Wednesday, October 22, 2014
– "CMA Country Christmas," a two-hour special hosted for the fifth year by Jennifer Nettles, will be taped in Nashville at Bridgestone Arena with the likes of Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler helping out.
The show airs on Monday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
The special, which tapes in front of a live audience Friday, Nov. 7 also includes previously announced acts Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Nettles, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood.
For the third year, audience members are being encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville area children. "Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry, and this city," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
The Nashville-based, non-profit group Generosity will have volunteers on site at the Bridgestone Arena plaza with specially marked bins to collect toys on Nov. 7. In 2013, the group collected more than 5,000 toys.