Jennifer Nettles is to host the program, which will air on the network Dec. 1. The special is to be taped in front of a live audience Nov. 7 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
ABC described the event as a "star-packed celebration of the season with performances by Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley adding his blazing guitar work to a performance by rock 'n' roll royalty Steven Tyler."
Artists previously announced include Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Lucy Hale, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith and Carrie Underwood. For the third year, audience members are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the taping to help make the holidays brighter for Nashville-area children. "Our toy drive adds something special to the celebration shining a spotlight on a worthy endeavor in a way that reflects the values and giving nature of our artists, the industry and this city," Sarah Trahern, the Country Music Association's chief executive officer, said in a statement Wednesday.