What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?: Pop Star Performance Preview

Idolator Staff | December 31, 2011 10:52 am

Well, pop music fans, it’s that time again. Time to say goodbye to what’s past and look ahead to something fresh. Maybe you plan to party like it’s 1999, or maybe you’re spending a cozy evening indoors away from the debauchery. If your answer is the latter, thank your lucky (pop) stars that performers like Nicki Minaj, Drake, Selena Gomez, Lady Gaga, and Jessie J are painting the town to ensure those of us sitting home when the ball drops still have a magnificent time. You likely have seen the viral video of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”, and if that inquiry is lingering in your mind regarding your favorite musical acts, find your answer below.

The most musical bang for your buck can be found at the ABC holiday mainstay Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (8 PM), co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest, which starts incredibly early yet still goes very late. It will unfortunately not feature any musicians you’ve ever heard of — just Lady Gaga, LMFAO, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Hot Chelle Rae, Gym Class Heroes, Pitbull, will.i.am, Florence + The Machine — and, rumor has it, an appearance from a still-preggers Beyonce. Fergie will also present a segment looking back at the best performances in the show’s history. Rockin’, indeed.

But if all that’s a little too much for you, perhaps NBC’S New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly (10 PM) is more your scene. Carson’s got a rather rockin’ lineup of his own to share, with performances by Drake, Jessie J, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green,and Tony Bennett, along with a look back at the year in music (if you didn’t get quite enough in our coverage of such things).

BET’s 106th & Party (11 PM) naturally features a more hip hop-flavored lineup including Young Jeezy, Yelawolf, Tyga, Waka Flocka Flame, and B.o.B., if that’s your preference.

And if none of that quite does it for you, maybe MTV’s NYE In NYC (11 PM) will capture the frigid excitement of Times Square for you. Co-hosted by Demi Lovato, the broadcast will feature live sets from Selena Gomez, Jason Derulo, and J. Cole.

So let’s hear it — what are you doing New Year’s Eve?