Following her long awaited comeback on "The 45th
Annual CMA Awards," former CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Faith Hill
brought the crowd to its feet with an a cappella
rendition of "Little Drummer Boy" during the taping for "CMA Country Christmas." The two-hour special hosted by Jennifer Nettles
, airing Thursday, Dec. 1
(9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The holiday showcase features performances from "American Idol" runner up Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer with special guest Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill in a special duet with Miss Piggy.
"CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer. The special was shot in high definition and will be broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.