New Year’s celebrations returned in full force in 2023 as crowds celebrated from New York to Miami.
Hundreds of thousands of people braved the rain in New York City to watch the iconic ball drop in Times Square.
In Miami, Miley Cyrus celebrated, performing her hit Midnight Rain with Fletcher, which many are calling “the best performance of the night.”
Fans went wild over the two pop stars’ duet, with one viewer tweeting: “Put this Fletcher/Miley duet in a bottle so I can drink it.”
Miley also performed with Sia, Paris Hilton and her godmother/co-host Dolly Parton. Dolly and Miley opened with a cover of I Love Rock & Roll in matching cheetah outfits.
In New York City, fans were outraged by CNN’s alcohol ban for hosts, with many on social media pleading: “Let them drink!
Andy Cohen, 54, with co-host Anderson Cooper admitted: “We can’t drink,” before adding, “but that’s OK.”
Stay tuned to our New Year’s Eve TV blog for news and updates…
Liza Koshy’s pants ripped during Rockin Eve rehearsals
During the preparation of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve, Liza Koshy introduced a special sense of comedy.
Her teddy bear-print pants ripped at the crotch seams on Friday, and the YouTuber gave a behind-the-scenes look at her rehearsals for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Eve Rockin’ Eve.
Despite the wardrobe mishap, Koshy continued to work out, even “crashing” to the ground in Times Square while wearing a knitted beige fur coat and matching turtleneck.
Koshy wrote his story: “pov: your pants are giving up on you.
She will host Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, Billy Porter, Ciara and more tonight.
The best New Year’s scenes in movies
There aren’t many movies that depict New Year’s celebrations, so MovieWeb has compiled a list of the best New Year’s scenes in movies, including:
- High School Musical
- When Harry met Sally
- Forrest Gump
- Bridget Jones’s Diary
- New Years Eve
- The Godfather: Part II
The tradition of the ball in Times Square
New Year’s Eve revelers first gathered in Times Square in 1904, but it wasn’t until 1907 that the first New Year’s Eve ball descended on Times Square.
The ball has seven variations that have been created to usher in the new year.
With the exception of 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was postponed due to the “blackout” of lights in New York City during the war, the ball has been dropped every year since 1907.
Despite this, people continued to gather in Times Square to celebrate the New Year with a moment of silence and bells from sound cars parked at the base of the tower.
Despite the rain, crowds flocked to NYC
Despite the rain, hundreds of thousands still turned out in Times Square to watch the ball drop.
NYE Highlights: Andy & Anderson
Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper hosted CNN’s NYE broadcast.
Even with the ban on alcohol, the banter between them still drew laughs.
NYE Highlights: Quinta Brunson
Abbott Elementary star Quinta Brunson appeared on New Year’s Eve to talk to Ryan Seacrest.
NYE Highlights: Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest hosted Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.
NYE Highlights: Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani hosted a New Year’s Eve bash in Las Vegas.
NYE Highlights: The Powerball
At the end of the year Rockin’ Eve was the first millionaire of the year in Powerball.
NYE Highlights: New Edition
New Edition performed a medley of songs on ABC’s New Year’s Rock.
NYE Highlights: Miley’s NYE Party
Miley hosted her second NYE party on NBC with her godmother/co-host Dolly Parton.
The two performed a few songs together and Miley performed a solo.
NYE Highlights: Miley and Fletcher
Fletcher joined Miley Cyrus for a performance of her song Midnight Sky.
The two created excitement online for their chemistry.
Confetti floods the streets of NYC
Confetti has flowed through the streets of Times Square after the ball dropped.
The cleanup team has already started the process of retrieving.
Jared Jank proposed to his girlfriend Alicia Ballie in the Powerball drawing.
Happy New Year!
The ball has been dropped in Times Square.
Happy New Year from US Sun!
The countdown begins!
The countdown to 2023 has begun with just one minute left!
Miley and Dolly close the night
Miley and Dolly closed the night in Miami with a powerful duet.
The two sang a medley of Miley’s hit Wrecking Ball and moved into I Will Always Love You, a song Dolly wrote for Whitney Houston.
Usher takes the stage
Usher has taken the stage before the CNN broadcast to perform his song Yeah!
The audience went crazy over the classic song.
Sia performs with Miley in Miami
Sia has joined Miley in Miami to sing a duet.
The two also surprised the audience with a guest appearance by Paris Hilton.
Betty Who performs in LA
Betty Who takes the stage in LA during the ABC telecast.
She performed the hit Blow Out My Candle.
Miley takes the stage
Miley has taken to the stage for her special occasion to perform one of her songs.
She performed Midnight Sky on her album Plastic Hearts.
Miley even surprised the audience by inviting Fletcher to sing the second verse.
The two performed a steamy duet that shocked the audience.
“I don’t like it”
Kevin Hart has joined Andy and Anderson on CNN and told them he “couldn’t believe” they were sober.
Hart added that he knows Andy and Anderson can’t say anything about the alcohol ban, but he doesn’t like it.
Fletcher takes the stage
Fletcher has taken to the stage in Miami to perform his single Becky’s So Hot.
Fletcher released her debut album Girl of my Dreams earlier this year.
Lottó takes the stage
Lotto has taken the stage in Miami to perform the hit Big Energy.
Lotto is one of the many performers at Miley’s special tonight.
Cherri remembers Barbara Walters
SNL alum Cherri Oteri joined Andy and Anderson to remember Barbara Walters.
Cherri talked about her experience with her and they showed a clip of Cherri impersonating Barbara in front of her.