Everything You Need To Know About ‘New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash’

The New Year is upon us and Music City is ringing in 2022 with New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big…


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December 31, 2021


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The New Year is upon us and Music City is ringing in 2022 with New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, a star-studded celebration filmed from a dozen locations in Downtown Nashville, including Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and several Lower Broadway honky-tonks, bars and clubs. 

The five-hour celebration, airing live from Music City on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, will feature 50+ performances from some of the biggest superstars in country music. The show will count down with the East Coast at midnight and keep the party going through midnight Central Time with the city’s renowned Music Note Drop.

The live concert event will also include once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, performances of chart-topping hits and covers of some of the most iconic songs in country music.

Here’s everything you need to know about New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.

How To Watch? 

Live from Music City, the five-hour New Year’s Eve special will kick off on Friday, December 31 at 8/7c on the CBS Television Network. The show will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Who is Hosting?

Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith will co-host the star-studded New Year’s Eve special.

“I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned,” Bones told CBS ahead of the special. “I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.”

“I am over the moon to co-host NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE from Nashville,” Smith added, “I get to hang with the hottest acts in country music, some I’m lucky enough to call friends, on New Year’s Eve in my hometown!”


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Who is Performing?

Fisk Jubilee Singers, Lady A, Ingrid Andress, BRELAND, King Calaway, Riley Green, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, Carly Pearce, Lainey Wilson, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell and more will take the stage during New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. 

Sam Hunt, Elle King and Zac Brown Band were also set to perform during the concert event, however they will no longer be participating.

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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 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.