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Jennifer Nettles Announces Lineup and Charity Component for This Year's CMA Country Christmas

Image courtesy of ABC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of ABC (via ABC News Radio)

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland returns as host of the CMA Country Christmas special again this year.  The show will tape November 3 in Nashville and air this holiday season on ABC.

Along with performances from Jennifer, the show lineup also includes Dierks Bentley , Lady Antebellum , Little Big Town , Martina McBride , Scotty McCreery , The Band Perry and Keith Urban .  Pop star Colbie Caillat , R&B singer John Legend and Welsh soprano Katherine Jenkins are also on the bill.

Fans attending the show taping are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for underprivileged children in the Nashville area this holiday season too.

Jennifer says, "It is such a joy to watch this holiday special grow -- in not only its talent roster, but moreover in its charitable celebration of the season."

Jennifer will also be very pregnant when the show tapes November.  She's expecting her first child later that month, so don't expect her to dance like she did on last year's CMA Country Christmas .

"It will be slower this year," Jennifer says with a laugh, "but you know what, it will be just as celebratory and just as fun for me."

Jennifer's also thinking about her on camera wardrobe for the show.

"You think, 'Alright, what am I going to be able to move in?'  What's going to look halfway flattering, you hope, especially on television."

If anything, this year's CMA Country Christmas will give Jennifer a chance to really document the time she was pregnant as part of a highly-produced TV special.

She says, "When else is the timing, who knows if it will ever coincide in the same way again, and I think that's obviously, personally, I'm saying that's very special."

We'll let you know once ABC announces an airdate for the CMA Country Christmas special.

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