Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Lainey Wilson and The War and Treaty delivered stunning renditions of Christmas classics during a televised holiday special honoring King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley’s legacy. The country stars were part of a genre-spanning lineup during the hourlong Christmas at Graceland special that aired on NBC on Wednesday night (November 29), immediately after the star-studded Christmas at Rockefeller Center event.
Musgraves performed a stunning rendition of “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Presley’s 1960s classic that she covered on the ELVIS soundtrack last year. The 2022 film starred Austin Butler (Elvis) and Tom Hanks (Colonel Tom Parker), among others in the all-star cast. Musgraves said around the time her rendition made its debut that it was “an honor and adventure” to reimagine “one of the most iconic songs in history.”
Brown delivered his rendition of “Blue Christmas,” which he recently released with his voice and Presley’s blended in an unexpected, stunning holiday duet. “Blue Christmas” appears on Presley’s Elvis’ Christmas Album, a 12-track collection that made its debut in the late 1950s. The holiday record also includes “White Christmas,” “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane),” and other Christmas classics.
Wilson also took the Graceland stage with an Elvis’ Christmas Album track, performing “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” from the 1957 holiday collection. Wilson donned a red jumpsuit with signature bell bottoms and a matching cowboy hat, complete with a Presley-inspired cape.
The War and Treaty, husband and wife duo made up of powerhouse singer-songwriters Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Trotter, delivered an unforgettable rendition of “If I Can Dream.” The War and Treaty reflected on the “wonderful evening” performing during the Christmas at Graceland special, as their Instagram followers gushed over the duo’s performance during the show.
Riley Keough, Presley’s granddaughter, served as one of the executive producers of the genre-spanning holiday show, which also featured performances by Alanis Morissette, John Legend, Lana Del Rey and Post Malone. It all took place at Presley’s home, Graceland, located in Memphis, Tennessee.
“My family and I are elated to open the doors to Graceland in this first-of-its-kind special,” Keough previously said in a statement. “With intimate musical performances drawing inspiration from my grandfather Elvis’s cherished Christmases in Memphis, viewers will be invited to experience firsthand the magic that is Christmas at Graceland.”
Christmas at Graceland aired on NBC, also available to stream on Peacock. Watch some of the performances again below.