BREAKING: Sam Hunt, Elle King & Zac Brown Band Drop Off Nashville’s New Year’s Eve Lineup

Lady A has been added to Nashville’s Big Bash lineup.


Lauren Jo Black

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December 30, 2021


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Sam Hunt; Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions Elle King; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards, Zac Brown; Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

Just over 24 hours ahead of the music note drop in Music City, several changes have been made to Nashville’s New Year’s Eve lineup. 

According to, Sam Hunt, Elle King and Zac Brown Band will no longer be performing during Nashville’s Big Bash. Instead, Lady A has been added to the lineup and is set to perform on the Bicentennial Mall stage.

“In following COVID-19 safety protocols and with everyone’s health and safety as the top priority, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash has made several lineup adjustments,” the statement reads.

Additionally, event organizers added that other previously announced performers will “provide additional music” during Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

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Hunt and King have yet to address the news, however, Zac Brown Band took to social media to address the news via the following statement: 

We are deeply disappointed to share that Zac Brown Band will no longer be performing at Nashville’s Big Bash tomorrow night on CBS. Despite taking precautions, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. While we were very excited to join the incredible line up of artists and millions of amazing fans tuning in to watch, our #1 priority is the safety and well-being of our fans, band, crew, and venue staff. We’re looking forward to great things ahead and seeing you all on our tour next year. We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2022! Love Zac.

Dierks Bentley is set to perform on the main stage alongside Lady A as well as previously announced performers Ingrid Andress and BRELAND

The star-studded show will air on CBS and will be hosted by radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and co-hosted by Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith.

Airing live from Nashville, the show will also feature performances by Riley Green, Carly Pearce, Chris Janson and Jon Pardi from Skydeck on Broadway at Assembly Food Hall.

Additional artists set to appear on the five-hour broadcast, airing Friday, Dec. 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, include King Calaway, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton and Cole Swindell.

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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.