Jennifer Nettles Returns to Host 2016 CMA Country Christmas Event
Jennifer Nettles will once again ring in the holiday season as the host of CMA Country Christmas. The singer will reprise her role for the seventh time in 2016. The TV special will air on ABC on Nov. 28, with the taping taking place Nov. 8 in front of a live audience at the Grand Ole Opry.
The special brings together a variety of country artists dressed in their most festive looks to sing Christmas tunes and get everyone in the holiday spirit. CMA Country Christmas 2015 included performances from Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Charles Kelley, Mickey Guyton and many more.
“The taping of CMA Country Christmas has become a treasured holiday tradition for Nashville families,” Sarah Trahern, the CEO of the Country Music Association, says in a press release. “And watching CMA Country Christmas on ABC is equally important as generations gather to celebrate the season.”
Those who attend the taping and are encouraged to bring an new, unwrapped toy, which will be distributed to children in need in Middle Tennessee.
Nettles is giving fans a double dose of cheer this year with an upcoming Christmas album, To Celebrate Christmas, due out Oct. 28. The record features 10 of her holiday favorites and is slated to include a few unique duets and collaborations. She’s also returning to the small screen soon in her role as Dolly Parton’s mother, Avie Lee, in Parton’s second TV movie about her life, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love. The film will air Nov. 30 on NBC.