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Lainey Wilson Performs ‘LA’ During Pasadena's 134th Rose Parade

By Maxim Mower

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Lainey Wilson may have kicked off her New Year in Pasadena, California, but even so, the CMA-winner made it clear that when she hears ‘LA’, her mind still goes straight to Louisiana.

Lainey performed ‘LA’, which originally appeared on her 2021 album Sayin’ What I'm Thinkin’, during Pasadena's popular Rose Parade. The celebration occurs each year to help ring in the New Year, with a series of floats representing various states and organisations coming together to create a colourful and striking visual spectacle for attendees.

The Californian parade dates back to the 1800s, and is hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. It precedes the high-profile yearly college football match, known as the Rose Bowl.

Lainey's song choice was apt, as it paid tribute to her float's dedicated state, Louisiana, while still offering up a tongue-in-cheek tip of her stetson to California.

On ‘LA’, Lainey describes herself as ‘Redneck Hollywood’, before going on to champion her down-home roots (“When you say LA, I think Louisiana/Lower Alabama, stars up in the sky”).

The Louisiana Travel Celebration Riverboat, from which Lainey Wilson performed the anthemic track, was ultimately awarded the Showmanship Award by the parade's organisers.

Lainey enjoyed an outstanding 2022, taking home the CMA Awards for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year. Additionally, the Louisiana singer-songwriter was introduced into the Yellowstone cast for its latest season. As well as playing Abby, Lainey has also had a number of songs featured during the series.

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