Jennifer Lopez Ends 2020 with Powerful & Emotional “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” Performance

Jennifer Lopez has ended the year as the belle of the (crystal) ball…

The 51-year-old Puerto Rican superstar closed out 2020 with a powerful and emotional performance on Thursday night, while taking the stage in New York’s Times Square.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez, who headlined the 49th annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2021 on ABC. began by standing on a 20-foot tall column with a white coat covered in six large white feathered layers that cascaded all the way to the ground. JLo donned a glittery diamond head mask before taking it off, tossing off the massive coat, and showing off a glittering tight pants and a blazer with dramatic shoulders.

While performing her latest single “In the Morning,” J.Lo took a moment to reflect on the challenging year and remember the people we lost during the pandemic.

“2020 is almost over. We made it. We made it,” she said before getting teary-eyed. “If this year taught us anything, it taught us to be grateful for what we do have — to cherish every moment. We lost too many. Too many.”

Lopez also performed a montage of her hit songs, including “Dance Again” and “Waiting for Tonight,” and delivered a dazzling cover of Aerosmith‘s “Dream On.”

“Tonight we’re going to live, we’re going to love and we’re going to dance again,” she added, referring to her 2012 song “Dance Again.” “And we’re going to keep on dreaming. Twenty years ago, I sang this song, and we never needed it more than tonight.”

In addition to Lopez, the New Years Rockin’ Eve special also featured performances by Miley CyrusBilly PorterCyndi LauperNelly and others.

Juanes to Perform on PBS’ New Year’s Eve special “United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America”

Juanes will be helping celebrate the United States’ resilience in a special way…

The 48-year-old Colombian singer/songwriter and musician will take part in PBS’ New Year’s Eve broadcast event United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America.

Juanes

Juanes, who has won a combines 26 Grammys and Latin Grammys during his career, will take part in several performance and interview segments filmed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, including a special Spanish-language rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark.

Other artists participating in the special include Josh Groban, Patti LaBelle, Yo-Yo Ma and Audra McDonald.

United in Song: Celebrating the Resilience of America will premiere on Thursday, December 31, 2020 from 8:00-9:30 pm ET and again from 9:30-11:00 pm ET (check local listings) on PBSPBS.org and the PBS Video App. 

The star-studded performance—filmed at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts—encourages the nation to come together and celebrate its irrepressible strength as the world welcomes the New Year. Despite the enormity of COVID-19 and the significant presence of social injustice, this special evening of wide-ranging music is part of the ever-present pursuit of uniting America as one.”

CNCO to Perform on NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 Special

CNCO has major plans for the New Year…

The Latin boy band will be ringing in the new year with a performance on NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 program.

CNCO

CNCO joins a roster of new additions to the lineup that includes Gwen StefaniBlake SheltonChloe x HalleJason Derulo, Kirstin Maldonado and her Pentatonix group mates.

Carson Daly will host NBC’s New Year’s Eve special live from Times Square in NYC. Amber Ruffin, the star of Peacock’s The Amber Ruffin Show and writer for Late Night With Seth Meyers, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, DJ and co-executive producer for The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will join him as co-hosts.

The star-studded lineup also includes AJRGoo Goo DollsKylie MinogueBusta Rhymes with Anderson .PaakBebe Rexha with Doja Cat, and Sting with Shirazee.

NBC’s New Year’s Eve 2021 will air on Thursday, December 31, at 10:00-11:00 pm and 11:30 pm-12:30 am. ET on NBC.

Demi Lovato Taking Part in YouTube’s Global Celebration Video “Hello 2021”

Demi Lovato is gearing up to ring in the New Year online…

YouTube will launch the New Year alongside a number of Hollywood names, including the 28-year-old half-Mexican singer/actress, with its global celebration video Hello 2021.

Demi Lovato

In addition to Lovato, the video will feature appearances by Matthew McConaugheyRuPaul and Storm Reid, Dua Lipa, J Balvin and more.

