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NATIONAL (KRQE) – Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Times Square New Year’s Eve 2021 was not open to the public. The event was instead celebrated virtually and performances by Billy Porter, Andra Day, Gloria Gaynor, Machine Gun Kelly, Cyndi Lauper, Pit Bull, and Jennifer Lopez.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Times Square stands empty prior to New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020, in New York City. The NYPD has advised the public to stay away from Times Square this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, shutting down the streets to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. A small group of invited first responders and essential workers will instead be permitted to watch the ball drop while socially distancing. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
Police officers stand in a nearly empty Times Square due to Covid-19 restrictions on New Year’s Eve in New York City, December 31, 2020. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
The Times Square Ball waits to drop to a mostly empty Times Square for New Year’s Eve in New York City, December 31, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: The ball is raised into place in Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea at right, is on hand in a nearly empty Times Square before midnight’s celebration of the new year in New York City on December 31, 2020. – Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Times Square is closed to all but a few revelers. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Billie Porter performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Andra Day performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Gloria Gaynor performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio and Chirlane McCray dance onstage in Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
Singer Cyndi Lauper performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GARY HERSHORN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter perform live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
Singer Machine Gun Kelly performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn / various sources / AFP) (Photo by GARY HERSHORN/AFP via Getty Images)
People gather north of a barricaded Times Square for New Year’s Eve in New York City on December 31, 2020. – Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Times Square is closed to all but a few revelers. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Singer Machine Gun Kelly performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn / various sources / AFP) (Photo by GARY HERSHORN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Machine Gun Kelly performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
Country singer/songwriter Jimmie Allen performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn / various sources / AFP) (Photo by GARY HERSHORN/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: An aerial view of the 2021 Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Attendees watch a performance in Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Revelers celebrate New Years Eve in socially distanced pods at Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City. On average, about one million revelers are drawn to the Crossroads of the World to watch performances and celebrate the New Year. This year a limited live audience of about 40 first responders and essential workers will be allowed to watch the New Years’ ball drop from a secure area in Times Square. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Revelers celebrate New Years Eve in socially distanced pods at Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City. On average, about one million revelers are drawn to the Crossroads of the World to watch performances and celebrate the New Year. This year a limited live audience of about 40 first responders and essential workers will be allowed to watch the New Years’ ball drop from a secure area in Times Square. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 31: Revelers celebrate New Years Eve in socially distanced pods at Times Square on December 31, 2020, in New York City. On average, about one million revelers are drawn to the Crossroads of the World to watch performances and celebrate the New Year. This year a limited live audience of about 40 first responders and essential workers will be allowed to watch the New Years’ ball drop from a secure area in Times Square. (Photo by David Dee Delgado/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Pitbull performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Jennifer Lopez performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
Singer Jennifer Lopez performs in Times Square during New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn / POOL / Getty Images) (Photo by GARY HERSHORN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Jennifer Lopez performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: Jennifer Lopez performs live from Times Square during 2021 New Year’s Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Hershorn-Pool/Getty Images)
Confetti are flying in the air after the ball dropped to ring in the new year in a mostly empty Times Square in New York City on January 1, 2021. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Confetti are flying in the air on a mostly empty Times Square for New Years Eve in New York City on January 1, 2021. – Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Times Square is closed to all but a few revelers. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Confetti are flying in the air on a mostly empty Times Square for New Years Eve in New York City on January 1, 2021. – Due to the Coronavirus outbreak Times Square is closed to all but a few revelers. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Two New York City police officers stand in an mostly empty Times Square after the ball drops to ring in the new year in New York City on January 1, 2021. (Photo by COREY SIPKIN / AFP) (Photo by COREY SIPKIN/AFP via Getty Images)

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