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Times Square in New York will be closed to the public on Thursday evening for New Years Eve celebrations. For the first time since the first ball drop in 1907 (the first celebration at One Times), there won’t be a crowd in the iconic Manhattan locale on December 31, 1904). But in a year when the entertainment industry had to adjust to a virtual stage, the show will go on and the ball will still fall at midnight.

Times Square New Year’s Eve Official Co-organizers, Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, will host a six-hour ad-free webcast (closed to the public and in accordance with New York State health protocols). Jonathan Bennett returns to host. It will include performances by Andra Day, Gloria Gaynor, the USO Show Troupe and The Waffle Crew. Other New York-based artists on the night among the various radio and cable networks that air elements of the webcast include Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmie Allen and Machine Gun Kelly for ABC’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest in his 49th year; and Anitta and Pitbull for Univisions ¡Feliz 2021 !.

Joe Biden & Jill Biden appear on ABC’s’ Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin ‘Eve With Ryan Seacrest’

The Times Square 2021 webcast starts at 6:00 p.m. and ends January 1 at 12:15 p.m. The Countdown Entertainment / Times Square Alliance show will be broadcast live on,, and on Facebook Live at . also delivers the live stream here:

Here is an overview of today’s shows:


Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin ‘Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 is the 49th annual edition of the show, produced by Dick Clark Productions and ABC. Highlights this year include a Seacrest interview with President-elect Joe Biden and soon-to-be first lady Jill Biden, as well as a headline from Jennifer Lopez. Former Kinky Boots cohorts Billy Porter and Cyndi Lauper will play a duet, and Jimmie Allen and Machine Gun Kelly will also perform in the event, which is closed to the public due to Covid-19 restrictions. Porter and Lucy Hale return to New York to co-host while Ciara hosts the LA Celebrations that include Saweetie, Brandy, Lewis Capaldi, Ella Mai, Maluma, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Dojo Cat, Nelly, Noah Cyrus and 24KGoldn, JP Saxe and Julia Michaels. Big Freedia and performer PJ Morton will anchor the New Orleans portion of the show. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET / PT and runs until 2 a.m.


Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen return to co-host CNNs New Years Eve live from Times Square from 8 p.m. ET, assignments to Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon at 12:30 p.m. to continue the celebration as the central time zone rings in for the New Year. Performances and appearances include John Mayer, Snoop Dogg, Patti Labelle, Jimmy Buffett, Carole Baskin, Josh Groban, Leslie Jordan, Dulce Sloan, Desus and Mero, Kylie Minogue, Aloe Blacc, Goo Goo Dolls and Jon Bon Jovi.


Ken Jeong and Joel McHale team up (go to Greendale Human Beings!) To host Fox’s New Years Toast & Roast live from Los Angeles. Guests include LeAnn Rimes, who has just won this season of The Masked Singer on the network Jeong is judging. Gloria Estefan and Instagram Doctor Elvis also perform. iHeartRadio appearances by John Legend, Ava Max, Green Day and Gabby Barrett are mixed in with appearances by talent from upcoming Fox shows, with musical numbers from Mayim Bialik and Cheyenne Jackson from Call Me Kat and host Jane Krakowski and bandleader Randy Jackson from Name You this melody. Part 1 of the program produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment will air from 8-10 ET / CT live (MT / PT tape delayed) and part 2 from (11-12: 30pm ET live (CT / MT / PT tape delay)).


NBC New Years Eve 2021 Returns host Carson Daly with co-hosts Amber Ruffin and Stephen “tWitch” Boss and will feature appearances from AJR, Busta Rhymes with Anderson .Paak, Chloe x Halle, CNCO, Jason Derulo, Goo Goo Dolls and Kylie Minogue from around the country demonstrate. Pentatonix, Bebe Rexha with Doja Cat, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Sting with Shirazee. The program will air from 10pm to 11pm ET / PT, paused for local news, and then re-aired from 11:30 pm to 12:30 pm. Before that is the NBC News primetime special New Year’s Eve: Escape From 2020, which will be hosted by Koda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.


Snoop Dogg, who paused to kill him as a boxing analyst during the fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr., will host a virtual celebration “Go-Big Show” presents Snoop’s virtual New Year’s special. Bert Kreischer, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and Cody Rhodes will roast together and dance into the New Year at Snoops The Compound in Los Angeles in 2020. In addition to special guests such as Tyson and Martha Stewart Pharrell Williams, sets by DJ Cassidy, Fredwreck and DJ Battlecat as well as Snoop can be seen. Runs 11 PM to 12:30 PM ET / 8 PM to 9:30 PM PT.


Happy 2021! will be moderated by Raúl de Molina and Alejandra Espinoza in New York and Rafael Araneda and Angélica Vale in Miami. The three-hour program begins at 10 p.m. ET / PT (9 p.m. CT). Pitbull and Anitta make headlines from Times Square with Greeicy, Mike Bahía, Cali and El Dandee, Camilo, Carmen DeLeon, Chesca, Joss Favela, Kany García, Matisse, Joey Montana, Natalia Jiménez, Llane, Pitizion, Chiquis Rivera and Ivy Queen. Manuel Turizo and Yennis will perform from Miami.


Hello 2021: America will be hosted live on the YouTube Originals channel with Juanpa Zurita and Storm Reid starting at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT. Dua Lipa, J. Balvin, YG, Karol G. and Kane Brown will perform live, and a number of guests attending the stream’s speeches, performances, comedic moments and dance parties include Alexandra Shipp, Bubba Wallace, Chelsea Peretti, David Blaine, Demi Lovato, Jimmy Fallon, Matthew McConaughey, Naomi Campbell, Ne-Yo, Rob Riggle, RuPaul, Shangela and Yungblud.

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