The video will premiere in the Americas, United Kingdom, Korea, Japan and India.

“With the world ready to move past an extremely challenging year, YouTube will use its global reach to celebrate the hope and promise of 2021,” said Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s Global Head of Original Content. “We look forward to closing the book on 2020 and throwing a worldwide celebration that our YouTube community can safely enjoy from home.”

Set to feature speeches, musical performances and dance parties, Hello 2021 has a lineup of five different shows and will celebrate the year’s most notable videos across the globe, from the David Blaine Ascension to HBCU Homecoming.

The Hello 2021 announcement comes nearly a month after YouTube announced that it would not go forward with its annual Rewind video.

Rewind was always meant to be a celebration of you. But 2020 has been different,” an official YouTube statement said. “And it doesn’t feel right to carry on as if it weren’t. So, we’re taking a break from Rewind this year.”

The global countdown spectacular is produced by Fremantle and will air at various times on Decemnber 31. See the details for each showing below.

“Hello 2021: Americas” – It’s a virtual New Year’s Eve bash across the Americas only YouTube can throw. Hosts Juanpa Zurita and Storm Reid welcome celebrity guests including Matthew McConaughey, Demi Lovato, RuPaul, Emma Chamberlain and the D’Amelio Family; one-of-a-kind musical performances from Dua Lipa, J Balvin, YG, Karol G and Kane Brown; YouTube stars Larray, Marques Brownlee, Dude Perfect, Brad Mondo, ZHC and the Dolan Twins; and more as the clock runs out on a year we’ll never forget, and we say “Hello 2021.” More names to be announced soon. The celebration premieres Thursday, December 31 at 10:30pm ET / 7:30pm PT on the YouTube Originals channel.

“Hello 2021: UK” – At 10:30pm GMT on December 31 on the YouTube Originals Channel, make sure and join the UK’s favorite YouTube creators, artists and comedians for a party worth staying in for. The guest list includes Behzinga, Big Narstie, Katherine Ryan, Michael Coel, Kurupt FM, Yammy, WillNE, Holly H, Natasia Demetriou and many more. The event will also feature the biggest tunes of 2020 performed live as musical guests Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie, MNEK w/ Joel Corry and Aitch & AJ Tracey get the party started with some exclusive live performances.

“Hello 2021: Korea” – At 11:00pm KST on December 31 on YouTube Korea Spotlight Channel, YouTube creators and artists in South Korea will join their hosts Sechan Yang and Jesung Hwang in an intimate celebration to recognize and thank creators and artists who helped Korean audiences to stay happy and healthy during the unprecedented year. Lineup includes top and rising creators and artists, including GGILGGIL Market, Tester Hoon, Balming Tiger, and more.

“Hello 2021: Japan” – At 11:45pm JST on December 31, tune into never-before-seen special edition quiz show from Japan to test your knowledge on 2020 YouTube trends and trivias, joining top creators Tokai On Air, Puritto Channel, Emirin, Paparapys, Skypeace, Vamyun, Dekakin, Hanaodengan, M.S.S Project, along with hosts Orutana Channel and Mochizuki Rie on YouTube Japan Spotlight Channel.

Hello 2021: India” – Starting at 11pm IST on December 3 on YouTube India Spotlight Channel,  “Hello 2021: India” will bring together the biggest and most buzzworthy music, comedy and Bollywood talent as part of the 60-minute countdown to the New Year, including a performance from Dua Lipa. Some of India’s biggest names including Tiger Shroff, Badshah, Zakir Khan, Jonita Gandhi, Benny Dayal, Aastha Gill and more will bring together a fun-filled New Year’s Eve party.

Mariah Carey Returning to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest

Mariah Carey is getting a second chance…

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer will return to the scene of her infamous major malfunction in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, agreeing to another performance this year for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.

Mariah Carey 

Carey was the victim of an alleged technical malfunction when she appeared on the globally televised program in 2016-17, though her bizarre off-camera demeanor made others question whether sound was the issue. Carey wound up walking around the stage without singing in what many described as a meltdown.

