^The music and traditions of the vacations are center stage for “CMA Country Christmas,” a two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles airing Monday, Dec. 2 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) at the ABC Television Network.
The special is a party of the season featuring Country’s top stars and non-format favorites performing holiday songs and sharing their personal holiday traditions and memories. The special tapes in front of a live audience Friday (7:00 PM/CT) on the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
Joining the previously announced star-packed lineup of performers is Mary J. Blige, Lady Antebellum, and beloved Peanuts characters Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus van Pelt, and Snoopy.
Performers already announced include Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Lucy Hale, Nettles, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie Robertson, and Michael W. Smith.
“The lineup for this year’s special keeps recovering with the addition of Mary J. Blige and woman A,” said CMA Board President Ed Hardy. “And the icing in this Christmas cookie is the Peanuts gang. Discuss two great holiday traditions coming together to celebrate the season.”
For the second one year, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to assist make the vacations brighter for Nashville area children. The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity could have volunteers on site with specially marked bins to gather the toys, so as to be distributed to homeless families this holiday season. In 2012, the gang collected greater than 5,000 toys.
Volunteers from Generosity will start accepting toys Friday at 1:00 PM/CT on the Bridgestone Arena Plaza (corner of Fifth Avenue and Demonbreun). You don't have to have a ticket to the show to drop off a toy.
For updates and data visit CMAchristmas.com.
“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the rustic Music Association. Robert Deaton is the manager Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the author. The special can be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
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