President-elect Joe Biden and Future First Lady Jill Biden will close out 2020 with an appearance during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 on ABC. The Bidens will speak with host Seacrest during the broadcast, which will be closed to the public.
“In a year marked with many challenges, we are honored that President-Elect Joe Biden and Dr. Biden will join America’s most-watched tradition – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” – to share an inspiring message as we come together to close out 2020 and look ahead with hope to 2021,” said Amy Thurlow, President, dick clark productions and Craig Erwich, president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment in a joint statement.
The 49th annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve features more than five and a half hours of dynamic performances. Seacrest returns for his 16th year as host, and will be joined by Lucy Hale and Billy Porter in Times Square. Ciara will once again oversee the Los Angeles festivities, returning to the show for her fourth year, and Big Freedia will host the 5th annual Central Time Zone celebration from New Orleans. Jennifer Lopez will headline the event from Times Square, performing minutes before the iconic ball drop, with additional performances by Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Jimmie Allen, and Machine Gun Kelly. Previously announced performers in Los Angeles include Brandy, Doja Cat, Ella Mai, En Vogue, Julia Michaels & JP Saxe, Lewis Capaldi, Maluma, Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus, Nelly, and Saweetie, and PJ Morton will give a performance of “Auld Lang Syne” from New Orleans.
Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2021 is produced by dick clark productions with Ryan Seacrest, Amy Thurlow, Barry Adelman, Mark Bracco and Linda Gierahn serving as executive producers. Larry Klein is producer. The special is being produced following national, state and local Covid-19 safety guidelines amid a nationwide surge of infections.