A representative for Carey blamed Dick Clark Productions. saying “production set her up to fail”; DCP called that claim “absurd.”

This year, Carey will take another stab at performing in the New Year’s Eve celebration, taking the stage at 11:45 p.m.

Carey recently changed managers, and the switch to Roc Nation might have prompted the return.

Other performers scheduled to appear include Camila Cabello, Nick Jonas and Sugarland. Britney Spears will appear for a remote cameo from Las Vegas.

Vergara to Star in the Revenge Thriller “Bent”

Sofia Vergara is getting bent into shape…

The 44-year-old Colombian American has been cast as one of the leads in the revenge thriller Bent.

Sofia Vergara

From AMBI Media Group / Deadly Codes Productions, the film will also star Karl Urban, and Andy Garcia as leads in the film/

Written and directed by Bobby Moresco, based on characters created by Joseph O’Donnell, Bent follows Danny Gallagher (Urban), a shamed and discredited narcotics detective who, upon his release from prison, makes plans to seek revenge on the accuser who framed him and killed his partner. Through his quest, Gallagher is forced to confront a ruthless, seductive government agent (Vergara), who may or may not be on his side; and his mentor (Garcia), a retired cop who’s fought corruption his entire career.

The film is set to begin filming in Rome this month.

Vergara, best known for her critically acclaimed role on ABC’s Modern Family, has starred in the films The Smurfs, New Year’s Eve, Happy Feet Two,The Three Stooges, Escape from Planet Earth, Machete Kills, Chef and Hot Pursuit.

Freixenet Releases New Ad Featuring Bisbal’s New English Song “Closer Tonight”

David Bisbal is coming out swinging

The 35-year-old Spanish pop star has released his new English-language song “Closer Tonight” in a New Year’s Eve ad for Freixenet. The track with a jazz hot vibe will be included on a gold edition of his album Tu y Yo, which is set for release on December 9.

David Bisbal's Freixenet Ad

In a black tie and with his signature curls slicked down, Bisbal is front and center in the glitzy spot that celebrates the 100th anniversary of sparkling wine leader.

Flappers dressed in gold-fringed mini dresses start a party in a wine cellar that continues through the decades until 2014, when the dancers join Bisbal at an outdoor party wearing sequined leotards with hoodies.

Young Spanish actress Maria Valverde, featured in Ridley Scott’s upcoming Exodus: Gods and Kings, also stars in the ad, which was released on Freixenet’s YouTube channel late Tuesday night (Nov. 25).

The New Year’s cava commercial was directed by Goya Award winner Kike Maíllo, who also directed a fictional film based on Bisbal’s Tu y Yo tour that debuted earlier this year.

The ad was filmed at Freixenet’s headquarters outside of Barcelona. Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut is the world’s best-selling champagne-method sparkling wine, according to the brand.

Bisbal, known for his romantic ballads, has a lot to celebrate this year. Tu y Yo, the artist’s fifth studio album, debuted at No. 1 in Spain and was immediately certified double platinum for shipments of over 80,000 copies.

Bisbal is currently on a Latin American tour that culminates with December 14 concert in Madrid. He’ll take part in Televisa’s Canal de las Estrellas channel’s New Year’s Eve countdown, broadcast on December 31.

Pitbull to Host Live New Year’s Eve Special on Fox

Pitbull has officially cemented his New Year’s Eve plans…

The 33-year-old Cuban American rap superstar will count down to 2015 with Fox, reaching a deal for Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution special.

Pitbull

Hosted by the “Timber” singer and produced by Endemol, the special will air live on Wednesday, December 31 from 8:00-10:00 pm ET live (CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).

The project is aimed at potentially launching a New Year’s Eve franchise for Fox with Pitbull similar to ABC’s Rockin’ Evewith Ryan Seacrest and NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly.

The show will feature performances by Pitbull and various musicians, DJs, and celebrities and will take place in his hometown of Miami, FL.

