New Year's Eve 2016: A Music Viewing Guide

Times Square in New York City
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Times Square in New York City on Dec. 29, 2016.

New Year’s Eve is always a time to celebrate, and this year people are more excited than ever to send 2016 out the door. So whether you’re staying in and relaxing or celebrating with friends and family, these programs and musical performances will help make the night that much better.

8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Primetime) and 11:30 p.m. to 2:13 a.m. -- Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest

This tried-and-true New Year’s Eve tradition will be occurring all over, with New York featuring live performances from Mariah Carey, DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan, including the cast of her Broadway musical On Your Feet!

Holding it down in New Orleans is Jason Derulo and Panic! At The Disco, while Demi Lovato takes the stage in St. Marteen, and Lionel Richie in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the Billboard Hollywood Party will have performers such as Alessia Cara, G-Eazy, John Legend, Mike Posner, Bebe Rexha, Hailee Steinfeld, and many more.

10 p.m. to 11 p.m. -- Late Night with Seth Meyers New Year's Eve Special

Seth Meyers is not holding back for his first New Year’s Eve Special, featuring a star-studded lineup. To help him celebrate, Jennifer Lawrence, new Celebrity Apprentice host Arnold Schwarzenegger and Saturday Night Live’s hilarious Leslie Jones will be stopping by.

Meanwhile, Kelly Clarkson will put on a special performance of "It's Quiet Uptown" from The Hamilton Mixtape.

11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. -- New Year's Eve with Carson Daly

Following Meyers, Daly will be hosting his special for the 14th time, along with co-host Melanie Brown -- from America's Got Talent and the Spice Girls.

This year’s show will feature performances by Jennifer Lopez, Pentatonix and The Voice coaches Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

Billboard Year in Music 2016

8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. -- New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin

This duo will be keep tabs across the country, checking in with correspondents in Nashville, Miami, Dallas, and New Orleans. Keith Urban will be performing live in Nashville at Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight.

11 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. -- Pitbull's New Year's Revolution

Pitbull will be keeping the party going, hosting live from Miami with his co-hosts Queen Latifah and Snoop Dogg. The show will include appearances and performances from Biz Markie, Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Young MC, and more.

10 p.m. to 2 a.m. -- Nicki Minaj: Live from Brooklyn

BET will be exclusively airing Minaj’s Barclay's Center performance from her stop on The Pinkprint Tour, with behind-the-scenes footage and unaired interviews.

Times Square New Year's Eve Webcast
6 p.m. to 12 a.m. -- Times Square New Year’s Eve Live

Hosted by Jonathan Bennett (of Mean Girls and Cake Wars), the webcast will also include headliners Gavin DeGraw and Rachel Platten, as well as performances from Silent√≥ and for the first New Year, New Voices section, Jojo Abot. You can stream the live webcast at and


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