If you read yesterday, you’d know that I posted the best performances from New Years with Ke$ha and Willow Smith stealing the show, and Avril Lavigne premiering a new single. Well in case you were interested, here’s a complete list of everyone else who was working on the holiday.
American Idol runner-up David Archuletta gave a rare performance of the two singles from his struggling sophomore album The Other Side of Down, including the title track and “Elevator” on FOX.
Electronic duo La Roux capitalized on their popularity in 2010 by performing the only hit to their name “Bulletproof” on Dick Clark.
Taio Cruz took a page from Ke$ha by also performing a medley of his new single “Higher” (which is a must listen if you haven’t heard it yet) and his #1 single “Dynamite” on Dick Clark as well.
The Young Money label was represented on New Years with performances from Nicki Minaj performing her new single “Save Me” looking like a bear with a multicolored wig on, Lil Wayne performed his new single “6 Foot, 7 Foot” (a.k.a. “A Milli” on crack) and “Right Above It” both with the Empire State Building as the backdrop. Drake also got two performances with “Show Me A Good Time” and “Fancy.”
Washed up Hot boybands New Kids On The Block and The Backstreet Boys performed a medley of their hits on Dick Clark (does anyone else still yearn for Kevin to be back with BSB?)
My Chemical Romance got the chance to show off their lead singer’s new Christmas-inspired bright red do with performances of “Na Na Na Na Na” and “Sing.”
Another American Idol runner-up got the chance to shine with Katherine McPhee performing what has now become a somewhat signature song for with “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” which truly is the performance to check out if you’re going to watch one with Katherine not only sounding beautiful vocally, but with the snow falling and midtown New York City in the background; its a lovely performance all around.
And what proved to be the most awkward “performance” of the night, Mariah Carey decided to give an appearance via greenscreen to give what FOX called the “worldwide” premiere of “Auld Lang Syne – The New Year’s Anthem,” which she so obviously wants to become another song to become another holiday anthem like “All I Want For Christmas.” Regardless of intention, I’m sure people were more confused by watching pregnant Mariah sing in front of fireworks in a Las Vegas sky while the video editor moves Mariah around Sim. I’m sure if you’d call this a music video, but it wouldn’t be the first time Mariah sang in front of a green screen and called it a music video (see: I Want To Know What Love Is also known as one of the most ridiculous music videos of 2009).
Did you have a favorite performance from New Years? Check out all the performances mentioned above in the mega post below:
[Note: Flo Rida and Greyson Chance also performed at these specials, but one of the intentions of this blog is to post about high quality music. Take that as you will.]