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Country Music queen Reba McEntire will debut as host for the eighth annual CMA Country Christmas event from Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry House.

The popular holiday special is slated to air on the ABC Television network on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23 8|7c.

"Christmas is such a special time. It reminds me of growing up in Oklahoma and singing carols with my family," said McEntire. "I'm just tickled to join a group of some of my best Country buddies onstage to celebrate the holiday season. This is where my love of music began."

"Reba epitomizes country and the cheer of the holiday season," said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. "She's also the most nominated female in CMA Awards history, so the fit couldn't be more perfect."

Tickets for the November 14 taping of "CMA Country Christmas" go on sale Friday, October 6, at Opry.com. Artist performer lineup to be announced soon.

Multi-media entertainment mogul and mom Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that spans across music, television, film, theater and retail. Reba has achieved a rare pinnacle with 35 No. 1 singles and over 56 million albums sold worldwide. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member has won 15 American Music Awards, nine People's Choice Awards, seven CMA Awards and two Grammy Awards, the first-ever American Country Countdown NASH Icon Award and a National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. The Oklahoma native is an acclaimed actress with 11 movie credits, lead role on Broadway in Annie Get Your Gun and star of the six-season sitcom "Reba." Her partnership with Dillard's has expanded into a successful the lifestyle brand for the last decade. The longest-running country act in The Colosseum's history, "REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas" is in its third year at Caesars. For more about Reba, visit her official website at Reba.com.

"My Kind of Christmas" Track List:

1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
3. Mary, Did You Know? (with Vince Gill and Amy Grant)
4. Jingle Bell Rock 5. O Holy Night 6. Hard Candy Christmas
7. Back To God (with Lauren Daigle) (Acoustic Version)
8. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (with Darius Rucker)
11. White Christmas
12. Jingle Bells
13. I'll Be Home For Christmas
14. Silent Night (with Kelly Clarkson and Trisha Yearwood)

For updates and information visit CMAchristmas.com or follow us on Twitter @Countrymusic.

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