Sam Hunt Added To ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Lineup

Sam Hunt has been added to the lineup for the star-studded New Year’s Eve special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve…


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December 17, 2019


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Sam Hunt has been added to the lineup for the star-studded New Year’s Eve special, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020.

Dick Clark Productions and ABC announced the news Tuesday (Dec. 17), also revealing that Post Malone, BTS and Alanis Morissette, who will perform for the first time with the cast of the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, have joined the lineup.

Previously announced performers include Kelsea Ballerini, Dan + Shay, Blanco Brown, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Paula Abdul, Ava Max, Megan Thee Stallion, Anthony Ramos, Salt-N-Pepa and SHAED.

Hunt will perform live from Times Square while Ballerini, Dan + Shay and Brown will each perform from the show’s Hollywood stage.

The broadcast, now in its 48th year, will feature pop/R&B singer Ciara as the West Coast host, actress Lucy Hale as the East Coast host and actor Billy Porter as the host for the Central Time Zone.

Multi-media personality Ryan Seacrest will serve as MC for the 15th year.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 airs Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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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.