But this year, McEntire stepped back and a new host took the reins of the country holiday program. That new host was none other than Trisha Yearwood.
The CMA announced Yearwood’s involvement in the special in September, which was when the whole thing was taped. However, it didn’t air until months later, on December 3.
That’s when country fans finally got the chance to see Yearwood in her new role as the host of the special.
Yearwood performed multiple times throughout the program. She delivered a couple of solo performances and also teamed up with the other artists on more than one occasion.
But when she opened the program earlier in the night, Yearwood did the whole thing on her own.
The three-time Grammy-winner delivered a medley containing three beloved Christmas songs: “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Winter Wonderland.”
You can’t find the full performance of the medley online, but the CMA did upload a short clip of it to its official Instagram. The clip shows a snippet of Yearwood singing “Winter Wonderland.”
Dancers wearing glittery suits performed behind Yearwood while she sang a bluesy rendition of the classic Christmas tune. The stage was adorned with tall, twinkling Christmas trees, with lights that flashed to the tune of the song.
Yearwood also had the support of a talented band behind her, who made the song all the more fun to listen to.
There may not be a full version of Yearwood’s “Winter Wonderland” performance online, but you can find other videos of her singing Christmas songs in the past.
Enjoy one of our favorite holiday performances of hers below. It shows her singing “Blue Christmas” while visiting Elvis‘ Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee in 2018.
As much as Yearwood loves Christmas, it makes perfect sense why she was chosen to host CMA Country Christmas this year!