Zac Brown; Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for Entercom, Elle King; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards, Sam Hunt; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom
Zac Brown; Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/Getty Images for Entercom, Elle King; Photo Courtesy ACM Awards, Sam Hunt; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for CMT/Viacom

BREAKING: Sam Hunt, Elle King & Zac Brown Band Will No Longer Perform During ‘Nashville’s Big Bash’

Sam Hunt, Elle King, and Zac Brown Band will no longer perform during Friday evening’s (Dec. 31) New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash.

Zac Brown Band will not be performing as the group’s lead singer, Zac Brown, revealed on Thursday (Dec. 30) that he tested positive for COVID-19.

“To Our Fans, We are deeply disappointed to share that Zac Brown Band will no longer be performing at Nashville’s Big Bash tomorrow night on CBS. Despite taking precautions, I’ve tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from Brown read.

Brown continued, “While we were very excited to join the incredible line-up of artists and millions of amazing fans tuning in to watch, our #1 priority is the safety and well-being of our fans, band, crew and venue staff. We’re looking forward to great things ahead and seeing you all on our tour next year. We wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy 2022! [Love] Zac.”

Visit Music City also revealed in a statement earlier today (Dec. 30) that superstars Sam Hunt and Elle King have also dropped off star-studded lineup. However, Lady A will be taking their place on the Bicentennial Mall stage in Downtown Nashville. 

“In following COVID-19 safety protocols and with everyone’s health and safety as the top priority, New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash has made several lineup adjustments,” an update shared by Visit Music City read.

The statement continued, “Zac Brown Band, Sam Hunt, and Elle King will no longer be performing at Bicentennial Mall, and Lady A will now perform on the Bicentennial Mall stage. In the spirit of Nashville, the party will keep going until 12:30am CT with other performers in the previously announced lineup stepping up to provide additional music. We look forward to an exciting and safe event for Music City.”

Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be hosted by radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and co-hosted by Rachel Smith of “Entertainment Tonight.” Dierks Bentley and Lady A are set to headline the Bicentennial Mall stage with special guests Ingrid Andress and BRELAND, which is free and open to the public.

Gates for the concert at Bicentennial Captiol Mall open at 4:30 p.m. CT, with The Fisk Jubilee Singers beginning at 6 p.m. CT. Attendees will be required to show either proof of a negative COVID-19 test (dated Dec. 30 or Dec. 31), proof of vaccination. 

The five-hour televised New Year’s celebration on CBS will feature dozens of performances, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, and more. The performances will take place throughout Downtown Nashville, including some pre-taped from Lower Broadway honky-tonks, bars, and clubs. The show will air on the CBS Television Network, and be available to stream live and on-demand via Paramount+. 

A second stage will be located at Skydeck on Broadway, an expansive rooftop bar and entertainment venue at Assembly Food Hall, for a ticketed event on Friday, December 31. The event will feature performances from Riley Green, Chris Janson, Jon Pardi, and Carly Pearce.

The CBS special will conclude with a fireworks display at midnight CT as the Nashville music note drops.

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