Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Aloe Blacc, Aloe Blacc, Darius Rucker, Rita Ora

The first family, from podium to right, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama join performers, from left, Aloe Blacc, Darius Rucker and Rita Ora, far right, on the stage singing a Christmas carol during the taping of the annual 2014 Christmas in Washington presentation at the National Building Museum in Washington, on Sunday. — AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Earth, Wind & Fire; Darius Rucker and Aloe Blacc are among the top-notch entertainers joining the First Family when “Christmas in Washington,” an annual holiday special, returns to TNT tonight at 8 p.m.

Hosted by action hero Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the eclectic musical lineup also includes pop singer Christina Perri, Nashville star Hunter Hayes and British songstress Rita Ora, as well as a performance by the American Family Choir.

After some good-natured verbal “smackdown” from The Rock and an evening of exciting performances, the singers all come together for a medley which includes “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “The First Noel,” and as is tradition, the president, first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha take the stage to greet the musical guests.

During a brief speech, President Barack Obama reminded guests of the reason for the season saying, “Jesus lived a life of peace, love, kindness and forgiveness. During the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, may we all do our best to follow his example.”

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary this year, “Christmas in Washington” is a holiday tradition benefiting the Children’s National Health System. The concert is attended each year by the president and first lady, as well as many other Washington VIPs. This will mark TNT’s 16th year presenting “Christmas in Washington,” which was taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Since TNT began televising the special in 1999, the show has earned two Emmys for Outstanding Musical Direction, with 14 nominations overall.

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