“The world needs to get ready to un-mute New Year’s Eve, because we are taking the party from the Big Apple to the Pineapple,” says Pitbull in a statement about his new project. “New Year’s Eve is officially in Miami and hosted by yours truly, Mr. Worldwide. P.S. Whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but whatever happens in Miami never happened, Daleee!”

Sotomayor to Participate in Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

Prepare for justice this New Year… Justice Sonia Sotomayor, that is.

The 59-year-old Puerto Rican U.S. Supreme Court justice, the first Hispanic justice, will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball during this year’s annual celebration, according to organizers.

Sonia Sotomayor

Sotomayor, who was appointed to the court in 2009, is a native of the Bronx.

The giant New Year’s Eve ball is covered in more than 2,600 crystal triangles and lit from within by more than 32,000 lights.

The ball drop will be covered live on networks including ABC, NBC, Fox and CNN.

Lovato Scores Three Teen Choice Award Nominations…

The second wave of 2012 Teen Choice Awards nominations have been announced and Demi Lovato leads the pack of Latino nominees.

The 19-year-old part-Mexican singer/actress and new X Factor judge received three nods this round. She’s nominated for Choice Summer Music Star: Female, Choice Love Song and Choice Summer Song.

Lovato had previously received a nomination for Choice Twit, bringing her grand total of  Teen Choice Awards nominations to four.

But Lovato’s late surge wasn’t enough to move past Jennifer Lopez as the overall top Latino nominee.

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican singer/actress received an additional nod this round in the Choice Summer Music Star: Female category, bringing her Teen Choice Awards nomination total to six.

Other Latino/a nominees in this second wave include: Lea Michele, Noomi Rapace, Tyler Posey, Michael Trevino, Lana Parrilla, Francia Raisa and Pitbull.

Meanwhile, previously announced nominees Selena Gomez and Victoria Justice are some of the first presenters announced by event organizers.

The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, July 22 on Fox. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on July 21.

Here’s a look at all the Latino/a nominees and their competition:

Choice Movie Scene Stealer: Female
Elizabeth Banks, The Hunger Games
Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Lea Michele, New Year’s Eve
Nikki Reed, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
Nicole Scherzinger, Men In Black 3

Choice Movie Breakout
Sam Claflin, Snow White & The Huntsman
Julianne Hough, Rock of Ages
Joe Manganiello, What to Expect When You’re Expecting
Noomi Rapace, Prometheus
Rihanna, Battleship

Choice Summer TV Star: Male
Ken Baumann, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Baby Daddy
Michael Ealy, Common Law
Daren Kagasoff, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Tyler Posey, Teen Wolf

Choice TV Villain
Joseph Morgan, The Vampire Diaries
Lana Parrilla, Once Upon a Time
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars
Krysten Ritter, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Michelle Trachtenberg, Gossip Girl

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer
Candice Accola, The Vampire Dairies
Dianna Agron, Glee
Sarah Hyland, Modern Family
Francia Raisa, The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Casey Wilson, Happy Endings

Choice TV Male Scene Stealer
Max Greenfield, New Girl
Gabriel Mann, Revenge
Michael Trevino, The Vampire Diaries
James Van Der Beek, Don’t Trust the B— in Apt. 23
Damon Wayans Jr., Happy Endings

MUSIC

Choice Summer Song
“All Around the World,” Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
“Call Me Maybe,” Carly Rae Jepsen
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Glad You Came,” The Wanted
“Scream,” Usher

Choice Love Song
“Die In Your Arms,” Justin Bieber
Give Your Heart a Break,” Demi Lovato
“Home,” Phillip Phillips
“I Won’t Give Up,” Jason Mraz
“What Makes You Beautiful,” One Direction

Choice Summer Music Star: Female
Carly Rae Jepsen
Jennifer Lopez
Demi Lovato
Katy Perry
Rihanna

Choice Summer Music Star: Male
Justin Bieber
Flo Rida
David Guetta
Pitbull
Usher