Photos: CMA Fest Brings Lil Nas & Joan Jett

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CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium has been full of surprises for fans with special guests taking to the stage.

Friday night, Carrie Underwood closed out Nissan Stadium with an epic surprise guest, Joan Jett, performing a medley of Jett’s classic hits including “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” “Bad
Reputation,” “Crimson And Clover” “Fresh Start” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” which had the crowd rocking out to every word.

Underwood said it was a dream come true on Facebook, “Dreams come true at #CMAFest ! This was mine. Just to be in the same room as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts is really cool…to share the stage with her is indescribable! She truly is a legend and is probably the coolest person I have ever met. I was so proud to show her how amazing our CMA Fest crowd is! What a night!”

Earlier in the evening, Thomas Rhett brought out Jon Pardi to perform their new song “Beer Can’t Fix” from Thomas Rhett’s new album Center Point Road. Just days after breaking the Nissan Stadium attendance record, Eric Church performed a powerful solo acoustic set of his biggest hits.

Day 3 of CMA Fest brought even more surprise guests at Nissan Stadium – Billy Ray Cyrus, Lil Nas X and Keith Urban performed “Old Town Road.”

“Pure magic! Thank you CMA Fest! Keith Urban there is a reason that you are entertainer of the year. Loved havin you on “Old Town Road” with us! Lil Nas X CMA Country Music Association”  shared Cyrus on Facebook.

Urban also commented on the performance saying, “Nas’s t shirt says LOVE EVERYBODY …… I can’t think of a better caption than that right there!!! Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus – thank u for the invite- I loved playing with u both and hope we get to do it again!!!! – KU”

Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson presented Cyrus with a 2019 MNPD coin backstage at Nissan Stadium. The coin, which commemorates Metro Nashville’s new headquarters building and remembers the sacrifices made by their officers, bears Cyrus’ song “All Gave Some, Some Gave All.”

See photos from Nissan Stadium below.