What’s the sound of New Year’s Eve to you? It may be “Auld Lang Syne” for some. For others, it’s Anderson Cooper’s giggle. Get ready to hear it again as he and Kathy Griffin reteam for CNN’s coverage, which goes live at 11 p.m. ET. UPDATE: Check out the best of Kathy and Anderson here.
If you’re staying in for the night, you’ll want to tune into ABC at 8 p.m. ET, for the live New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 40th anniversary countdown of the 40 most memorable performances. That leads into Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest at 10 p.m. ET. The New York City lineup includes Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber (who’ll collaborate with Carlos Santana), Pitbull, and Hot Chelle Rae. The Los Angeles party will feature The Band Perry, blink-182, Florence + The Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, will.i.am, and Robin Thicke. We’ll also see a special performance by Beyoncé from the London leg of her worldwide tour. UPDATE: Watch Justin Bieber sings ‘Let It Be’ here. Watch Lady Gaga’s medley performance here. See the list of ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ best performances here.
NBC offers New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly at 10 p.m. ET. Daly’s lineup includes his Voice buddies Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton, as well as Drake, Jessie J, Tony Bennett, The Roots, and Smash star Megan Hilty. Also featured: Jimmy Fallon doing a special comedy performance from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, as well as NBC News anchor Brian Williams giving his music review of 2011.
MTV meanwhile has Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey and Demi Lovato hosting its NYE in NYC 2012 at 11 p.m. ET, with Selena Gomez, Jason Derülo, J. Cole, and Mac Miller. Here’s hoping MTV and ABC producers took my advice to block off a tiny portion of the street so Bieber and Gomez could run to each other as the clock ticked down and the million-strong crowd’s cheers swelled. Time will tell!
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Justin Bieber sings ‘Let It Be’ on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’: Watch it here!
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