With Thanksgiving safely behind us, it’s time to look forward to Christmas: Bring on the gift guides and Christmas movies! Another tried and true part of the Christmas machine is music specials that are geared toward celebrating the holiday, and the CMAs do not disappoint with their own CMA Country Christmas special, that airs tonight at 8/7 central on ABC. In advance of that airing, here’s a couple of the standout moments that Uproxx was tipped off to watch for tonight.
Jennifer Nettles, Host Extraordinaire
Jennifer Nettles, who you might know as the twangy, lush voice behind Sugarland, is doing double duty this Christmas season. Aside from reprising her role as Dolly Parton’s mother in the upcoming holiday film Christmas Of Many Colors — a follow-up to the incredibly successful original Coat Of Many Colors, based off Parton’s song of the same name — Nettles also signed on to host the CMA Christmas special this year. In one of the night’s highlights, she’s joined by Broadway star Idina Menzel to duet on “Little Drummer Boy.”