For nearly forty years, Dick Clark has helped us ring in the New Year with his beloved ABC special Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. He was a huge music fan, and in addition to hosting the popular dance show American Bandstand back when our parents were kids, he had some of the best music acts perform each year during his NYE special. Dick passed away from a heart attack yesterday, and we wanted to pay tribute by putting the spotlight on some of the amazing performances that his show allowed us to watch on the last day of every year. And they are…
Nicki Minaj, 2011
“Super Bass” was one of our absolute faves last year, and Nicki seriously owned that stage!
If 2011 had an anthem… it would have been “Party Rock Anthem.” Admit it, you totally tried to shuffle while watching this. We sure did.
Willow Smith, 2010
We almost forgot all about this song! “Whip My Hair” is SO catchy, and this performance had our jaws dropping over how awesome Willow is on stage!
Justin Bieber, 2010
Okay, we love Justin’s swag and fresh haircut now, but we also love watching his old performances and remembering why we fell for him in the first place. This performance is a Biebs classic.
Avril Lavigne, 2010
“Hey, hey, you, you, I don’t like your girlfriend!” We totally remember jumping up and singing along to this performance two years ago. You?
Taylor Swift, 2008
It’s hard to believe that “Love Story” happened over three years ago. #nostalgia
Jonas Brothers, 2008
We can’t be the only ones that miss these guys like crazy, right?! We’ll always have the words to “Burning Up” burned into our brains… and we’re totally not complaining!
Which of these performances were your favorites? Do you think Ryan Seacrest will do as amazing a job as Dick did hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve?