Sprinkle your favorite country starts into the most magical, wonderful time of year, and what do you get? The CMA Country Christmas special! Broadcast on ABC, this Christmas spectacular has an incredible lineup and a very special host.
This year’s CMA Country Christmas lineup is outstanding.
First of all, Reba McEntire is hosting for the first time! McEntire replaces Jennifer Nettles, who hosted the last seven years. Reba remarked that she knows “it will be hard to fill her shoes.” However, it’s unlikely to be an issue. McEntire is a veteran host of other shows, including a record 17 times for the ACM Awards.
In addition to McEntire, a host of country artists will take the stage. Luke Bryan and Alan Jackson are performing. Joining them are Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Trisha Yearwood, and Chris Young. Brett Eldridge, CB30, CeCe Winans, and Dustin Lynch will also take part.
Additionally, collaborations with Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, and Amy Grant will take place. Grant has re-recorded “Back To God” as a duet with Christian artist Lauren Daigle. And something to really look forward to: McEntire’s amazing trio with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood on “Silent Night,” which also appears on Clarkson’s Christmas album.
In addition to the new host, the show will also have a new feel.
CMA Country Christmas will consist of artists performing holiday songs, but also sharing Christmas stories and memories.
In the press release, CMA said that “the show will have a new look and feel this year.” This includes the show feeling less formal. In interviews, McEntire said that she wants the atmosphere “as personal and as friendly and comfortable” as she can.
She also said she wants to set the tone for “it not to be such a formal event, but just a friendly ‘sit down, let’s sing, let’s talk a little bit, and then sing another song’ – and with lots of heartfelt emotion.”
Christmas is a special time of year. What better way to kick off the season than with your favorite country stars performing your favorite holiday songs!
ABC will broadcast the show on November 27 at 8/7 Central.