On Dec. 10, country legend Reba McEntire hosted and performed for the "CMA Country Christmas" special on ABC that featured appearances by Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Tony Bennett and a host of other talented artists. Taped in September, McEntire performed the classic "Hard Candy Christmas" by another legend, Dolly Parton.
McEntire came out in a shimmery dress laced with fringe, looking and sounding as if she's never aged. McEntire performed the song stripped down to just a piano played by Catherine Marx and put her own somber feeling into the song. It's not the first time the songstress has sang the song, however. In 2016, she recorded her own version of the song for her holiday album My Kind of Christmas while also performing it at daughter-in-law Kelly Clarkson's charity event "Miracle on Broadway" that same year.
Dolly Parton originally recorded "Hard Candy Christmas" in 1982 for the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and became a top 10 hit for Parton in 1983, peaking at No. 8 on the country singles chart.
Watch Reba McEntire perform "Hard Candy Christmas" above.