Dick Clark: 40 Years of 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

From Rick James to Mariah Carey to Justin Bieber, take a look back at the performers who helped the TV legend party it up

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1979: RICK JAMES

1979: RICK JAMES
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Rick James first hit the stage of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve in 1979, the show's seventh consecutive year on the air. He made two more appearances in the '80s, memorably performing "Superfreak" in 1982.

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1984: BOY GEORGE

1984: BOY GEORGE
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In the wake of their chart-topping sophomore album, Colour by Numbers, Boy George and Culture Club rocked Los Angeles with "Karma Chameleon."

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1986: NEW YORK

1986: NEW YORK
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Hands up! Host-with-the-most Clark took time out to mingle with the crowds during the 1986 broadcast, which saw couple Wayne and Vicki Chew marrying on-air.

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1986: THE JUDDS

1986: THE JUDDS
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Mother-daughter duo Naomi and Wynonna Judd – aka the Judds – introduced the Rockin' Eve audience to their country stylings with performances of "Rockin' with the Rhythm" and "Have Mercy."

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1987: SMOKEY ROBINSON

1987: SMOKEY ROBINSON
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With his career back on track, William "Smokey" Robinson kicked off the New Year by belting out "Because of You" and "Love Will Set You Free" from Los Angeles; that same year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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1998: KISS

1998: KISS
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In a rare appearance sans signature makeup and costumes, KISS still managed to bring down the house with "Rock and Roll All Nite" and "Makin' Love."

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1998: SPICE GIRLS

1998: SPICE GIRLS
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Clark got a taste of Ginger (Geri Halliwell), Scary (Melanie Brown), Sporty (Melanie Chisholm), Baby (Emma Bunton) and Posh (Victoria Beckham) when the Spice Girls capped off the success of their second album, Spiceworld, with a trio of performances on Rockin' Eve.

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2005: BILLY IDOL

2005: BILLY IDOL
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No shirt, no problem! Billy Idol let out a rebel yell while performing "White Wedding" and "Scream" from Rockin' Eve's L.A. base.

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2006: MARIAH CAREY

2006: MARIAH CAREY
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Mariah Carey happily showed her support for Clark as he made his return to Rockin' Eve two years after suffering a stroke. "I wouldn't have missed this for the world," he said.

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2009: TAYLOR, LIONEL, THE JOBROS & DEMI

2009: TAYLOR, LIONEL, THE JOBROS & DEMI
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Awk-ward! Taylor Swift watched the ball drop in N.Y.C. alongside ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, his brothers Nick and Kevin, Lionel Richie and Demi Lovato, who went on to date Joe in 2010.

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2010: BLACK EYED PEAS

2010: BLACK EYED PEAS
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Taking on double duty as host and entertainer, Fergie emceed the Las Vegas portion of Rockin' Eve before hitting the stage with Black Eyed Peas bandmates Taboo, Will.i.am and apl.de.ap to perform "Rock that Body."

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2010: SELENA & JUSTIN

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A year before the lovebirds went public with their romance, Justin Bieber serenaded Selena Gomez with "One Less Lonely Girl" in Las Vegas.

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2010: J.LO & RYAN

2010: J.LO & RYAN
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At the behest of host Ryan Seacrest, Jennifer Lopez marked the start of 2011 with a live performance from Times Square, donning a curve-hugging catsuit that Seacrest said "made my year."

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