Dan + Shay, Lady A, Tim McGraw Among 'CMA Country Christmas' Performers
By Blake Taylor
November 16, 2020
The 2020 CMA Country Christmas all-star lineup has been revealed! Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini, Lady A, Gabby Barrett, Tim McGraw , and Darius Rucker with violinist and singer-songwriter, Lindsey Stirling are all set to perform during the television special this year.
Thomas Rhett, who will be hosting the show with his wife, Lauren Akins, will also take the stage for a festive performance. The couple announced their co-hosting gig during an appearance on Good Morning America last Wednesday morning (November 11).
"We can't wait for you all to get to watch that and get into the holiday spirit with us," Rhett said.
“I feel like this year, everyone’s needed things to celebrate and look forward to and so it was like the second Halloween was over…I started decorating for Christmas," Akins added.
Paul Miller will direct this year's special, while Robert Deaton will serve as the executive producer and writer.
"The idea for this year's show was to do a throwback of the great Christmas specials of the 1960s and 1970s," Deaton said in a statement. "Andy Williams, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra all had classic Christmas specials where the viewer was invited into the homes of the host to celebrate the holiday like a best friend coming to visit. That was what we wanted to create for this year's show. Instead of a big flashy production, we took a page from those iconic specials to say, 'Come relax, and let's celebrate the holidays together.'"
CMA Country Christmas will air Monday, November 30 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.
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