Bell Bottom Country Queen Lainey Wilson Shines Bright on New Year’s Eve In Nashville

Wilson performed several of her hit tracks while sporting a silver sequin bell bottom ensemble.


Lauren Jo Black

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December 31, 2023


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Lainey Wilson; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson lit up downtown Nashville on New Year’s Eve, sporting a silver sequin bell bottom ensemble. 

Lainey Wilson Lights Up Nashville On New Year’s Eve

The Louisiana native was one of the artists who performed live during NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH from Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall stage. For her performance, Wilson delivered live renditions of songs such as “Smells Like Smoke,” “Watermelon Moonshine,” and more as thousands of fans watched on from Music City awaiting the infamous Music Note Drop at midnight. 

The Bell Bottom Country Queen topped her sparkly New Year’s Eve outfit off with a cowboy hat adorned with a silver hatband by Modern Myth Jewelry.

Lainey Wilson; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Lainey Wilson; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

A Special New Year’s Eve Message

Ahead of the show, Wilson, who performed over 100 shows this year, reflected on her whirlwind year in a heartfelt Instagram post.   

“2023 was the year of living ten years in one. Some sayings that come to mind when I think about the last 365 days are ‘strike when the iron’s hot’ and ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease.’ I had to remind myself of those things my family used to say every single day this past year. I had to put myself back into the shoes of that little girl who wanted this more than anything because the truth is.. there have been moments I was so worn out I could barely put one foot in front of the other,” Wilson truthfully shared. 

She continued, “I had to pull myself up by the bootstraps just like anybody who wants something bad enough. It’s work and I’m blessed I was raised to work because dreams don’t just come true without digging in and without the right people around you lifting you up and always reminding of the truth. The truth is… I know I was created to be right here and do exactly what I’m doing right now.”

She went on to showcase her gratitude to the Lord for helping make her dreams come true and thank those who have been beside her on this ride.   

“My journey is proof that the Lord does give you the desires of your heart when you trust, receive, and believe. Thank you to my team who has been fighting for me for years and for doing all the things we said we would do. Thank you to my family for tracking me down to spend time with me and for answering my FaceTimes several times a day. Thank you to my friends who have understood that I couldn’t be totally present at times and for loving me anyway. And thank you to my fans. I have a love so deep for y’all. It is hard to put into words. I want to feel like I know y’all and I want y’all to feel like you know me. Thank you for allowing me to tell my story and somehow finding yours within the song. That’s country music for ya. We are just getting started. 2024, let’s do it again.” 

Wilson will enjoy a few months of downtime in 2024 before kicking off her highly anticipated headlining Country’s Cool Again Tour. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Lainey Wilson; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Star-Studded New Year’s Eve Performances

NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH is a five-hour celebration, airing on Sunday, December 31 7:30-10:00 PM, ET/PT, 10:30 PM-1:05 AM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Hosted by Elle King and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith, the show is also set to feature performances by Thomas Rhett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trace Adkins, Grace Bowers, Kane Brown, Jackson Dean, Old Dominion, HARDY, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, Megan Moroney, Brothers Osborne, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Trombone Shorty, Blake Shelton, Morgan Wallen, and Bailey Zimmerman. Additionally, Dustin Lynch will deliver a live performance from Times Square in New York City.

Viewers can also anticipate a special guest appearance from Tennessee Titans and five-time all-pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.   

NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH is also streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

Executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in collaboration with the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH will be directed by Sandra Restrepo.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.