Making for quite the star-studded spectacle, Times Square was the place to be as the New York City locale played host to the annual Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2012 festivities on Saturday night (December 31).

In its 40th year, the program was co-hosted by Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest with Jenny McCarthy also helping out with reporting duties while Stacy ?Fergie? Ferguson of the Black Eyed Peas hosted the affiliated Los Angeles celebration.

With the scenic backdrop including 22,000 LED lights embedded in Waterford Crystal, attendees and viewers were treated to performances by top acts including Justin Bieber alongside Carlos Santana, as well as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, The Band Perry, Florence + The Machine, Hot Chella Rae, One Republic and LMFAO.

Talking about putting forth another NYE special, Dick Clark said: “It hardly seems possible that we began telecasting ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ 40 years ago. Armed with just a couple of cameras and a skeleton crew, my wife and I stood atop a Times Square building and watched the thousands of happy celebrants in Times Square. The army of talent we had join us over the years has truly been outstanding, and this year we top it off with an appearance by Lady Gaga. ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2012′ promises to be one of the most exciting ever, and I’m proud to be part of the team.”

Meanwhile, Ryan Seacrest – who was joined by his lovely actress girlfriend Julianne Hough – told: “Lady Gaga is one of the most exciting and relevant artists of our time, and we’re thrilled to have her join ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ this year in Times Square. I’m especially honored to share the stage with the legendary Dick Clark, who is celebrating his 40th year hosting the show, which he created and transformed into one of the most iconic American television programs. We’re really thrilled to see how this year’s lineup lights up the stage to make it the most memorable show yet.”

Check out the night’s performances below with Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj’s stage efforts found in the player above! – T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)

Pitbull – Medley

The Band Perry – You Lie

The Band Perry – If I Die Young

Blink 182

Florence + the Machine – Shake It Out

Florence + The Machine – Spectrum

OneRepublic – Apologize

OneRepublic – Good Life

One Republic – Secrets

Gym Class Heroes – Billionaire

Taio Cruz – Hangover/Make It Last Forever

Taio Cruz – Dynamite

LMFAO – Sexy And I Know It

LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking/Shots

LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem

Robin Thicke – An Angel on Each Arm

Robin Thicke – Love After War

Hot Chelle Rae – Like It Like That


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