Who's performing on Nashville's 'Big Bash' New Year's Eve special? A list of artists
Nashville takes center stage this New Year's Eve with "Big Bash," a five-hour concert special airing on CBS and Paramount+.
The lineup features a who's who of mainstream country entertainers performing atop 5th + Broadway, inside honky tonk bars and, of course, in front of a Bicentennial Mall crowd ready to watch Nashville music note drop at midnight.
The network special kicks off a 7 p.m. CST, running until 12:30 a.m. with a half-hour break at 10 p.m. for local news coverage.
Who's on the lineup for this only-in-Nashville event? Read below for a list of confirmed "Big Bash" artists.
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Organizers announced Thursday night that country hitmakers Sam Hunt and the Zac Brown Band would no longer be playing.
Brown confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19, despite taking precautions, and that he and the band are "deeply disappointed" they won't able to play.
"We were very excited to join the incredible lineup of artists and millions of fans tuning in to watch," Brown wrote in the post. "Our #1 priority is the safety and well-being of our fans, band, crew and venue staff."
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. confirmed Hunt and singer-songwriter Elle King won't perform due to unspecified COVID-19 protocols.
Country trio Lady A — previously slated to perform on the "Big Bash" satellite stage at Assembly Food Hall in downtown Nashville — steps in for Hunt and company at Bicentennial Mall.
Here's the updated lineup:
Brooks & Dunn
Bentley and Lady A will co-headline a free concert at Bicentennial Mall; Pearce, Pardi, Janson and Green perform a live ticketed event at Assembly Food Hall.
Country radio personality Bobby Bones and "Entertainment Tonight" host Rachel Smith emcee "Big Bash."
In previous years, New Year's Eve in Nashville attracted between roughly 150,000 and 200,000 visitors to Bicentennial Mall, including travelers from Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil and all 50 states. The city produced an audience-free concert last year due to COVID-19 precautions.
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