Wynonna is set to host NBC’s Christmas at the Opry holiday special airing on Dec. 7, and receive the People’s Choice Country Awards honor of Country Champion at the inaugural awards ceremony airing live on Sept. 28.
The People’s Choice Country Awards and Christmas at the Opry, both originating at the Opry, will air on NBC, and be available to stream the next day on Peacock.
“Wynonna is one of the most recognized and lauded performers in country music,” says Cassandra Tryon, Senior Vice President, Live Events, NBCUniversal Entertainment. “Not only is she incredibly talented, her selflessness and passion for putting the needs of others in the spotlight is unmatched. We can’t think of a better person to honor as our inaugural Country Champion and to celebrate the holidays with across these two major country music events.”
As the first Country Champion Award recipient, Wynonna will be celebrated for her decades-long career and heroic efforts around philanthropy and activism. She has consistently used her public platform to create meaningful change and advocate for children, military veterans and their families, disaster relief and more through her work with numerous organizations including the Wounded Warrior Project and Habitat for Humanity.
Wynonna will join previously announced People’s Choice Country Awards honoree Toby Keith, who will be presented with the Country Icon Award. The nominees for the inaugural show were also announced recently.
Featuring some of the best voices in country music, the festive two-hour special Christmas at the Opry will treat viewers to an array of Christmas favorites, holiday classics and today’s biggest hits. Wynonna will host the highly anticipated musical event featuring performances in front of a live audience of country music fans. The performer lineup will be announced at a later date.
Christmas at the Opry is executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic, Evan Prager and Barb Bialkowski for Den of Thieves along with RAC Clark and Jen Jones. People’s Choice Country Awards is produced by Den of Thieves with Ignjatovic, Prager and Bialkowski serving as executive producers, along with Clark as executive producer and showrunner. These projects are an example of collaboration resulting from NBCUniversal’s equity investment in Opry Entertainment Group alongside Atairos, which was finalized last year.
A limited number of show tickets and VIP packages for the People’s Choice Country Awards on Sept. 28 as well as tickets for the Oct. 3 taping of Christmas at the Opry are on sale now at Opry.com.
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