Just days after releasing her fifth studio album, Storyteller, Carrie Underwood has been named the headliner of one of the world’s largest celebrations — the New Year’s Eve countdown from Times Square in New York City.
Underwood will be the star performer in the live telecast of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2016, taking the stage just before the ball drops to announce the new year. In Times Square alone, Underwood’s audience is expected to top one million people, while millions more could tune in worldwide.
“There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than New York’s Times Square, one of the most magical places in the world, to ring in the New Year,” Underwood said in a press statement.
The telecast begins at 8:00 p.m. ET on December 31st, live on ABC, and will be hosted for the 10th year by Ryan Seacrest. He’ll be joined in New York by Jenny McCarthy, while Fergie will host the pretaped West Coast party from Hollywood.
Meanwhile, Underwood appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as musical guest Tuesday (October 27th), wearing a tasseled white dress and belting out her latest single, the foot-stomping “Smoke Break.” (Watch the video below.) Playing acoustic guitar and singing with radio-ready tone in front of her eight-piece band, her performance was the latest in a string of promotional appearances for Storyteller. Yesterday, the entertainer announced dates for her in-the-round Storyteller Tour.