CMA is planning a big-name Christmas concert which will be taped for television the night after the CMA Awards. Joined by some of their family members, Sheryl Crow, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Reba, LeAnn Rimes, Darius Rucker, and Sugarland will perform and share their favorite holiday traditions.
CMA Country Christmas will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The special will air Monday, Nov. 29 (9:30-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director and David Wild is the writer.
The CMA Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC, and it has just been announced that Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert will salute Loretta Lynn’s 50 years in the music business by performing her signature song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” on the show. In 1972, Lynn became the first woman to be voted CMA Entertainer of the Year.
Previously announced CMA Awards performers include Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Reba, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and the pairing of Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host and perform.
Official CMA Awards merch is available at CMAawards.com, including the CMA Awards Vault book. Written by Deborah Evans Price, it has a foreword by Kenny Chesney, an afterword by Barbara Mandrell and an archive of artist interviews, never-before-seen photographs and memorabilia.