Jennifer Lopez will help ring in the New Year with a special performance during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021. J.Lo joined Seacrest on-air on Tuesday, December 5, to announce she’ll be headlining the evening alongside previously announced performers Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Nelly and Jimmie Allen.
Porter and Lauper, who worked together on the award-winning Broadway music Kinky Boots, will reunite on the night for a duet. Porter also returns to help host the annual event.
“I’m excited not to just perform the song [‘In the Morning’] for the first time, but also just to be there for New Year’s in a year that's been so tough,” Jennifer shared on-air. “… And just rep for everybody. I’m excited.”
Hosts Seacrest, Lucy Hale and Porter will hold down the fort socially safe and distanced in Times Square while Ciara will be in Los Angeles again. The countdown to 2021 kicks off on ABC at 8/7c on December 31. The celebrations will be closed to the public this year given the global COVID-19 pandemic and socially safe distance guidelines.
“2020 has been a trying year for the world and I’m thrilled to have Billy and Lucy join me in ushering in a new year with fresh beginnings,” Seacrest previously shared via press release. “We look forward to making sure it’s a night for everyone to remember.”
This year’s virtual celebration marks the 49th anniversary of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and will continue to feature a bevy of live performances. Country crooner Jessie James Decker will return as Powerball correspondent for the second year, revealing the Powerball First Millionaire of the Year winner just after midnight on January 1, 2021.
Stay tuned for more announcements to come.
Listen back to the full interview for more from Jennifer, including to hear why she dropped that jaw-dropping cover art image ahead of Thanksgiving and more from the songstress!