Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper and Jimmie Allen also set to take the stage in Times Square
Dick Clark Productions and ABC have announced 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 Thursday, December 31st at 8 pm ET/PT on ABC. Due to the pandemic, 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. 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 Year 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 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.