America’s Most-Watched New Year’s Eve Special to Broadcast Live From New York City’s Times Square
December 31 Beginning at 8 PM ET
Dick Clark productions and ABC announced today that global multi-hyphenate superstar Jennifer Lopez will be the headline performance, just before the iconic Times Square ball drop, live in New York’s Times Square exclusively on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021” (NYRE). Lopez will be joined by additional performers Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, and Jimmie Allen. Porter and Lauper, who worked together on the Broadway hit “Kinky Boots,” will also reunite on the NYRE stage for a duet performance. The most-watched New Year’s Eve celebration nationwide, which features iconic performances of the year’s biggest songs, airs LIVE December 31 at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. This is a broadcast event closed to the public.
This year marks the 49th anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” America’s go-to annual New Year’s tradition which celebrates the year’s very best in music. The show sets the stage to ring in the new year with more than five and a half hours of dynamic performances airing until 2 AM ET and giving viewers a look at New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. As previously announced, Ryan Seacrest returns for his 16th year as host and will be joined by Lucy Hale and Billy Porter in TImes Square. Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities, returning to the show for her fourth year.
Additionally, country artist Jessie James Decker will return as Powerball correspondent for the second year. Decker will provide live updates throughout the evening, checking in with five randomly selected finalists across the country, before revealing the POWERBALL First Millionaire of the YearSM just after midnight on January 1, 2021.
“Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021” is produced by dick clark productions with Ryan Seacrest, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco, and Linda Gierahn serving as executive producers. Larry Klein is the producer. All guidelines set forth by national, state, and local health officials will continue to be closely followed and implemented during the production along with additional safety measures to be instated by dick clark productions. For the latest Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve news, exclusive content, and more, follow NYRE on social (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), on ABC sites (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram), online at newyearsrockineve.com and join the conversation by using the official hashtag for the show, #RockinEve.