CBS has announced that Jimmie Allen, Elle King and Entertainment Tonight‘s Rachel Smith will host “New Year’s Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” on December 31.
“When I got the call to host, I was super excited and started looking forward to it right then,” Allen said. “I was part of the show last year as a performer, so being able to co-host it this year with Elle King and Rachel Smith and see all the great performances that are lined up — it’s going to be awesome.”
“New Year’s Eve has always been one of my favorite nights to celebrate because we get to reflect on the year we’ve had while getting a fresh start,” added King. Nashville has been so amazing and welcoming to me this year and I can’t wait to see what next year brings. I am so excited to be hosting the festivities live from Music City.”
“Hanging with my talented country friends in Music City on New Year’s Eve is the ultimate way to kick off the new year,” said Smith, who will be hosting Nashville’s Big Bash for the second time.
The star-studded show will feature nearly 50 performances by country music superstars, including Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band.
Additional performers will be announced later.
CBS‘ five-hour broadcast of “New Year’s Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” will cross multiple time zones, with the traditional countdown at midnight, Eastern Time, culminating with the renowned Nashville music note drop and fireworks at midnight, Central Time.
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