Sheryl Crow and Usher headline New Year's Eve in New Orleans

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December 10, 2019 - 11:34 am
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Two huge names in music are coming to New Orleans to help usher in the new year.

"Sheryl Crow and Usher will perform on 'Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020' live from the Allstate Fan Fest in New Orleans," according to a news release.

The countdown show on ABC TV will broadcast partially from the New Orleans riverfront.

The nation will see the "stunning fleur-de-lis drop at midnight to ring in the New Year."

New Orleans represents the Central Time Zone on the show that features broadcasts and performances from different locations. 

The news release says "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2020” is marking its 48th anniversary of America’s biggest celebration of the year.

It "will include 5 ½ hours of special performances and reports on New Year’s celebrations from around the globe. In addition to Billy Porter hosting live in New Orleans, Ryan Seacrest will continue his reign as host of the primetime festivities for his 15th year and lead the traditional countdown to midnight from Times Square in New York City, joined by newly announced co-host, Lucy Hale. Ciara will once again ring in the New Year from the West Coast as the host of the Hollywood Party which will feature performances from herself, as well as Paula Abdul, Kelsea Ballerini, Blanco Brown, Dan + Shay, Green Day, Dua Lipa, Ava Max, Megan Thee Stallion, Anthony Ramos, Salt-N-Pepa and SHAED."

Louisiana and New Orleans officials applauded the announcement.

“We in New Orleans pride ourselves on being both a welcoming city and a world-class destination, which makes us the perfect city to welcome the New Year – and a world-class TV production to showcase our festivities for the world to see,” said Mayor LaToya Cantrell. “We are beyond excited to welcome a Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning entertainer in Billy Porter as our new host. We want everyone to join us to watch the Fleur de Lis drop and help us usher in a New Year and a new decade.”

“In Louisiana, we know how to celebrate like nowhere else. New Orleans is a world class destination and we are proud to welcome visitors from around the world as we ring in the New Year on live television for the third straight year during ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.’ This is a great way to highlight New Orleans and Louisiana at a time when people can begin to think of where they may like to travel in the new year. We couldn’t afford to pay for the amount of publicity this event brings to Louisiana,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. 

“The excitement of the new year ahead combined with the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl pageantry come together once again with awesome music and a fireworks extravaganza on the banks of the Mississippi River in New Orleans,” said Mark Romig, President/CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “I wish to thank the thousands of hospitality workers and other key stakeholders, including Allstate Sugar Bowl, the City of New Orleans, New Orleans & Company, the Office of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Dick Clark Productions for helping make this a very special holiday season in our city.”

The Sugar Bowl is also a partner.

“We’re proud to again join Allstate and other community partners to bring the national spotlight to New Orleans on New Year’s Eve,” said Allstate Sugar Bowl CEO Jeff Hundley.  “With performances by Sheryl Crow and Usher, fans in town for the Allstate Sugar Bowl are going to be treated to a New Year’s experience second to none. It’s going to be fun to be a part of it all.”
 

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