CMA Music Fest 2016: 30 Must-See Acts

From the big stadium headliners to newcomers on the Nashville riverfront

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Carrie Underwood
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Carrie Underwood

If there's a belle of the CMA ball, it's Carrie Underwood — going on 11 years now at the festival. No one commands the Nissan Stadium stage like this unparalleled vocalist and her enviable, prancing legs, whether she's hitting impossibly high notes on a ballad or getting in a workout during one of her sassy uptempos. CMA Fest tends to reveal some tricks up Underwood's sleeve, too. In the past, she's surprised the sold-out audiences with guest appearances by Miranda Lambert and Brad Paisley, along with a killer cover of Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City" a few years ago. Here's to hoping her inner Eighties rock god comes out again this year. Friday, Nissan Stadium

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