Country Music star Reba McEntire will host the 2017 CMA Country Christmas at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, according to a Sept. 14 announcement from ABC. The holiday special will air on Nov. 27 on ABC Television Network.
CMA Country Christmas is a popular event that brings some of the biggest stars in country music to celebrate the holidays. The show will be filmed at the Grand Ole Opry House on Nov. 14. Tickets for the taping will go on sale on Oct. 6 at Opry.com. The names of the artists who will perform on the special will be released in the future.
Reba will be taking over the hosting duties from Jennifer Nettles, who has hosted the event for the past seven years, according to People Country. The 62-year-old is an experienced show host, as she co-hosted the ACM Awards for a record 17 times.
The singer plans to make the on-stage atmosphere “as personal and friendly” as she can, to set the tone for an event that is not overly formal.
The star loves Christmas and celebrating with friends and family, although her family changed when she divorced in 2015. “One thing that hasn’t changed, “is celebrating Jesus’ birthday…That’s the A-number-one tradition,” according to People Country.
Reba has released three holiday albums. Her third holiday album, My Kind of Christmas, was a Cracker Barrell exclusive last year but this year it will be a general release. Four new tracks are being added, including collaborations with Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Darius Rucker. She has also re-recorded “Back To God” as a duet with Christian artist Lauren Daigle.