Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve, often known just as NYRE, has been a key part of the Times Square new year's eve ball drop party for many years now, seeing in the new year to huge crowds with live performances by top stars such as Taylor Swift, One Direction and Lady Gaga. The big name headline act for new year 2017 is Mariah Carey.
This is an iconic event that has been taking place since way back in 1974, hosted initially by legendary US entertainer Dick Clark, who due to failing health was later joined by Ryan Seacrest who co-hosted the event and acted as the main anchor in Times Square until the sad passing away of Dick Clark in 2012. The event has retained the title of it's original host however, a fitting tribute to the man who made this occasion his own for so many years. The event is currently sponsored by gym specialists Planet Fitness.
Ryan Seacrest will again be the main host - he last year extended his deal with the show for a "multi-year term" so looks like he'll be at the helm for the forseeable future. He'll be joined in New York this year by Jenny McCarthy, who has the job of getting out into the crowds for the live interviews that are a key part of the show.
The lineup in Times Square this year will ne headlines by superstar Mariah Carey, with performances also by:
Gloria Estefan and stars from the Broadway musical “On Your Feet”
The Waterford Crystal ball drop button this year will be pressed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
There was talk of a segment being beamed back live from Atlantic City this year but that appears to have fallen by the wayside. Instead this has been replaced by live updates from New Orleans, where the new year party includes fireworks and a fleur de lis drop, with live music by Jason Derulo, Panic! at the Dicso and an appearance by Lucy Hale.
As previously, the west coast part of the show will be hosted by the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, who will also be performing live this year. Also joining the Billboard Hollywood new year party will be:
Niall Horan, formerly of One Direction
Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign
Get the very latest updates on the Billboard Hollywood party, including the full lineup, here.
The New Year Rockin Eve broadcast will also include a live performance by Demi Lovato streamed in live from her on stage show in St Maarten.
The ABC broadcast gets underway at 8pm New York time.
You can keep an eye on all the build up in Times Square via the Times Square webcam.
On new year's eve itself the full event will again be streamed live online, for free - watch it live here:
If you would like to find coverage from the other major US new year's eve TV broadcasts then they are also available to watch as live online streams this year, find the stream details here:
If you're planning on visiting New York for the Rockin New Year, then early reservation is strongly recommended. You can search, check availability and book local hotels here.
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