‘CMA Country Christmas’ Lights Up the 2016 Holiday Season
Every year at Christmastime, the historic Grand Ole Opry transforms into a holiday wonderland for the annual CMA Country Christmas special. The 2016 taping was no exception — the Opry house was decked out in a stunning holiday display featuring gorgeous Christmas trees and twinkling lights as some of country's finest — like Brett Eldredge, Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Young, Brad Paisley and many more — sang classic holiday hits.
The elite country group was joined by some of music's other shining stars, like Frozen's Idina Menzel, Sarah McLachlan and young piano prodigy Joey Alexander, who also took the stage for the grand show.
The television airing of the special finds Jennifer Nettles assuming hosting duties for the seventh year in a row, in addition to taking the stage to perform alongside two of the night's special guests, Menzel and Andra Day. Other standout performances of the night? McLachlan, who sang a stunning version of "O Come All Ye Faithful," a chill-inducing a capella performance of "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" from Rascal Flatts, and The Voice winner Jordan Smith, who blew the audience away with an incredible take on the Grinch classic, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
In true Kacey Musgraves fashion, the singer added a unique twist when she brought the beach and Christmas cheer to the show with a rendition of Bing Crosby's Hawaiian-inspired "Mele Kalikimaka," which the country star sang while barefoot, looking like a gorgeous tinsel tree in her glistening silver dress, along with an original track off her new Christmas album, A Very Kacey Christmas.
Eldredge also came dressed to impress in a dapper blue suit when he took the stage for three holiday classics including his favorite "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "Oh Holy Night," the latter of which he sang in honor of his family, who were seated in the audience. One of the night's sweetest moments came with the announcement that Randy Travis and his wife Mary were sitting in the front row, prompting two standing ovations from the live crowd.
In addition, a collaboration between two of country music's legends, a stellar opening number, a magical snow-filled ending and a whole host of Christmas classics are just some of the moments you won't want to miss when CMA Country Christmas airs at 8PM ET on Nov. 28 on ABC.
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