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Reba to serve as host for CMA Country Christmas

Staff Reports • Updated Sep 17, 2017 at 1:00 PM

NASHVILLE – Iconic entertainer Reba McEntire will debut as host for the eighth annual CMA Country Christmas event Nov. 14 from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House. 

The two-hour holiday music celebration that will air Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. on ABC will feature performances by McEntire and a lineup of the best in country sharing their favorite sounds of the season.

“Christmas is such a special time. It reminds me of growing up in Oklahoma and singing carols with my family,” said McEntire. “I’m just tickled to join a group of some of my best country buddies onstage to celebrate the holiday season. This is where my love of music began.”

“Reba epitomizes country and the cheer of the holiday season,” said CMA chief executive officer Sarah Trahern. “She’s also the most nominated female in CMA Awards history, so the fit couldn’t be more perfect.” 

Tickets for the Nov. 14 taping of CMA Country Christmas will go on sale Oct. 6 at opry.com. The artist performer lineup will be announced at a later date. 

Leading into the holiday season, McEntire will release My Kind of Christmas on Oct. 13 on Nash Icon Records. The newly packaged album follows last year’s limited release and includes collaborations with Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Lauren Daigle, Darius Rucker, and Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood.

McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. She has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 No. 1 singles and more than 56 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member has won 15 American Music Awards, nine People’s Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards, the first-ever American Country Countdown NASH Icon Award and a National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.

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