Reba McEntire was front and center for ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas” this year. The country legend hosted the star-studded night of holiday music.
The show recently taped in Nashville but aired on Monday night on ABC. McEntire took over hosting duties, following in the footsteps of Jennifer Nettles. The show happens annually at the historic Grand Ole Opry and, this year, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum and Kelsea Ballerini made appearances. Everyone impressed with classics like “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bells and “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
McEntire started the night in a green fringe dress (of course the Queen of Country had costume changes) telling the audience, “I’m so happy to be here with all of y’all tonight because I know you love Christmas as much as I do.”
Brett Eldredge was a highlight of “CMA Country Christmas.” He sang a couple of songs but most impressive was his version of “Winter Wonderland.” His voice was meant for classic Christmas songs such as this one; it’s even featured on his holiday album, Glow.
On the other end of the spectrum was Trisha Yearwood. The country legend took the stage looking stunning in a tight holiday ensemble. She performed “Santa Baby,” making the holidays a little sexier.
Lady Antebellum and Dan and Shay impressed with impeccable harmonies during the show. Lady A performed a beautiful rendition of “Silver Bells,” and Dan and Shay blew us away with “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Little Big Town kept the holiday harmonies going with “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Although they sounded amazing, it was hard to take our eyes off of Kimberly Schlapman’s long red gown.
During the two-hour show, the artists opened up to McEntire about their holiday plans and favorite gifts. Dustin Lynch told the legend that he was looking forward to doing nothing with his family this Christmas. He also recalled his favorite gift — a dirtbike. Before he could ride it, his sister took off and ran straight into a fence. He laughed while reminiscing about the family memory.
Another legend performed during “CMA Country Christmas.” The crowd was enthusiastic to see Alan Jackson take the stage with Chris Young. Together they performed a lesser known holiday song, “There’s a New Kid in Town.” (If you’re not familiar with the song, check out Keith Whitley’s version.)
After telling McEntire that his kids would be tearing his house up on Christmas, Luke Bryan admitted he doesn’t online shop for the holidays. “There’s no cheatin’ in Christmas shopping.” He smiled and then took the stage for, “O Holy Night.” A lot of people doubt Bryan’s vocal abilities but this song proved he’s got chops.
McEntire’s medley and Jackson’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” were some other unforgettable moments during this year’s event. It was the perfect kickoff to the holiday season.
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