Happy New Year! While we were out celebrating, many musicians hit stages across the country to help ring in 2013 in grand style. Let’s relive the magic of the eve with a few of our favorite performances:
Taylor Swift rang in the new year in Times Square, wearing a glittering red moto-jacket and black leather pants, and with just a dash of trouble. A very hyped up version of “I Knew You Were Trouble,” her new single and her foray into dub-step, that is. The chorus’ much ballyhooed about wubb-wubbs were dialed all the way up for the occasion, and matched with some impressive pyrotechnics. There was also a little calypso added to the second verse, because why not? Then she transitioned into “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” not a beat missed and the cute “this is exhausting” skit and all. And of course she and her new beau, One Direction‘s Harry Styles, sealed the night with a kiss. Aww!
Jay-Z and Chris Martin spent the evening at Jay’s shiny new Barclay’s Arena in Brooklyn. Coldplay performed a set stocked with hits like “The Scientist,” and then Jay took the stage just before midnight to perform a few of his own. Then the two BFF’s two dueted on the Hov’s classic “Lost.”
Don’t know about you, but we are already feeling nostalgic for 2012’s giddy-up craze. Before taking the stage in Times Square, Psy told MTV that his New Years Eve — and birthday, happy 35th, Psy! — performance of “Gangnam Style” would be the last because “The song became too popular.” And so he sent it out in style, inviting MC Hammer and several of the videos stars out on stage with him for an explosive maybe-last performance of his viral sensation.
Back from his holiday dalliances in the jungle, Justin Bieber celebrated the year with a spirited performance of “As Long As You Love Me.” Justin has been performing this song on the regular since Believe‘s release in June, and he’s gotten better at hitting the high notes and the dance moves at the same time. More notable, he’s gotten better at rapping along to Big Sean‘s verse, which he eagerly raps every single time. We predict that 2013 will be the year Justin finally drops his own verse.
Few had as upward a 2012 as A$AP Rocky, who began 2012 as a young Harlem rapper with a modest and internet-centric fan base and ended it with a major label album and a coterie of new A-List friends like Drake and Rihanna. Rocky celebrated with BET’s 106 & Park, where he performed “Goldie” and “F*ckin Problems.”
Ke$ha “C’mon”-ed into the new year with a typically enthused performance of her new single at MTV’s Club NYE party. Also on deck that night were NE-YO and Rita Ora. If you were looking to get rowdy, this was the show to watch.