Some of music's biggest stars are giving back in a big way this holiday season by using their influence to call attention children in foster care.
The 17th annual A Home for the Holidays special, hosted by LL Cool J, will air Friday night on CBS at 9 ET/PT. The goal is to bring awareness to the plight of the country's 400,000 foster children through stories of adoption.
The show will feature previously-recorded performances, including Christina Aguilera belting out "Beautiful" in Los Angeles; Jason Derulo crooning "Want to Want Me" and "In My Head" at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida; Rascal Flatts performing "My Wish" and "I Like the Sound of That" at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, California; and Ed Sheeran singing "Thinking Out Loud" and "Photograph" at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
Unlike in previous specials, this year, cameras went behind-the-scenes at the various concert venues across to capture the moments when some of the adopted children featured in the special met their music idols.
The Odens, one of the families presented in the show, admitted that Sheeran's stirring song, "Thinking Out Loud," spoke to their journey of becoming a family.