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Top 10 Photos from the CMA Music Festival

Posted By Sarah Wyland On June 12, 2012 @ 4:54 PM In Country Music News | Comments Disabled

Country music fans from all over the country – and the world! – descended upon Nashville last week for the CMA Music Festival [1]. The four-day event (and the days leading up to it) gave fans up close and personal access to their favorite country stars, providing them with over 200 hours of music and countless meet-and-greet opportunities. In no particular order, here are 10 of our favorite photos from the week of the CMA Music Festival! Click on the image to see the full-size photo — and click HERE [2] to see all of our CMA Music Festival photos!

Dierks Bentley [3]

Dierks Bentley performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Sunday, June 10 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Dierks Bentley [4] took the stage at LP Field during the Nightly Concerts on Sunday, the final night of the festival. It was Dierks’ first performance since his father, Leon Bentley, passed away [5] on June 1.

Faith Hill [6]

Faith Hill performs at LP Field in Downtown Nashville on Saturday, June 9 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Faith Hill [7] returned to CMA Music Festival for the first time since 2008. She took the stage on Saturday night during the Nightly Concerts at LP Field and debuted some of the new music she’s been working on.

See More Photos From LP Field >> [8]

Luke Bryan [9]

Luke Bryan at The Lodge at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 10, 2012. Photo by Keely Marie Scott.

Luke Bryan [10] spent time signing autographs at The Lodge presented by GAC, HGTV, DIY and Travel Channel. The Lodge featured autograph signings, performances and more.

Kip Moore [11]

Kip Moore at The Lodge during CMA Music Festival in Nashville on June 8, 2012. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Kip Moore [12] was among the artists who performed on GAC’s Living Country Stage at The Lodge. Other performers included Love and Theft [13], Casey James [14] and Kix Brooks, among others.

See more photos from The Lodge >>  [15]

David Nail & Carrie Underwood [16]

NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Carrie Underwood (R) keeps her eyes on David Nail at second base during City of Hope’s 22nd annual Celebrity Softball Challenge during CMA Fest on June 9, 2012 in Nashville . (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for City of Hope)

One of the highlights of CMA Music Festival is always the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, pitting Blair Garner’s After Midnite Team against the Grand Ole Opry [17] Team. David Nail [18] and Carrie Underwood [19] faced off on second base just before David broke his finger. [20]

See more photos from the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge >> [21]

Martina McBride [22]

Martina McBride meets Michelle Brosso and Jenny Chew in the AT&T and Cisco Fan Fair Hall on Thursday, June 7 during the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Fans flocked to Fan Fair Hall for autograph sessions with some of their favorite stars. Martina McBride [23] signed for fans at her label’s booth and is rumored to have had one of the longest autograph lines of CMA Music Festival.

See more photos from Fan Fair Hall >> [24]

Jerrod Niemann [25]

Jerrod Niemann performs at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage on Thursday, June 7 at the 2012 CMA Music Festival in Downtown Nashville. Photo courtesy of the CMA.

Jerrod Niemann [26] was among the many artists who performed free, open to the public shows at the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage. The Friday and Saturday shows set attendance records.

See more photos from the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage >> [27]

Josh Turner [28]

Josh Turner at the 5th annual GAC Kick-off Breakfast on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Josh Turner [29] helped kick off CMA Music Festival with GAC’s Annual Kick-off Breakfast hosted by Storme Warren [30] at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum [31]. Thompson Square [32], Lauren Alaina [33] and Kip Moore were also on hand.

See more photos from GAC’s Kick-off Breakfast >> [34]

Rodney Atkins [35]

Rodney Atkins at the Second Annual “Music City Gives Back” benefit concert in conjunction with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau on June 5, 2012 in Nashville. Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Rodney Atkins [36] hosted and performed at the Second Annual Music City Gives Back benefit concert on June 5. Clint Black [37], Jana Kramer, The Farm and more were also on hand for the concert.

See more photos from the Second Annual Music City Gives Back concert >> [38]

Tim McGraw [39]

Tim McGraw at the Inaugural Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout on June 5, 2012 at the Nashville Gun Club, benefiting the Foundation and its efforts to improve the lives of military service members who have been affected by Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Photo by Sara Kauss Photography.

Tim McGraw [40] participated in the Inaugural Tug McGraw Foundation Celebrity Sporting Clay Shootout. Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert [41], Mike Fisher and many more celebrities were on hand for the competition.

See more photos from the Tug McGraw Sporting Clay Shootout >> [42]

Tell us — what were YOUR favorite moments from the CMA Music Festival? Even better, SHOW us by uploading your photos HERE [43]!

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[1] CMA Music Festival: http://www.gactv.com/cmafest

[2] HERE: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/gallery.esi?sortOrder=2

[3] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Dierks-Bentley-/detail.esi?oid=28637998

[4] Dierks Bentley: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_dierks_bentley

[5] passed away: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2012/06/02/dierks-bentleys-father-passes/#more-30505

[6] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/-Faith-Hill-/detail.esi?oid=28636311

[7] Faith Hill: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_faith_hill

[8] See More Photos From LP Field >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/LP-Field/sgallery.esi?sortOrder=2

[9] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Luke-Bryan/detail.esi?oid=28637392

[10] Luke Bryan: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_luke_bryan

[11] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Kip-Moore/detail.esi?oid=28635111

[12] Kip Moore: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_kip_moore

[13] Love and Theft: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_love_and_theft

[14] Casey James: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_artists_a-z/article/0,,GAC_26071_6048442,00.html

[15] See more photos from The Lodge >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/the-lodge/sgallery.esi?sortOrder=2

[16] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/David-Nail--Carrie-Underwood/detail.esi?oid=28636783

[17] Grand Ole Opry: http://www.opry.com

[18] David Nail: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_david_nail

[19] Carrie Underwood: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_carrie_underwood

[20] broke his finger.: http://blog.gactv.com/blog/2012/06/11/david-nail-breaks-finger-during-celebrity-softball-challenge/

[21] See more photos from the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Softball/sgallery.esi

[22] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Martina-McBride/detail.esi?oid=28633641

[23] Martina McBride: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_martina_mcbride

[24] See more photos from Fan Fair Hall >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Fan-Fair-Hall/sgallery.esi

[25] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Jerrod-Niemann/detail.esi?oid=28633604

[26] Jerrod Niemann: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_jerrod_niemann

[27] See more photos from the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage >>: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Riverfront/sgallery.esi

[28] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Josh-Turner/detail.esi?oid=28631933

[29] Josh Turner: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_josh_turner

[30] Storme Warren: http://www.gactv.com/gac/about_us/article/0,,GAC_26085_4727748,00.html

[31] Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum: http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org

[32] Thompson Square: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_thompson_square

[33] Lauren Alaina: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_lauren_alaina

[34] See more photos from GAC’s Kick-off Breakfast >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Breakfast/sgallery.esi

[35] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Rodney-Atkins/detail.esi?oid=28631763

[36] Rodney Atkins: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_rodney_atkins

[37] Clint Black: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_clint_black

[38] See more photos from the Second Annual Music City Gives Back concert >> : http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Music-City-Gives-Back/sgallery.esi

[39] Image: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Tim-McGraw/detail.esi?oid=28631014

[40] Tim McGraw: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_tim_mcgraw

[41] Brantley Gilbert: http://www.gactv.com/gac/ar_az_brantley_gilbert

[42] See more photos from the Tug McGraw Sporting Clay Shootout >>: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-photos/2012/Tug-McGraw/sgallery.esi

[43] HERE: http://my.gactv.com/cma-music-festival-fan-photos/multigallery.esi

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