Watch Kelsea Ballerini Perform “Santa Baby” at “CMA Country Christmas”

Watch Kelsea Ballerini Perform “Santa Baby” at “CMA Country Christmas”

Thomas Rhett and wife Lauren Akins co-hosted the 11th annual CMA Country Christmas TV special on ABC on Nov. 30.

This year’s lineup featured Thomas Rhett, Dan + Shay, Gabby Barrett, Lady A, Tim McGraw, Florida Georgia Line, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town, and Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling.

Kelsea performed “Santa Baby,” which was penned by Joan Javits and Philip Springer. Originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri Rene and His Orchestra in 1953, the holiday standard has been covered by Macy Gray, LeAnn Rimes, Kellie Pickler and more.

Watch Kelsea’s performance below.

Check out this year’s lineup and set list below.

  • Kelsea Ballerini: “Santa Baby”
  • Gabby Barrett: “The First Noel”
  • Lady A: “Wonderful Christmastime” and “Little Saint Nick”
  • Little Big Town: “Christmas Time Is Here”
  • Tim McGraw: “It Wasn’t His Child”
  • Darius Rucker with Lindsey Stirling: “What Child Is This?”
  • Dan + Shay: “Christmas Isn’t Christmas”
  • Florida Georgia Line: “Lit This Year”
  • Thomas Rhett: “Christmas in the Country”

photo by Tammie Arroyo,


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