Kelsea Ballerini Brings the Party To Broadway with Fun-Filled New Year’s Eve Performance

Kelsea Ballerini brought the party to New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash on Friday evening (Dec. 31) with a…


Lauren Jo Black

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December 31, 2021


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

Kelsea Ballerini brought the party to New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash on Friday evening (Dec. 31) with a lively performance of her chart-topping hit, “Hole In The Bottle.” 

Ballerini’s performance began outside on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. She then made her way inside The Stage, one of Music City’s infamous honky-tonks, as hundreds of fans cheered her on. 

Joined by her band, the country hitmaker donned a black sequin jumpsuit and showed off her new brunette locks as she belted out the lyrics to the No.1 song. 

“Hole In The Bottle” is featured on Ballerini’s latest album, Kelsea, which also includes her hits “Homecoming Queen?” and “Half Of My Hometown” featuring Kenny Chesney. 

The country/pop song was written by Ballerini with Jesse Frasure, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Steph Jones. 

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

Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS
Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Brent Harrington, CBS

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

The five-hour celebration also included once-in-a-lifetime collaborations, performances of chart-topping hits and covers of some of the most iconic songs in country music.

Co-hosted by Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith, the star-studded New Year’s Eve special aired live from Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, December 31 (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT, 11:30 PM-1:30 AM, ET/PT), on CBS Television Network. 

The show was also available to stream live and on demand on 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.