed her hair right and left to add a dramatic emphasis on the song's tune.
Earlier the night, she teamed up with Tim McGraw to perform their joint track "Highway Don't Care". Later toward the end of the performance, Keith Urban joined them on center stage to show off his guitar playing skill. Urban also took the stage solo when he delivered a rendition of "Little Bit of Everything".
Another teamed-up performance was brought by Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock who rocked out the venue with "We're an American Band". Blake Shelton catered the crowd with "Boys Round Here", while Carrie Underwood made the night merrier by performing "See You Again" and "Paradise City" in an all-white ensemble.
The "American Idol" alumna also made use of the occasion to announce that she and Brad Paisley would return to host the 47th Annual CMA Awards for the sixth consecutive time. The prize-giving show will take place Wednesday, November 6 the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville this year.
Also supporting the "CMA Music Festival" were such A-listers as Miranda Lambert, Kelly Clarkson, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley and Paisley.
Taylor Swift perform "Red":
Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban perform "Highway Don't Care":
Zac Brown Band and Kid Rock perform "We're an American Band":
Blake Shelton performs "Boys 'Round Here":
Carrie Underwood performs "See You Again":