The co-hosts discuss the "balance" of acknowledging the challenges of the year while also creating a fun show.
New Year's Eve might be different this year, but one thing remains the same: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest will still broadcast live from New York's Times Square as always -- albeit without the typical shoulder-to-shoulder crowd.
On Wednesday (Dec. 30), Billboard caught up with Seacrest and his Rockin' Eve co-host Lucy Hale to talk all about this year's modified celebration -- where Jennifer Lopez will headline from Times Square, alongside Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Machine Gun Kelly and more artists performing across parties in NYC, Hollywood and New Orleans.
"In thinking about the balance of what we wanted to do, we obviously want to acknowledge what a challenging year this has been for so many people who haven't been able to work or have had to work from home or haven't had the chance to see friends and family," Seacrest tells Billboard News' Tetris Kelly. "But at the same time, we want to create some normalcy, we want to create some fun, we want to create the New Year's Eve that we love with the ball dropping and look forward to the new year. So there will be that respect for what we've been through and we'll celebrate those people who are working on the front lines, but we're also going to have a show you can turn up the volume to and enjoy and have a cocktail or glass of champagne to as well."