Melissa Etheridge to Perform at Times Square New Year's Eve Celebration
Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve, today announced that Melissa Etheridge will perform her new song, Uprising of Love, and a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine during the 2014 Times Square New Year's Eve celebration. She joins the official event lineup featuring live performances by Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Blondie, Icona Pop, Jencarlos Canela, El Dasa and Rodney Atkins. A spectacular Chinese cultural performance featuring Kung Fu and a colorful fan dance will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m. EST.
Etheridge's new song was an inspiration for Uprising of Love, a movement she co-founded to support Russian organizations working for long-term change in the status and treatment of the LGBT community.
Melissa Etheridge said, "It's an honor to have the chance to sing one of the most iconic songs during such a magical, annual event in Time Square on New Year's Eve. What an amazing and uplifting way to start 2014!"
The celebration will also feature an exclusive trailer of The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, featuring Times Square footage, at 10:50 p.m. Special New Year's Eve video greetings from cast members, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, and the legendary Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man will be shown at the top of each hour.
On New Year's Eve, approximately one million revelers will fill New York City's Times Square and more than one billion worldwide are expected to tune in on television for the historic Times Square New Year's Eve Ball Drop.
"We are ringing in the new year with some of the biggest talent from 2013," said Tim Tompkins, President of the Times Square Alliance. "These performances at the Crossroads of the World will be a celebration of some of the best of pop culture."
"We are excited to have such amazing performers share the spotlight with the New Year's Eve Ball as we ring in 2014," said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment.
Times Square 2014 LIVE performances on Nivea Countdown and Kiss stages:
- Miley Cyrus performs on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"
- Blondie performs on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"
- Icona Pop performs on ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest"
- Melissa Etheridge performs classic hits I'm the Only One and Bring Me Some Water during the 9 p.m. hour. She will also perform her new song, Uprising of Love and John Lennon's Imagine before the Ball drops at midnight
- Jencarlos Canela performs on Univision's, "¡Feliz 2014!"
- El Dasa performs on Univision's, "¡Feliz 2014!"
- Rodney Atkins performs on Fox News Channel's "All American New Year"
- The USO Show Troupe performs their popular A Military Salute to honor our Armed Forces on the Nivea Kiss Stage
- The Sino-American Friendship Association ("SAFA") presents a Chinese cultural performance
Times Square 2014 LIVE Hourly Countdowns Presented by: