Bells will be ringing when Reba McEntire return as the host of the ninth-annual CMA Country Christmas television special this fall.

The country icon will also perform during the show, taking the stage alongside a stacked lineup of artists including Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, the Isaacs and Brett Young.

"I’ve always cherished celebrating Christmas alongside family and friends, taking time to reflect on the season,” McEntire says. "I’m so excited CMA invited me back to host their show and am looking forward to some fun singing carols with my friends."

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CMA Country Christmas is relocating in 2018. The show will be held — and taped — on Sept. 27 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. In previous years, the event was held at the Grand Ole Opry. Tickets for the 2018 show go on sale Aug. 27 at 10AM local time at

McEntire has been announced as the first recipient of the Career Maker Award, which she will be presented with at the 2018 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala later this year. During an Oct. 28 ceremony she'll be celebrated for her support of the Nashville songwriting community and for cutting several songs by Hall of Fame members and turning them into legendary hits. The "Fancy" singer's longtime devotion to Nashville songwriters has helped many of them achieve Hall of Fame status.

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