Cable network TNT’s annual holiday special, Christmas in Washington, will feature host Hugh Jackman and an array of musical performers including Janelle Monáe, Sheryl Crow, Backstreet Boys, Anna Kendrick and Pat Monahan. NBA Hall of Famer and host of the network’s Inside the NBA Charles Barkley will also make an appearance.
The annual program, now in its 32nd year, will be filmed at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on December 15th. Its organizers plan to raise money for the Children’s National Medical Center. Notable attendees scheduled to appear include President Obama and the First Lady and other “Washington VIPs,” according to organizers. The show will premiere on December 20th at 8 p.m. EST.
Last year’s program, which Conan O’Brien hosted, featured performances by Diana Ross, Smash actress Megan Hilty, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery and Psy. The Korean pop star, who, of course, performed “Gangnam Style,” dressed in red pants and a sparkly sweater. He opened the song by crooning a few lines from “The Christmas Song.” His performance, which was not acknowledged by President Obama in his closing remarks, came following Psy’s apology for making anti-American remarks in previous years.
Earlier TNT holiday specials have featured performances by Justin Bieber, Cee Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli, Annie Lennox, Neil Diamond and many more. Past hosts have included Ellen DeGeneres, George Lopez and Dr. Phil and his wife Robin.