CMA Christmas Lineup Revealed: Tim McGraw, Dan+Shay, More Set To Perform

by Jon D. B.

Ready for 2020’s CMA Country Christmas? The Country Music Association has just announced its full performance lineup – and it’s one you won’t want to miss!

This year’s CMA Country Christmas has another all-star lineup. Announcing the performers today, the Country Music Association has made the full list available to fans. This year, host Thomas Rhett will perform, alongside Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Little Big Town, Kelsea Ballerini and Tim McGraw.

In addition, Darius Rucker and Lindsey Sterling will hit the stage for a duet performance. Lady A is also performing, with Hillary Scott particularly excited for it.

“It can’t get here fast enough,” she says of the show. “But at the same time, I want it to last forever, because it’s the most enjoyable part of the year.” We’re right there with you, Miss Hillary. 2020 has been a troubling year – and we all need a lot more Country Christmas right now.

One of the major challenges of this year for the music industry has been an almost total lack of audiences. “Obviously, not having a live audience, and all the precautions everyone’s taking to make sure we’re all safe,” Scott adds.

She is, however, happy to have Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins’ hosting the event. “It’s gonna have a family vibe,” she says. “I feel like the holidays are always so much about family. Having the two of them hosting the night will just be really special.”

The CMA Country Christmas Performers for 2020

Of all the performers, Gabby Barrett may be most excited. “I’ve watched it the past couple of years, so now to be flip-flopped … to be the person performing it on television, it’s really exciting,” she reveals. There’s no doubt it has to be thrilling for her to appear on the same roster as Tim McGraw and Lady A:

  • Kelsea Ballerini
  • Gabby Barrett
  • Dan + Shay
  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Lady A
  • Little Big Town
  • Tim McGraw
  • Thomas Rhett
  • Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling

Barrett says that the performances being filmed ahead of time didn’t throw her off, either. In fact, it might as well already be Christmas for her. Why?

“When you see the eggnog all stacked up …,” she says – then Christmas is a go. “I don’t like it, sadly. My husband loves it. I remember not liking it, even at a young age.”

“Come Relax, and Let’s Celebrate the Holidays Together”

As rough as 2020 has been, the show’s executive producer has a brilliant way to help. According to EP Robert Deaton, this CMA Country Christmas will be a throwback to the early days and have a retro, down-home feel.

“The idea for this year’s show was to do a throwback of the great Christmas specials of the 1960s and 1970s,” Deaton reveals. “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.’”

Honestly, to us – that sounds absolutely perfect.

The 11th annual CMA Country Christmas airs on November 30th at 9/8c.

[H/T Taste of Country]