Bridgestone Arena hosts CMA Country Christmas Friday night - WKRN News 2

Bridgestone Arena hosts CMA Country Christmas Friday night

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Little Big Town performing at CMA's Country Christmas concert last year. Little Big Town performing at CMA's Country Christmas concert last year.
R&B queen Mary J. Blige will perform Friday night. R&B queen Mary J. Blige will perform Friday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Christmas is next month, but country stars are already getting into the holiday spirit.

CMA's annual Country Christmas concert, hosted by Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles, will be taped at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville Friday night.

Nettles will be among many artists performing at the show in front of a live audience.  Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan and Sheryl Crow are set to take the stage.

Even R&B queen Mary J. Blige will perform.

"Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  It's extremely important to me because there is just so much more love in the air, like it should be all year, and for kids, it is important," Blige told Nashville's News 2.

She continued, "When I was a kid, it was super important to me, it was like the happiest time of the year and it made me super excited, so I'm super excited to be able to be part of this right here because it's going to bring some child at home who is a fan joy."

The stars will perform Christmas classics and share their holiday memories.

For the second year in a row, attendees are being asked to bring new, unwrapped toys to the taping.

The toys will be donated to homeless families this holiday season by the Nashville-based non-profit Generosity, who will be outside of the arena with collection bins.

In 2012, the organization collected more than 5,000 toys.

Donations will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m.  Anyone can drop toys off, not just ticket-holders.

CMA Country Christmas will air December 2 at 8 p.m. on News 2.

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