CMA Music Festival 2017: 26 Best Things We Saw

From Miranda Lambert's fiery main-stage return to Luke Combs' star-making turn

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Kelsea Ballerini
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Kelsea Ballerini

Like the most indomitable Disney princess in Nashville, Kelsea Ballerini was radiating joy to be a part of CMA Music Festival this year. In addition to co-hosting the event's August 16th ABC special with Thomas Rhett, Ballerini aced her performance slot at Nissan Stadium. Her short set of hits like "Dibs" and "Love Me Like You Mean It" was augmented with a couple of new songs – the soaring first single "Legends" and the subdued "I Hate Love Songs." And though a stadium isn't traditionally the best place to be busting out the big ballads, the 60,000 or so people who sang a final chorus of Ballerini's "Peter Pan" with her band at full power didn't seem to object. J.F.

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