Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix sing “Grown-Up Christmas List” for NBC’s TV special, “Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night” to celebrate the holiday season.
Showcasing the Grammy-winning acappella group along with special guests, the show aired on December 10, 2018. For their third holiday special on the network, Pentatonix took the stage against the backdrop of Las Vegas, making stops along the iconic Strip, including Caesars Palace and the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas.
The lineup of guests featured Kelly Clarkson, the original American Idol winner and a triumphant coach on past seasons of NBC’s The Voice. Additionally, performances were delivered by the Backstreet Boys, singer/songwriter Maren Morris, illusionists Penn & Teller, and many more.
About The Show
“Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night” was a captivating holiday television special that showcased the immense talent of the three-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum-selling group, Pentatonix. Aired by NBC, this festive extravaganza featured the acappella sensation performing with various special guests in the music and entertainment industry. The show was a jubilant celebration of the holiday season, combining Pentatonix’s harmonious brilliance with the allure of Las Vegas, creating a musical spectacle that resonated with fans and spread joy to audiences worldwide.
Story Behind “Grown-Up Christmas List”
Pentatonix’s “Grown-Up Christmas List” with Kelly Clarkson is a heartfelt wish for a better world during the holidays. The song aims to resonate with each listener, as it reflects on growing up as an innocent kid to realizing just how imperfect the world truly is. The lyrics map out one’s journey from childhood to the harsh realities of adulthood, symbolized by the “grown-up Christmas list.”
The song expresses hopes for a world free from suffering and conflict, emphasizing universal friendship and the triumph of love. The bridge suggests rediscovering the purity of childhood beliefs to create positive change. The chorus reinforces the desire for an end to suffering, highlighting the importance of love and friendship not just during Christmas but throughout life.
“Grown-Up Christmas List” is off of Pentatonix’s album Christmas Is Here! (This project was the group’s seventh studio album and fourth holiday album.)