Why “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” Brings Brett Eldredge to Tears

ABC/Mark LevineIn the years since it was originally written for Judy Garland to sing it in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has become one of the most often-covered holiday songs of all time.

Brett Eldredge confesses that the yuletide classic means something special to him, and it’s a sentiment you might not expect. The “Wanna Be That Song” hitmaker confesses he’s often focusing on those whose Christmas may not be looking so grand while he’s singing.  

“It’s one of my favorite songs, just in general, ever, because I find so much magic in Christmas music,” he says. “I feel like this song has such a wonderful message. And I know that not everybody gets to have a merry little Christmas, and when I sing it I want everybody to… find that magic in it and that special feeling that it brings every year. So when I’m singing that, I’m just really hoping that everybody feels that, and it brings me to tears almost every time I get to sing it.”

You can hear Brett’s rendition of the song that’s been ranked as the third-most-performed holiday tune of all time tonight on the 2016 edition of CMA Country Christmas. It premieres at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” is also featured on Brett’s new big band yuletide project, titled Glow.  

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Watch now: Florida Georgia Line says "Meant to Be" CMA Awards performance will be "super-powerful"ABC/Kelsey McNeal"Meant to Be," Florida Georgia Line's record-breaking collaboration with Bebe Rexha, is nominated for Single and Musical Event of the Year at Wednesday's CMA Awards.  While the duo and Bebe have teamed up to perform "Meant to Be" at a number of other awards shows in the past year, FGL's Brian Kelley says the one they're doing Wednesday night will be the best yet.

"We've got a different type of performance scheduled. We've got a little surprise, a little different version of it, but it's gonna be super-powerful," Brian tells ABC Radio.

"We're just excited about getting out there, performing together," he adds. "We've done it a couple of times, but I think this'll be the best, this'll be the most powerful and we're just excited about seeing the faces of our friends and family and fans....seeing their reactions and [hearing] their thoughts."

Between the two categories in which the song's nominated, Tyler Hubbard knows which one he'd rather win: Single of the Year.

"I think that song just deserves some recognition," he tells ABC Radio. "I think it'd be cool to get up there and share a stage with Bebe -- just to share that moment, I think it'd be really special."

He adds, "That song's changed our life, all three of our lives, and it's just unexpected and very, very cool to see what that song's done this year and how it's connected with our fans and continued to inspire us." 

Tune in to see which trophies, if any, "Meant to Be" wins when the 52nd Annual CMA Awards air live from Nashville on ABC Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

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