Megan Moroney Dazzles On New Year’s Eve With Taylor Swift-Inspired Guitar Adorned With 3,000 Rhinestones

The custom guitar was created by Daniel Diamond.

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Lauren Jo Black

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December 31, 2023

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Megan Moroney; Photo by Emily Kredd, Sway Social

Breakout country star Megan Moroney dazzled during NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH with a performance of her first-ever chart-topping hit, “Tennessee Orange,” while playing a custom Gibson guitar bedazzled with over 3,000 rhinestones. 

The Guitar Was Inspired By Taylor Swift

As she crooned over her newfound love, who happens to cheer for the rival college football team, Moroney turned heads with her sparkling guitar, which was inspired by the guitar Taylor Swift previously played during her Fearless Tour.

A representative for Daniel Diamond revealed to Country Now that the guitar came as a surprise gift to Moroney. The Nashville-based brand was inspired to create the guitar for the Georgia native after seeing her perform over the summer.  

Megan Moroney; Photo by Emily Kredd, Sway Social
Megan Moroney; Photo by Emily Kredd, Sway Social

All About Megan Moroney’s Rhinestone Guitar

“She had a brown guitar that didn’t feel like it represented her newfound superstardom, and we wanted her to start playing something that matched her rhinestone energy. She’s a Taylor Swift super fan so we fell in love with the idea even harder after we spoke with Gibson about the fine details,” the rep explained. 

They recently surprised Moroney with the gift and she said, “it’s probably one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.” 

For her performance on the CBS show, the chart-topping singer/songwriter also sported matching Daniel Diamond earrings and boots. She performed from The Stage in the heart of Downtown Nashville on Lower Broadway. Fans sang along to every word of the performance, proving the immense impact her honest lyrics have on listeners. 

About The Song “Tennessee Orange”

Tennessee Orange” was written by Moroney, Ben Williams, David Fanning, and Paul Jenkins. The track instantly changed her life and she admits that she never thought the song would land at the top of the charts.   

“When I sat down and we wrote ‘Tennessee Orange,’ you are not sitting down being like, ‘okay, well there’s my first number one hit.’ You’re just writing…We just left that day and we’re like, ‘Okay, cool. We wrote this song called ‘Tennessee Orange,’” she previously recalled while chatting with Country Now and other media outlets. 

The song appears on her debut album, LUCKY, which was released in the Spring of 2023. Her current single, “I’m Not Pretty,” continues to climb the charts as does “Can’t Break Up Now,” her new collaboration with Old Dominion. In 2024, Moroney will hit the road with Kenny Chesney. 

Megan Moroney; Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Megan Moroney; Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

New Year’s Eve In Nashville: Who’s Performing?

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.

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, Elle King, Cody Johnson, Parker McCollum, 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.

Megan Moroney; Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.
Megan Moroney; Photo: CBS ©2023 CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

Viewers can also anticipate a special guest appearance from Tennessee Titan and five-time all-pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and actor/comedian Rob Schneider.  

In addition to her co-hosting duties, Elle King will also perform. 

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)*.

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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.