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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles to Host ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Jennifer Nettles, Brad Paisley
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Just one day after November’s CMA Awards, country music’s biggest names will return to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena to tape ABC’s ‘CMA Country Christmas.’ The holiday themed television special features artists telling stories and singing their favorite Christmas songs. After positive reviews in 2010, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will once again host the event.

“I love holiday traditions and am so excited to add hosting ‘CMA Country Christmas’ to my new list of traditions now!” Nettles said in a press release. “I’m gonna have to up my game this second time around, so I’m putting Brad and Carrie on speed dial for hosting emergency consulting services!” Paisley and Underwood will be hosting the CMA Awards on Nov. 9, ad the Christmas special will tape on Nov. 10. ABC has not announced when they’ll air the 90-minute program.

Last year, stars like Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town and Darius Rucker were amongst the performers and stars of the special. Martina McBride shared holiday memories with two of her daughters. The girls admitted that the biggest debate each year is what color Christmas lights to put up.

Paisley joked that he enjoys having kids at Christmas because he can “go into a toy store and not feel like a weirdo.” Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus said he and his wife were hoping for the best gift of all in 2010, the healthy birth of their baby Madeline.

No artists have been confirmed for the 2011 telecast, but it’s sure to be packed full of yuletide memories.

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