‘Nashville Big Bash’ Special Featuring Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert Airing on CBS to Ring in New Year’s Live Programming

by Jacklyn Krol

Ready to ring in the New Year’s Nashville Big Bash style?

Country music’s biggest and brightest artists will be performing as part of a live CBS New Year’s Eve special. The event will take place on Friday, December 31 from 8 PM ET through 11 PM. It will be broadcasted on CBS the television network along with Paramount+. If you have plans for the holiday, you can also stream it on-demand on the streaming platform after it airs.

The first wave of performers have been announced. This includes Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell and Zac Brown Band. Additional artists will be announced closer to the event.

This five hour event will feature almost fifty performances from across Music City. The main stage at Nashville’s Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will make a return. Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay will perform there.

Unlike the typical ball drop, country music does things differently. While the broadcast will be across numerous time zones, their countdown has a twist. The music note will drop at midnight ET to celebrate the end of the Nashville Big Bash.

CBS and Before ‘Nashville Big Bash’ 2022

Believe it or not, it’s been over twenty years since CBS has has a New Year’s Eve special. The last time they did was on December 31, 1999, with Will Smith as the host. This rang in the Millenium. Before the big millennium special, it regularly aired a New Year’s Eve special with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadian Band. The annual event took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City between 1956 through 1976. Prior to television, they had a CBS special on their radio station.

Surprisingly, there isn’t a mainstay for the central time zone when it comes to New Year’s Eve. You have New York City (East Coast) and Los Angeles (West Coast) celebrations on other major networks. This event is hoping to change that for the Midwesterners. Not to mention that it’s an entire event surrounding country music!

“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central Time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. said in a press release. “We are thrilled to share music from our Nashville superstars in a national broadcast that will carry immense marketing value as we rebuild momentum as a global destination. We appreciate CBS for the decision to partner on this five-hour special. At the same time, our live event will continue to be the best party in the country to ring in the New Year, bringing fun to our visitors and revenue to the city.”