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Kelly Clarkson to Present Holiday Special on NBC Featuring Ariana Grande, Leslie Odom Jr, and More

Kelly Clarkson to Present Holiday Special on NBC Featuring Ariana Grande, Leslie Odom Jr, and More

GRAMMY and Emmy Award-winning artist Kelly Clarkson is celebrating the release of her new holiday album, with the Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around holiday spectacular set to air on Wednesday, December 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC

The special will be filled with Clarkson’s new original songs as well as a curated list of iconic classics, dancing, superstar performances featuring My Band Y’All with a streamlined modern orchestra and remarkable duets. The stage at Universal Studios Hollywood will be designed to evoke timeless Christmas themes inspired by the power of song that change the viewers’ point of view – from fantastical worlds of being underneath the tree to a forest lit by the Northern Lights.  

Brett Eldredge, Ariana Grande, Jay Leno, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Odom Jr., Amy Poehler, and Santa Claus will join Clarkson and some special everyday heroes with life-changing surprises.   

Clarkson shared, “People celebrate the holidays in different ways and that is the inspiration behind the original songs and the curated classics that are featured in this special. No matter what your heart is feeling this holiday season, I hope that this hour brings you joy and happiness exactly where you are.”  

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The original music featured in the special is from “When Christmas Comes Around…,” Clarkson’s ninth studio album, available now via Atlantic Records. The 15-track collection sees Clarkson reunite with long-time collaborators Jason Halbert, Jesse Shatkin, and more for a mix of new original songs and Christmas classics. From the inspiring duet “Santa, Can’t You Hear Me,” featuring Ariana Grande, to the hauntingly beautiful ballad “Merry Christmas (to the One I Used to Know), “When Christmas Comes Around…” explores a wide range of holiday emotions and experiences anchored by Clarkson’s vocal prowess. The album also features cheerful standout “Glow,” featuring Chris Stapleton, and the fabulously bold lead single “Christmas Isn’t Canceled (Just You).”    

Alex Duda and Clarkson are executive producers. Emmy winner Joe Terry directs.   

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