On December 1, Michael W. Smith, Idina Menzel, Jennifer Nettles, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson and others ushered in the holiday cheer with the 2014 CMA Country Christmas TV special.
The evening's host, Jennifer Nettles, opened the show with 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,' closed it with her original song 'This Angel' and 'Jingle Bells' and offered up a stunning rendition of 'Let It Go,' from 'Frozen,' with Idina Menzel in between. While Nettles started out with a bit of "Do You Want to Build a Snowman?," Menzel knew what the crowd really wanted to hear. See for yourself below:
The two-hour special - which taped back in November, just after the 2014 CMA Awards - featured performances by a diverse lineup of stars, including Little Big Town ('I Pray on Christmas,' as well as 'Silent Night' with Michael W. Smith), Hunter Hayes ('Merry Christmas Baby'), Alan Jackson ('Winter Wonderland' and 'Let It Be Christmas') and Brad Paisley with Aerosmith's Steven Tyler ('Run Run Rudolph').
"After being the host of CMA Country Christmas for five years now, it is hard to pick one thing I love about it," Nettles says. "There are so many fun moments. Whether it is the performances or duets, getting to perform Christmas songs with such great artists is really fun for me. It's really a fun show all around."
Among the other performances were 'Nashville' actress Clare Bowen, who offered up her own rendition of 'Santa Baby;' Lucy Hale; and Carrie Underwood, who made her CMA Country Christmas debut by singing 'All Is Well' with Michael W. Smith.