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Brenda Lee On CMA Country Christmas – Why Didn’t She Sing?

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The CMA presented another great holiday special with the 2013 CMA Country Christmas show on ABC.

As usual, the show featured today’s top Country stars with a few special guests from other genres. However, one of the night’s most precious moments came with a small shot of Brenda Lee being acknowledged by host Jennifer Nettles.  Although I was grateful that 68 year-old ‘Little Miss Dynamite’ was given some camera time, it also left me wondering why she didn’t sing her holiday classic ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree!’

Think about it. The song is one of the most popular holiday songs in any format, a timeless classic that has been featured in countless movies and television shows- it’s a staple of the Christmas season. If you were looking for crossover appeal, Brenda Lee more than qualifies as the only female member of the both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with dozens of hits on BOTH charts.

I feel like it was a missed opportunity to not put Brenda Lee on stage, on a Country Christmas Special, to sing her holiday classic ‘Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree.’ Considering the song is only two minutes in length, I’m sure finding time wasn’t that much of an issue.  If it was, why not drop a non-country act from the set list?

I wish the ‘modern music’ industry would appreciate the fact that legends like Brenda Lee are still ALIVE and able to perform.  We should feature, showcase and honor them while they are still living- especially singers of original American music classics.  Just some humble thoughts from a Country Music fan.  What do you think?  Was her short cameo good enough or should she have been included to sing her holiday classic on the show? Please leave your comments in the section below.

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