Televised New Year's Eve celebration in Nashville to air on NewsChannel 5

Nashville Skyline
Posted at 10:00 AM, Dec 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-09 11:00:29-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — NewsChannel 5 will air this year's televised "Jack Daniel's Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville" celebration to ring in the New Year.

Due to the pandemic, the city will not host a public celebration on New Year's Eve. Instead, a televised show will air featuring performances from Nashville natives Moon Taxi and The Shindellas. It will also include highlights from previous New Year's Eve celebrations. There will be no Note Drop this year.

"Music City has consistently hosted hundreds of thousands of spectators to ring in the New Year, and while we are sad to ask the crowds to stay home, we are ecstatic about the opportunity to say goodbye to 2020," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. "We hope everyone will tune in to enjoy the live music and the start of 2021. You can expect us to be back next year with the biggest show ever. We have some making up to do."

The Shindellas, a trio who fuse jazz, soul and R&B, will perform a 20-minute followed by indie rock band Moon Taxi's 40-minute set just before midnight.

Last year, the event attracted more than 200,000 people to downtown Nashville and generated $26.2 million in direct visitor spending.

"New Year’s Eve in Nashville is always something special," said Lyn Plantinga, Vice President and General Manager, NewsChannel 5. "This year, we can’t all be together, but we can still celebrate! NewsChannel 5 is committed to keeping our community safe, informed and connected, and we’re thrilled to be delivering on all three as we ring in the New Year."

The show will air from 10:30 p.m. to midnight on NewsChannel 5. It is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.