It was Christmas caroling to the max as Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli and Annie Lennox got into the songs of the season on Sunday at a star-studded holiday concert at the National Building Museum as part of this year's Christmas in Washington, an annual special which will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT Friday on TNT.
Mariah Carey, who was the first to perform, said in an interview before the show that the invitation was "an honor." Last month saw the release of her Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, and this "seemed like the perfect way to highlight this holiday season." The mom-to-be, fittingly, belted out her new Christmas song One Child. Carey, dressed in a festive red sparkling dress with a large bow tied right above her burgeoning baby bump, sang against the backdrop of a group of singers made up of the Washington Youth Choir and the American Family Choir.
For the concert's finale, all of the stars and both choirs returned to the stage to sing a medley of revered classics including Mariah singing O Come All Ye Faithful.
"What a wonderful show," the president said in closing the special and reflecting on the reason behind the season. "It's a message that guides my Christian faith. ... We hold in our hearts those who have fallen on hard times this holiday season." Obama wished the audience a happy holiday and, along with his family, joined everyone in a rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
The TNT telecast marks the network's 12th presentation of Christmas in Washington, which is in its 29th year overall and benefits the Children's National Medical Center. (USA Today)
CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON will air on Friday, December 17 at 8:00pm (ET/PT) on TNT.