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Carrie Underwood is getting Christmas a little earlier this year on HBO Max

ByReiss Bowler

Jun 6, 2021

Carrie Underwood accepts Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House earlier this month. (Associated Press Photo / Mark Humphrey)

You’ve probably heard of Christmas in July. Now Carrie Underwood brings us – Christmas in September?

The seven-time Grammy winner will release her first Christmas album ‘My Gift’ tomorrow. HBO Max just announced that she will perform songs from the album in a Christmas special on the streaming service.

“The journey of writing and recording this album started last year when I finished my tour and we could never have anticipated the circumstances we would find ourselves in this year,” Underwood said in a statement. “Making this album has been good for my heart and I love being able to share it with the world.”

On Thursday morning, the country music star told “The Today Show” that “My Gift” was only made possible by working on it late last year, before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We did everything just like we did this morning; we did things through Zoom,” Underwood told the hosts of Today. “And found new ways to just make it work. I didn’t want to let this year hold us back.”

The artist also made history at the Academy of Country Music Awards earlier this month, Tying Thomas Rhett for the Best Entertainer of the Year Award.

The 55th Annual ACMs marked the first time the honor was split between two artists. Underwood also became the first woman to win the award three times (she was previously the first woman to win the award twice).

“2020, dude?” Underwood asked surprised. “I am more than happy to share this with Thomas Rhett,” she added.

Underwood also honored pioneering female country artists in an ACM performance at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. She nodded to musical giants Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Martina McBride, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton before paying musical tribute to the women.

The virtual awards ceremony this year has been moved from Las Vegas to Nashville (and also postponed from April) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.