Drake, Megan Hilty, Jessie J, New Year's Eve With Carson Daly
Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Drake, British superstar Jessie J, NBC's "The Voice" musician coach and three-time Grammy nominee Blake Shelton, "The Voice" musician coach and Grammy Award-nominated artist Cee Lo Green, NBC's "Smash" star Megan Hilty, four-time Grammy-winning band The Roots and 15-time Grammy Award winner Tony Bennett will help usher in 2012 on "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly."
Highlighting a few of the show's segments will be "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" host Jimmy Fallon doing a special comedy performance from the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, as well as NBC News anchor BrIan Williams giving his music review of 2011. Daly will also count down the five top "game-changers" of 2011 -- one of which will feature NBC Sports' Bob Costas. Many NBC stars will be passing along some of their own New Year's Eve greetings, including "Golden Globe Awards" host Ricky Gervais.
"There is no better place to be in the world on New Year's Eve than in Times Square," said Daly. "I look forward to this night all year - to ring in the New Year with millions of people across the country - it's a blast!"
The two-hour special will air live on Saturday, December 31, beginning in primetime from 10-11 p.m. (ET), and continue at 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. (ET) with the countdown to 2012 and the first performances of the New Year. "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly" will broadcast in high definition from the middle of the world's most famous New Year's Eve destination -- Times Square in New York City.
For the most up to date New Year's Eve and backstage news, Daly will also live tweet the event from @carsonjdaly using the hashtag #NBCNYE.
J.B. Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and NBC's "Today" correspondent Amy Robach will help Daly's coverage of the celebration with live reports from the heart of Times Square among the one-million spectators.
On New Year's Eve 2010, 8.8 million viewers tuned in to watch "NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." The annual special delivered its second-highest ratings since its inception in 2004.
Released in November 2011, Drake's second studio album "Take Care" debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart at #1 and was the biggest first-week SoundScan tally of Drake's career, with over 630,000 units sold. The eagerly anticipated album was the third-highest-selling debut of 2011 -- clocking in behind Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (1.1 million sold) and label president and mentor Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" (964,000) - in which Drake also sang. "Take Care" arrived to a chorus of acclaim from critics and consumers alike with Rolling Stone raving that Drake "seamlessly blends those genres (pop, R&B, rap) in fluid, rich tracks," and the New York Times anointEd Drake as "hip-hop's current center of gravity."