The New Year's Eve ball drop was a secondary issue to the big news: while introducing a performance by Beyoncé for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2012 on ABC, co-host Ryan Seacrest announced that Beyoncé would not be performing live, but it wasn't "sadly." Instead, she had a great excuse: "Obviously, Beyonce couldn't be here tonight because she's about to give birth to her first child."
Instead of a live performance, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2012 aired a pre-recorded performance of "I Was Here" that Beyoncé did in London. The video was pre-baby bump; on it, Beyonce sang her song "I was Here." The video was called a “tribute” to the 40th anniversary of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.
Rumors that Beyoncé, 30, was in the middle of labor, or had already given birth, were flying for the past few days. Some unconfirmed reports even stated that the singer had already given birth, with her and her husband Jay-Z, 42, welcoming their daughter, naming her Tiana May Carter.
It was even speculated that Beyoncé would appear live on camera, along with her daughter. The hopes were for naught, though.
The announcement by Seacrest doesn't necessarily mean that labor has begun. It could, but it does, at least, mean that birth is so imminent that it was deemed safer for Beyoncé to skip the appearance.
Still it was a great Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest (formerly Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve). The show has been hosted by Dick Clark since its first airing on Sunday, December 31, 1972; Ryan Seacrest has been the show's co-host since the December 31, 2005 telecast.
This year, Fergie co-hosted for the sixth straight year (for the pre-taped Hollywood segment), while Jenny McCarthy returned for her second year of co-hosting in Times Square. In addition to Beyoncé, Times Square musical guest included Lady Gaga (who also pressed the countdown button with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg), Pitbull, Justin Bieber and Hot Chelle Rae.
The pre-taped Hollywood segment featured Taio Cruz, Rivera & Kablack, Nicki Minaj, Florence + the Machine, LMFAO, Gym Class Heroes, Blink-182, OneRepublic, will.i.am, the Band Perry and Christina Perri. In addition, there were two performances by Robin Thicke from the Los Angeles remote feed.
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