Jennifer Nettles, the bubbly blonde lead singer of Sugarland, hosted the 2011 CMA Country Christmas. She was a great emcee, especially when she kicked off the festivities with the Mariah Carey hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Mariah will always have the definitive version, but Jennifer’s country version was delightful. Video is below, though we’ll sub in better video when we have it.

In her pre-show interview above, Nettles says, “The good thing about Christmas is there are songs that are wild and campy and outrageous, that lend themselves to costumes and dancers, all the way to tranditional songs tha tare more somber and beautiful and backed by an orchestra. You will get the whole spectrum of musical entertainment, must like the old-school variety shows.”

Definitely, Jennifer.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."