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More Performers Announced for CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party

Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae, Thomas Rhett Join the Special Concert Event

Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae and Thomas Rhett have joined the star-studded lineup of CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Airing live on Jan. 9 at 9 p.m. ET from Dallas, the 90-minute concert special is the official kickoff entertainment event at the national playoff weekend.

In an announcement made Wednesday (Dec. 17), the three acts were confirmed to join previously announced performers Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge.

Bringing fans a unique pairing of country music and college football, the special can only be seen on CMT.

This is the first year of the College Football Playoffs, with the Top 4 teams in the nation set to square off on Jan. 1. A specially-formed selection committee has named those teams as (1) Alabama, (2) Oregon, (3) Florida State and (4) Ohio State.

Following the playoffs, the inaugural College Football Playoff National Championship is scheduled for Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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