The concert, filmed weeks prior to its premiere, will be hosted by Jennifer Nettles for the seventh time and feature performances from some of the biggest names in the musical genre. Kelsea Ballerini, Kelly Clarkson, Brett Eldredge and more are slated to perform. Each artist will be singing a classic Christmas song and sharing holiday memories of their own with viewers.
Billboard reports that a number of the performances will be must-sees, giving rave reviews of Eldredge’s performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Ballerini’s rendition of “My Favorite Things” is also expected to receive high praise from viewers of Monday’s pre-taped concert.
Previews for the two-hour special suggest viewers can expect to see a few artists — including Nettles and Andra Day and Brad Paisley and Chris Young — teaming up for first-time duets. According to Billboard, Nettles and Day will be performing a rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” which is featured on the “Unlove You” singer’s first ever Christmas album. Nettles will take another break from hosting the “CMA Country Christmas” to perform alongside country music legends Trisha Yearwood and Loretta Lynn.
The “CMA Country Christmas” special was hosted at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. This year marks the second time organizers made the decision to return to the historic location. In 2014, the “CMA Country Christmas” concert was held at the Bridgestone Arena.
Country music lovers can catch “CMA Country Christmas” on ABC Monday at 8 p.m. EST.