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Video: Drake, The Roots, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj’s New Year’s Eve performances

on January 01, 2012, 11:58am

gaga bloomberg Video: Drake, The Roots, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minajs New Years Eve performances

If you happened to sit through Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve during the ten o’clock hour, you were subjugated to a top 40 countdown for the all-time best New Year’s Eve performances. Jennifer Lopez’s lip-synching of “Let’s Get Loud” in  2010 narrowed out Mariah Carey, The Village People, and Culture Club for the number one spot. Baha Men, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Black Eyed Peas also earned placement.

Needless to say, the NYE TV programming doesn’t have the best track record and last night’s channel surfing led to mostly cringeworthy results. Hot Chelle Rae, OneRepublic, LMFAO, and Pitbull all performed. There were also a pair of less-than-desired covers, including Justin Bieber’s take on “Let It Be” and Cee-Lo Green’s massively out-of-tune rendition of ”Imagine”.

But not all was bad; Drake, The Roots, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé also delivered performances, and you can watch the replays below. Drake performed “Make Me Proud”, “The Motto”, and “Headlines” from his recent LP Take Care; The Roots showcased their new LP undun with ”The Seed 2.0″ and “The Fire”; Lady Gaga ripped through Born This Way tracks ”Heavy Metal Lover”, “Marry The Night”, and “Born This Way”; Nicki Minaj performed “Super Bass”, “Roman In Moscow”, and “Turn Me On”; and Beyoncé taped a rendition of “I Was Here”.

Also, props to Mayor Michael Bloomberg for not holding one back.

Drake – “Make Me Proud”, “The Motto”, “Headlines”:

The Roots – “The Seed 2.0″, “The Fire”:

Lady Gaga – “Heavy Metal Lover”, “Marry The Night”, “Born This Way”:


Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”:

Nicki Minaj - ”Turn Me On”, “Roman In Moscow”:


Beyoncé – “I Was Here”:


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The Hugstables
January 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Happy new year, here’s a bunch of videos of the worst acts of all time… Thanks COS, real classy.

Alex Young
January 2, 2012 at 5:00 am

We did quite the opposite actually, but thanks anyway.

The Hugstables
January 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Why did this website start covering such crumby music over the last year. This used to be my favorite online music source, then you guys got on the top 40 bandwagon, what’s the point of marketing towards teenage girls? Do you think they really read this stuff? No, real music fans read it, so cut it out with pop B.S.

The Hugstables
January 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Also, now that I think about it I’ve never seen writers respond defensively to negative feed back. It’s not particularly professional.

Stormtrooper
January 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Theyre covering the music that was on television during new years eve. This is a music website of course they’re going to mention it. It’s not CoS’s fault that there were shitty performances on New Years Rockin Eve. If you dont like it dont watch the videos- I didnt

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