A Guide to All of This Year’s New Year’s Eve Performances

Hopefully it took you up until this very moment to properly recover from your New Year’s Eve festivities. And if during those festivities you were either without TV (cutting the cord was last year’s resolution?) or too festive to pay attention, you might’ve missed the plethora of pop-culture-soaked New Year’s Eve specials. From Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (with Ryan Seacrest) on ABC to Mariah Carey’s “Auld Lang Syne” on NBC, here are some of the things we very quickly left behind in 2013. (And some of the things we’ll take with us into 2014. You decide.)

What would 2013 have been without Miley? Over on ABC she sang “Wrecking Ball” and the Pharrell-penned “Get It Right” in Times Square. She also had the pleasure of kissing Ryan Seacrest at midnight — who, we’re sure, was pleased.

Slowly back away from the Miley.

I guess anything’s better than co-host Jenny McCarthy dressed as a giant tongue.

Macklemore had a pretty good 2013, too:

He even got to wear a poncho!

Perhaps strangest, was a lackluster Blondie medley:

They patched in Miley’s partner-in-twerk, Robin Thicke, all the way from Hollywood  along with the likes of Ariana Grande (and Big Sean), Capital Cities, Daughtry, Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo, Fall Out Boy, Florida Georgia Line, and Jennifer Hudson. Pitbull was patched in from Miami. Billy Joel in Brooklyn. And not to be outdone by the Blondie medley, the West Coast brought us the Fray  singing a song that was very popular in 2006.

NBC had Carson Daly at the helm of his very own New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly. He counted down toward the New Year alongside Jane Lynch, and Mariah Carey pulled out her own medley:

Fox’s New Year’s Eve Live had Mario Lopez (“Let’s hope he doesn’t shoot blanks, then!”), who filled the time with banter and performances from J. Cole, Krewella, and Panic! At the Disco:

Entertainment Tonight Canada had Demi Lovato at Niagara Falls:

But who had the best NYE? Beyoncé, duh. She didn’t have to do anything but dance to her own music. Because she can. She’s Beyoncé.

A Guide to All of the 2013–14 NYE Performances