The special also features pre-recorded segments featuring performances by popular musicians ; since the —18 edition, these concert segments branded since the edition as the " Billboard Hollywood Party"  have been presented from a studio in Los Angeles by Ciara. Since the —17 edition, Lucy Hale has hosted additional coverage and performances from New Orleans. Since , Ryan Seacrest has hosted the live show outside in Times Square along with a celebrity correspondent, Jenny McCarthy since , providing additional reports from attendees. From his return and until his death, Dick Clark hosted a limited number of segments from Times Square Studios approaching midnight, but still participated in the countdown and his tradition of kissing his wife, Kari Wigton, at midnight. These specials primarily featured countdowns of archived music performances from the Dick Clark Productions library, including the top New Year's Rockin' Eve performances, and the "30 Greatest Women in Music". Following late local programming, the main New Year's Rockin' Eve broadcast begins at
Davis High School later renamed A. Davis Middle School in Mount Vernon, where he was an average student. Almost immediately, he was asked to fill in for the vacationing weatherman, and within a few months he was announcing station breaks. Clark was responsible for a similar program on the company's radio station, and served as a regular substitute host when Horn went on vacation. According to Hollywood producer Michael Uslan , "he was able to use his unparalleled communication skills to present rock 'n roll in a way that was palatable to parents.