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My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips, Jonas Brothers Rock in 2009: New Year's Eve Photos

January 5, 2009 5:15 PM ET

Besides being the gateway to 2009, New Year's Eve was also arguably the biggest concert night of 2008, with hundreds of artists performing across the globe for a champagne-soaked night of revelry. (Check out all the big names in our photo gallery.)

Here in New York City, My Morning Jacket were the top bill, rocking a packed Madison Square Garden with four hours' worth of Evil Urges, old favorites and celebratory covers while the Jonas Brothers put on their winter coats to play the Times Square ball-dropping party.

Down Under, Franz Ferdinand treated fans to a sneak peek of their upcoming new album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand as the band headlined the third and final night of Australia's Falls Music & Arts Festival

Stone Temple Pilots took the stage at Los Angeles' Club Nokia for a hits-filled set featuring songs like "Wicked Garden," "Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart" and "Vaseline," which you can watch in the video below:

T.I., perhaps enjoying his last New Years Eve before serving his delayed jail sentence, performed at an event at the Gansevoort South in Miami, Florida.

Someone who didn't perform on New Year's Eve: Ne-Yo. The singer was reportedly supposed to perform at a party in Bellevue, Washington of all places, but partygoers were informed a mere 30 minutes before midnight that Ne-Yo was stuck on a plane arriving from Nigeria and thus would not be performing. The crowd, who paid anywhere between $75 to $1,200 to attend the party, was not too pleased. Follow all the finger-pointing here.

The Flaming Lips didn't have to travel far to celebrate the new year as the band brought their flying saucers and glow sticks along for a night with their hometown fans in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Wu-Tang came together like Voltron to host a party at Baltimore's Club Sonar. GZA, Ghostface, Method Man and the rest of the rap collective played hits from their entire catalog as well as performed some of their biggest solo hits, including "Liquid Swords" and "Bring The Pain." The group also took time to honor their fallen MC, Ol' Dirty Bastard. From their show in Baltimore, watch the Clan rock "Wu-Tang Ain't Nuthing Ta Fuc' Wit'" below:

For more from the biggest and best New Year's parties across the globe, check out our photo gallery, starring MMJ, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and many more.

Rocking Out On New Year's Eve

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