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Throwback Thursday: Mariah Carey & Hilary Duff Rocked New Year's Eve 10 Years Ago

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Mariah Carey performs live on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 2005. 

Do you remember where you were on New Year’s Eve 10 years ago? No? We don’t blame you. YouTube was less than a year old, and we were still six months away from the birth of Twitter. Snapchat and Instagram? Please. For modern day archaeologists of the internet, it’s hard enough to piece together what happened when the ball dropped on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2006.

We do know that Hilary Duff performed some songs:

And the Pussycat Dolls performed, too. (The quality of the video is about that of a camcorder held up to a television screen, but remember, 2005). 

But the 2005-06 campaign really was a watershed year for the annual New York City New Year’s extravaganza. Dick Clark returned to his longtime post after a stroke made him sit out the previous year. His speech was hampered, but he powered through, announcing several acts and providing the voiceover for the final midnight countdown. Clark wasn’t about to back down, but he did have some help on set. Ryan Seacrest (who hosted Fox's New Year's show the year before)? shared hosting duties on the ABC edition for the first time, a position that's now completely his (Jenny McCarthy since became the Times Square correspondent).

And then there was Mariah Carey. This was eight months since the release of her massive comeback The Emancipation of Mimi, so of course she got some prime stage time. About 15 minutes before midnight, Mariah Carey performed the album's first three singles -- "It's Like That," "Shake It Off," and "We Belong Together" -- from a stage right in the middle of Times Square. She was the first artist to do so. 

According to IMDB, the motley crew of Sean Paul, Chris Brown, 3 Doors Down, Sugarland, and the Bangles also performed, presumably not together. We could not track down any videos, however, so maybe it was all one big collab. Does anyone really remember 2005? 

This year, Dick Clark's New Year’s Rockin’ Eve will run for the 43rd consecutive year. Clark passed away in 2012, but the show still bares his namesake. Seacrest, now 13 years since the launch of American Idol, is the host. He still looks young. You’re getting old. MySpace as we know it is no more, and you’ll never lay eyes on your top eight again. 

You said it, Hilary: 

 

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