Country Throwback: Shania Twain Covers Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’ in 1998

by Emily Morgan

In this holiday country throwback, we’re taking a peek back in time with a clip of Shania Twain singing Mariah Carey’s classic Christmas hit, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” 

In Dec. 1998, the female country music legend appeared on the NBC Today show as part of its weeklong Christmas music celebration. Before taking the stage, NBC anchor Katie Couric spoke with the 33-year-old about some of the tragedies the singer faced at a young age. 

Shania Twain’s Heartache Around the Holidays

When Shania Twain was 21-years-old, she lost both her parents in a devastating car accident. As a result, she was left to raise her three young siblings in Canada. 

“It’s always tough this time of year,” the singer explained. “They died just a month before Christmas, it’s been 11 years now, but it’s aways tough at Christmas time. Great cheer and all that kind of stuff helps.” 

Despite the tragedy, Twain has lived a life full of achievement. When Couric asked Twain about her success, Twain expressed nothing but gratitude.

“This has been the greatest year of my life so far.”

During her live performance, she put her signature country twang on the pop Christmas hit. Rocking black leather pants, a red sweater, and a cheery disposition viewers would have neve known the signer endured some much heartache at such a young age. As she sang, she sat cross-legged on a baby grand piano, proving she’s always creative when it comes to delivering a performance.

While we haven’t gotten our hands on a Shania Twain Christmas album yet, she teased us when she released the song, “Say All You Want for Christmas,” with Nick Jonas.

The 2017 holiday tune featured Twain’s familiar vocals and a memorable country-pop duet we’re still listening to in 2020. 

This wasn’t the first time the unique pair joined forces. Earlier in 2017, Jonas took the stage during Twain’s headlining set at the Stagecoach Festival. Together the two sang her iconic early 2000s anthem, “Party for Two.”