Nelly performed a medley of hits during the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special on Thursday (Dec. 31).
“Country Grammar,” “Dem Boyz,” “E.I.,” “Ride Wit Me” and earlier in the show he performed his smash hit “Hot In Here.”
“I’m doing a couple of classics and things, we’ve got a medley celebrating the 20th anniversary of Country Grammar, coming out of 2020 and thanking everybody for helping making that a Diamond album and one of the biggest projects of my life,” the rapper explained ahead of his performance. “And also getting the chance to rock out with ‘Hot In Here,’ as well, perfect party record. But also, getting the chance to debut my new single featuring FGL called ‘Lil Bit,’ which is just a great record, great energy, and it is off of my EP called The Heartland, which will be out next year.”
— New Year’s Rockin’ Eve (@RockinEve) January 1, 2021
The 49th annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve also featured performances from Jennifer Lopez, Billy Porter, Cyndi Lauper, Miley Cyrus, Megan Thee Stallion, Doja Cat, Saweetie, 24KGoldn feat. Iann Dior, Ella Mai, Machine Gun Kelly, En Vogue, Maluma, Lewis Capaldi, Brandy, Noah Cyrus, Jimmie Allen, JP Saxe, Julia Michaels and more.
Co-hosted by Ryan Seacrest alongside Lucy Hale, Ciara and Billy Porter, The live New Year’s Eve special aired live from New York City and Los Angeles on Thursday, December 31 (live 8:00-11:00 PM ET) on ABC. Following a break for the local news broadcast, the special returned from 11:30 p.m.-2:00 a.m. EST for the iconic ball drop.