‘Tis the Season
Although holiday music has been playing in stores since Halloween, it’s now officially Christmas in NYC after the ceremonious lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree last night. The lighting of the tree capped off an hour-long concert event featuring ten Christmas song performances. Hosts for the evening were Al Roker and Jane Krakowski, and Britney Spears was the surprise guest of the night. Britney provided the introduction to the show but gave no other performance. This makes sense given that there was no room for her three-ring circus in Rockefeller Center anyway. And her ring of fire theatrics probably would have taken away from the tree’s shining moment.
The show featured an impressive lineup of singers. I assumed it would be a few big names and then a parade of people I hadn’t heard about in years (sort of like how Rick Astley sang “Never Gonna Give You Up” in the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade). But it was actually a little reminiscent of The American Music Awards broadcast—Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, David Cook, and Jonas Brothers were there. All we needed were Christina Aguilera and Taylor Swift to make it a complete night of de ja vu…but they were both busy in L.A. at the CBS Grammy Nominations Concert Live! televised show. The performances took place on a bunch of stages, with the more popular artists, or should I say artists with a potentially hazard-causing fan base (Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, Beyonce) performing on a rooftop in Rockefeller Center, away from the masses. Though, I am guessing the performances were actually just taped earlier.
My favorite part about watching the tree-lighting show is seeing what the performers decide to wear. It’s usually a night for “Winter Chic.” It’s the one time it’s fashionable to perform while wearing a winter scarf. Actually the scarf is almost mandatory. Unless you’re Beyonce, in which case, you can wear whatever you want. As other performers looked festive, warm, and ready for hot chocolate, Beyonce gave the tree a run for it’s money as she shimmered in a full length glittery dress. Clearly Beyonce does not do winter, even if she is singing outside on a NYC rooftop at night. With temperatures in the 40s, there was no need to break out the down parkas, so it was a night of wool pea coats and plaid blazers.
The songs were mostly traditional holiday tunes, which meant that Rosie O’Donnell’s song about Santa doing the mambo seemed a bit out of place. But the Broadway Kids who performed with her seemed to be having a good time, so I guess that’s all that matters. I didn’t recognize the song performed by the Jonas Brothers (turns out it was their song “Girl of my Dreams”), but with lyrics like “you can take this awesome scarf my grandma made for me” I’m sure it will be an instant holiday classic.
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