CMA Country Christmas, the annual holiday music special presented by the Country Music Association, premieres tonight, and assembles some of the genre’s best voices. Hosted for a sixth time by Jennifer Nettles, the concert features performances by Darius Rucker, Charles Kelley, Jewel, Mickey Guyton, David Nail, Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge, among others. LeAnn Rimes sings John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” while Martina McBride duets with Michael W. Smith on “What Child Is This.”
Kelsea Ballerini also performs, turning in a dazzling “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” But that’s not the extent of the “Dibs” singer’s Yuletide engagements. Tonight, she’ll sing live at the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse at President’s Park at the White House. President Obama and the First Lady are expected to be in attendance. That performance will air on PBS throughout December.
CMA Country Christmas, taped at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, airs on ABC at 9:00 p.m./ET.