Happy 2016! One Direction, Carrie Underwood & More Ring In the New Year with Star-Studded Live Performances

From show-stopping performances to sweet, offstage highlights, the night is packed with fun moments you don't want to miss

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2016 arrived with a bang as the stars came out in full force to celebrate the new year – and it was quite the glittering spectacle. From show-stopping performances to sweet, offstage highlights, the night was packed with a bevy of memorable, viral moments.

The night kicked off with a sexy performance by Nick Jonas as Ryan Seacrest once again hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, broadcasting live from Time Square in New York City on ABC.

And while Seacrest went live from the Big Apple, singer Fergie hosted the Billboard Hollywood Party in Los Angeles, where the night’s headliner, One Direction, performed their single “Perfect.”

Out in L.A., Jonas sang his hit “Levels” while rocking a black leather jacket and matching jeans to kick off the night– and after, Seacrest’s co-host Jenny McCarthy promised to auction off a piece of his shirt that she tore off.

Alessia Cara and Fall Out Boy also performed in L.A, and Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth were the first to sing live from Times Square with “See You Again,” and she show was capped with a rocking finale by Carrie Underwood.

Kathy Griffin also brought her love of sass back to Times Square as she once again teamed up with Anderson Cooper to co-host CNN’s coverage of the ball drop.

The friends started their broadcast from bed, with the provocative comedian procrastinating about changing out of her leopard-print pajamas and asking the news anchor if he’d want to “open-mouth kiss Caitlyn Jenner.

And over at Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution on Fox, performer Jordin Sparks gave an update on her relationship with rapper Sage the Gemini, though they’re spending New Year’s Eve apart.

“Things are good,” she said. “He’s actually in Sacramento working on his album.”

Austin Mahone and Christina Milian also sang during Pitbull’s special.


Andy Cohen also got in on the fun (literally) with New Year’s Eve Game Night on NBC (where he sparked some chatter with a reference to Bill Cosby), and with Carson Daly taking over for his own special later on in the evening.

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