The annual CMA Country Christmas has come and gone, but it left us with quite a few performances that we will no doubt be re-watching on YouTube this entire holiday season, and possibly after. Thanks to a 25-piece orchestra, and some very talented performers, Christmas music never sounded so good.
Artist: Reba McEntire. Photo: CMA Country Christmas Website
The evening began with a duet from two of country musics' most influential ladies, host Reba McEntire and superstar Kelsea Ballerini. The women dressed in color coordinated green and red outfits as they delivered to fans a classic cheery christmas tune, “Jingle Bells."
One of the most memorable, and moving, performances of the night came from Little Big Town featuring host Reba McEntire. “If you really don't mind, I would really like to become the fifth member," she joked, before joining the quartet in singing the room-silencing, “Mary, Did You Know?"
Alan Jackson and Chris Young also paired up during the seasonal special to sing Keith Whitley's classic, “There's a New Kid in Town," a track Young covered on his 2016 Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas. The same track also appears on Jackson's 1993 holiday record, so it's no wonder the two choose to sing it together.
Fans saw another side of party-performer Luke Bryan onstage as he delivered a dignified, still unmistakably country, rendition of “O Holy Night." Baritone boys Dustin Lynch and Brett Eldredge both reveled in the holiday spotlight, obviously enjoying themselves as they sang “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and “It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" respectively.
Other performers of the night included the legendary Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum and Dan + Shay. Despite the glamorous stage, costumes and orchestra, McEntire was the true star of the evening, doing an impressive job hosting while setting the tone for the entire special.
Artist: Little Big Town & Reba McEntire Photo: Mickey Bernal, FilmMagic
Check out some of the gorgeous, glitterly highlights, like the above photo, in our gallery!