BREAKING: Wynonna Judd Will No Longer Perform On ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

Wynonna Judd issued a statement on Saturday evening, revealing that she will no longer be performing on the CBS special,…


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December 31, 2022

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Wynonna Judd issued a statement on Saturday evening, revealing that she will no longer be performing on the CBS special, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.

The Country Music Hall of Famer took to social media to share the unfortunate news with fans after experiencing an unexpected illness. 

Wynonna was slated to appear on the CBS special to perform alongside Kelsea Ballerini live from Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall.  

“I was looking so forward to singing with my dear @kelseaballerini tonight. Instead, I am on the bus struggling with an extreme bout of vertigo, and am unable to perform. 😢💔,” Wynonna shared on social media alongside what appears to be a photo of herself and Ballerini from rehearsals. “Nashville, I am absolutely heartbroken and so sorry to have let you all down tonight. Kelsea, I look forward to stepping onstage with you in February, better than ever!!!!”

According to NHS Inform, vertigo is the “sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning.” 

Ballerini recently appeared with Judd on The Judds: The Final Tour. Ballerini will also join Judd on several upcoming dates of The Judds: The Final Tour 2023. 

The trek is a celebration of the legacy of The Judds and launched following the death of Naomi Judd in 2022. 

The 2023 leg of the tour kicks off on January 26 in Hershey, Pennsylvania, and runs through February 25, 2023 in Hollywood, Florida. Ballerini will appear on three dates: February 2, 3, and 4. Additional details about the upcoming tour can be found HERE.

CBS Presents New Year’s Eve Live Nashville’s Big Bash. Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
CBS Presents New Year’s Eve Live Nashville’s Big Bash. Photo: CBS ©2022 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The five-hour New Year’s Eve special will feature 50 back-to-back performances from some of hottest stars in country music, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, King Calaway, Sheryl Crow, Riley Green, Wynonna Judd, Elle King, Little Big Town, Ashley McBryde, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Lainey Wilson, The War And Treaty, and Zac Brown Band.

A star-studded list of collaborations will also take place during the star-studded broadcast, including Jimmie Allen And Flo Rida, Sheryl Crow And Ashley McBryde, Steve Miller With King Calaway, Thomas Rhett With Riley Green, as well as Zac Brown Band With The War And Treaty.

The performances will take place throughout Lower Broadway in bars such as Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row, Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge, Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, The Stage and more. While Ballerini, King, Brooks & Dunn, and Zac Brown Band’s performances happened live in person at Bicentennial Mall in Nashville, Tennessee.

New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will be co-hosted by Jimmie Allen, Elle King and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith.

“When I got the call to host New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, I was super excited and started looking forward to it right then,” Allen shared. “I was part of the show last year as a performer, so being able to co-host it this year with Elle King & Rachel Smith and see all the great performances that are lined up — it’s going to be awesome.”

Allen continued, “Hosting is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and to do it on CBS is a big deal. I get to represent not only Nashville and country music but my home state of Delaware — primetime television on New Year’s Eve! Let’s bring this new year in right!”

“New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite nights to celebrate because we get to reflect on the year we’ve had while getting a fresh start,” King added. “Nashville has been so amazing and welcoming to me this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am so excited to be hosting the festivities live from Music City!”

The New Year’s Eve concert special will air LIVE from Music City on Saturday, December 31 from 8:00-10:00 PM ET and 10:30 PM-1:30 AM ET via CBS Network. The show will also stream live and on demand via Paramount+.

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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.