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Keke Palmer Hit the Most Beautiful Note Singing Holiday Classic "The Christmas Song"

The Password host hit the most beautiful note performing at 2023's Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting.

By Elizabeth Logan

Keke Palmer shone as brightly as a star atop a tree at 2023's Rockefeller Center tree lighting ceremony, dazzling audiences with her rendition of "The Christmas Song."

Check out a clip of her jazz-y performance here.

In a sparkly gown and accompanied by the Emmy and Grammy-winning multi-hyphenate producer Adam Blackstone on the bass, the multi-talented Password Host serenaded viewers with the vocals that she's previously showcased in albums and on Broadway. The Santa Hat-clad spectators were rapt, and praises online is just as effusive.

"Literally there is nothing that this woman can’t do and does it all so well👏👏👏👏 #myfavegirl," wrote one commenter on Instagram.

"Love when I hear a different side of your voice keke!! Shout out to ya vocal coach as well!! Love the choices!! Sing!! Queen! You’re a MOTHA!! Ayeeee. Sounds Amazing! Look amazing!!!❤️🔥," added another.

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Keke Palmer sings on stage during Christmas In Rockefeller Center

What to know about "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole

Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells in 1945, the tune is also commonly referred to by its first line, "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire." In 1946, Nat King Cole and his band recorded it twice — once with a string section and once without — and the strings version became an instant success. Cole recorded the song again in 1953 and in 1961, and the '61 recording is now considered the definitive version of the song. It's a cozy down-tempo tune about the simple pleasures of the holiday: decorations, carolers, warm clothing and presents.

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