CMA announces fall TV specials

ABC has set airdates for In The Spotlight with Robin Robins and CMA Country Christmas

In celebration of The 52nd Annual CMA Awards, Country Music’s Biggest Night, ABC is set to air its 10th annual pre-CMA Awards Special, Country Music’s Biggest Stars: In the Spotlight with Robin Roberts, Sunday, November 11th from 10-11 pm ET/PT on The ABC Television Network.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the special features new interviews and updates from the numerous country music stars who have opened their lives and homes for Roberts throughout the years.

Debuting in 2009, the specials have featured candid interviews, notable performances and intimate moments that created a decade of Country Music memories. From Roberts traveling to sold-out stadiums with Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney, to bringing viewers a rare look into the life and career of CMA Awards winner Luke Bryan, to riding horses with Tim McGraw, and visiting the hometown of Carrie Underwood, the specials have become a television destination for music fans around the world.

The 52nd Annual CMA Awards is hosted for the 11th consecutive year by Brad Paisley and Underwood and features performances from Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley with Brothers Osborne, Bryan, Chesney, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line with Bebe Rexha, Kacey Musgraves, Old Dominion, Pistol Annies, Thomas Rhett, Underwood and Keith Urban, airing live from Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, November 14th at 8 pm ET/PT on The ABC Television Network. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.

The ninth-annual CMA Country Christmas will air Monday, December 10th at 8 pm ET/PT on the ABC Television Network. Iconic entertainer Reba McEntire, who returns as host for a second year, will also perform during the holiday music special. Joining Reba are legendary acts and country favorites including Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs and Brett Young, taking the stage for a night filled with Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind collaborations.

CMA has partnered with Balsam Hill, beautifully realistic Christmas trees and décor, to decorate the CMA Country Christmas stage again this year.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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