Elle King Radiates ‘Country Barbie’ Vibes for New Year’s Eve Celebration

This head-turning, hot pink ensemble was adorned with silver stars and fringe.

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 31, 2023

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Elle King; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Elle King was pretty in pink as the co-host and performer for NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH on CBS. 

The chart-topping singer/songwriter returned to the star-studded New Year’s Eve show as co-host alongside Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith. The cohorts previously hosted the show together last year.

Hot Pink Outfit

This time around, King pulled double duty as a co-host and performer. She welcomed the crowd at Nashville’s Bicentennial Mall stage alongside Smith, who dubbed King a “country Barbie.” King rocked a two-piece hot pink ensemble adorned with silver stars and fringe. She topped off her look with metallic boots.  

Elle King; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Elle King; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

King, who was born in California, but raised in Ohio, also performed several times during the broadcast, delivering live renditions of “Drunk I*nd I Don’t Wanna Go Home)”, a cover of Tom Petty (And The Heartbreakers) and Stevie Nicks’ “Stop Draggin My Heart Around,” and more.

Her live performances took place in the heart of Music City ahead of the infamous Music Note Drop, which will take place as the clock strikes midnight.     

Who Is Elle King’s Dad?

Elle King’s dad, actor/comedian Rob Schneider, was on hand to introduce her to the stage. She also welcomed a special guest to the stage during the show: her son Lucky.   

Elle King and Rob Schneider; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Elle King and Rob Schneider; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

“New Year’s Eve is the one party we celebrate all over the world,” King previously shared in a statement about the show. “I wouldn’t want to spend it any other place than Music City! I’m so excited to get to host another beautiful night of music, friends, love, and joy. I can’t wait to celebrate an incredible year and welcome a new one together.”

“Being back in Nashville co-hosting with my girl Elle is something I look forward to every year,” Smith added. “We’re gonna put on one heck of a show from Music City, and Nashville’s Big Bash will be the perfect soundtrack to ring in another year with family and friends.”

Who Else Performed?

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.

Elle King; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Elle King; Photo: Dock Savage/CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Hosted by Elle King and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith, the show is also set to feature performances by Thomas Rhett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Lainey Wilson, 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

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Lauren Jo Black

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 Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. 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.