Nashville Star-Studded NYE Bash Draws Record Crowd
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WDEF) — A record-breaking 210,000 people from the Music City – and plenty more across the country – tuned in to watch CBS’ NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE: NASHVILLE’S BIG BASH Saturday night.
News 12 was right there with them.
Nashville put on quite the party for the Music City and the rest of the country to celebrate New Year’s Eve on CBS.
“It feels great,” said Nashville resident Dashaura Hall. “It’s a lot of people. I love the energy. It’s a really good crowd.”
Riverbend Festival alums Jimmie Allen and Elle King hosted the five-hour TV special, along with Entertainment Tonight’s Rachel Smith.
“To get to ring in the new year, co-hosting such a big event in country music is, it means a lot to me,” King said.
The event featured nearly 50 performances across multiple locations – Allen and King were two of them.
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation President Deana Ivey says it takes a lot of planning to make it all happen. They start on January 2.
“It’s an enormous undertaking,” Ivey said. “We have about 300 crew out that are, you know, set up the stage, set up the lights, set up the sound. And we have about 500 security. And then we have all the TV production staff.”
Ivey says visitors from all over Tennessee – and even the world – come out for the event every year.
“The best part is, you know, just the fun that it brings to our visitors and our local residents here. They love this event,” Ivey said. “It’s just a great way to celebrate what Nashville is all about and what Music City brings to this country.”
And it wouldn’t be a great show without country music legends like Brooks & Dunn, and great collaborations like Zac Brown Band and The War And Treaty.
“Collaboration represents Nashville period,” said Michael Trotter, Jr. of The War And Treaty. “[Friday] we went to Zac [Brown’s] house, and we just ate and ate and ate and ate, and I can’t wait to get back over there to eat more food. That’s how it feels.”
Kelsea Ballerini even played several songs from her latest album, which was released in September.
Elle King also had a busy 2022, and already looks to have an action-packed new year, with her new album out later this month.
“I feel like it’s just been a year full of blessings, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings,” King said. “I’m excited for everyone to hear the record, and I can’t wait to go back out on tour, and do a headline tour.”
If you missed Saturday night’s New Year’s Eve special on News 12, you can still watch it on-demand on Paramount+.