Watch Gwyneth Paltrow Dance to Jay-Z + Coldplay on New Year’s Eve

Gwyneth Paltrow is married to the lead singer of Coldplay, Chris Martin, so it’s not surprising that spent her New Year’s Eve with her hubby’s band and their two tots, Apple and Moses, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. It was a little surprising, though, that she danced onstage to ‘Run This Town’ with Jay-Z … because it was embarrassing to watch.

Paltrow showed off her WASP roots, dancing like your mom does at weddings after too many champagne toasts. Between her jerky movements and flying ponytail, she really did dance like no one was watching — which is fine, except when thousands of people actually are. We can’t say we blame her, though: This particular writer was at the show, and it was a great one.

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Carlos Pena of Big Time Rush Spends New Year’s in the Bahamas With Alexa Vega + Friends

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What a rush! A Big Time Rush, that is, for Carlos Pena and his new girlfriend Alexa Vega of the ‘Spy Kids’ film franchise. The two spent New Year’s in the Bahamas with actor Wilmer Valderrama and other friends. Good times were had by all, judging from the photos.

Pena posted tons of pics of the mirth and merriment, and fun in the sun that took place during the island sojourn and while they welcomed in 2013.

There are plenty of candid shots of him and his new lady love doing regular guy/gal things like enjoying Skittles. Pena even revealed the major dilemma of the trip, posting: “ONLY 1bag for 4days.” Gasp. Only a single, solitary bag of Skittles for a long trip to an island? Come on, that’s uncivilized. What were they thinking? They should’ve stocked up at Costco.

He celebrated being on a cruise and “sailing away.”

There’s also an amazing photo of them on bikes, which Pena captioned “‘Sons of Anarchy’ meets ‘Sons of Bimini.’ Fun in the sun when you are famous! Must be nice.

We can live vicariously through them by enjoying the array of photos!

PopCrushers and Rushers –we know, it rhymes — do you think Carlos Pena and Alexa Vega will last in 2013? Will they be a couple to watch?

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Nicki Minaj Performs New Year’s Eve at PURE Nightclub in Vegas

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Nicki Minaj rang in 2013 with a New Year’s Eve performance at PURE Nightclub in Las Vegas, where she played some of her biggest hits for the partiers in Sin City.

Video footage from the event shows Minaj walking the red carpet with golden hair, gold jewelry and a gold dress. She donned a long blue jacket for a champagne toast as fireworks exploded at midnight. Later, she screamed, “Where my Barbs at?” before she sang along to recordings of ‘Moment 4 Life’ and ‘Starships.’

The video concluded with a red carpet interview in which Minaj revealed that in a couple weeks she’ll be filming a music video for either ‘I’m Legit’ or ‘High School,’ two songs from ‘The Re-Up,’ her latest album.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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New Year’s Eve 2013 Pictures: Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Kesha + More Celebrate

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While many of today’s brightest stars spent New Year’s Eve 2013 performing live for all of their fans, others were busy partying and spending time with close friends.

Before he hit the stage for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in L.A., Justin Bieber posed with his buddy Lil Twist and sipped on something bubbly, while One Direction member Harry Styles smooched his lady love Taylor Swift following her performance in Times Square. Like the lady in ‘Red,’ Kesha also performed on New Year’s Eve 2013, and she later tweeted a picture of herself partying with those classic NYE shades.

Elsewhere, Rihanna and Chris Brown were up all night doing God know’s what (but we have a hunch it began with “s” and ended with “x”), and Beyonce kept it classy with a New Year’s Eve note and intimate performance for her fans in Vegas. Her hubby Jay-Z was performing in Brooklyn, and Big Time Rush member Kendall Schmidt took in the Jay-Z / Coldplay show from his seat at the Barclays Center. Meanwhile, Carlos Pena Jr. and his new girlfriend Alexa Vega spent the holiday in the Bahamas partying and bike riding with friends.

See more pics of pop stars celebrating New Year’s Eve 2013, including Jennifer Lopez‘s fancy dinner party, Rita Ora‘s boozy, skydiving adventures in Dubai and Mariah Carey‘s Australian performance with her fam!

Justin Bieber + Lil Twist in L.A.

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Taylor Swift + Harry Styles in Times Square, N.Y.C. [WATCH THEM KISS]

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Kesha Celebrating After Performing at MTV’s Club New Year’s Eve

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Beyonce Performing Live in Las Vegas + a Note She Published

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Kendall Schmidt’s View From the Jay-Z + Coldplay Show in Brooklyn

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Carlos Pena Jr., Alexa Vega + Friends Vacationing in the Bahamas

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Carly Rae Jepsen + M.C. Hammer in Times Square, N.Y.C.

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Pitbull Performing in Times Square, N.Y.C.

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Rita Ora + Friends Partying and Skydiving in Dubai

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Calvin Harris Ringing in 2013 With Some Zebras

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Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon + Their Twins on Stage in Australia

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Watch Carly Rae Jepsen + Pitbull Perform 2013 ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’

Okay, hear us out on this. It just makes sense that Carly Rae Jepsen, who had arguably the biggest song of 2012, would close out the year by singing her hit ‘Call Me Maybe’ on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, right?!

Well not only did the singer perform her massive smash, she also treated viewers to a rendition of her song ‘This Kiss’ while rocking a pretty long red skirt and black midriff baring top — we know, we were cold just watching her too!

She was just one of many hit makers to take the stage in N.Y.C.’s Time Square – Taylor Swift, Psy, Flo Rida and Pitbull also helped ring in the new year with their performances!

Pitbull, dressed in sunglasses and a long black coat, performed a medley of his hits, including ‘International Love,’ ‘Hey Baby,’ and ‘Rain Over Me.’

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Watch Neon Trees’ ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ Performance

While Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber stole the spotlight when it came to high-profile New Year’s Eve performances, Utah rockers Neon Trees did their part to ring in 2013 with a medley of three of their hits on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ in Times Square.

With singer Tyler Glenn sporting a short blond haircut and a shiny gold suit, the band kicked off their performance with the catchy ‘Animal,’ their first hit from back in 2009. Next came the group’s most recent single, the dancey ‘Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night).’

Neon Trees closed out their short set with the smash ‘Everybody Talks,’ one of the biggest rock hits of 2012. Glenn encouraged the Times Square crowd to sing along as he screamed the chorus, “It started with a whisper / And that was when I kissed her.

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While Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber stole the spotlight when it came to high-profile New Year’s Eve performances, Utah rockers Neon Trees did their part to ring in 2013 with a medley of three of their hits on ‘New Year’s Rockin’ Eve’ in Times Square.

With singer Tyler Glenn sporting a short blond haircut and a shiny gold suit, the band kicked off their performance with the catchy ‘Animal,’ their first hit from back in 2009. Next came the group’s most recent single, the dancey ‘Lessons in Love (All Day, All Night).’

Neon Trees closed out their short set with the smash ‘Everybody Talks,’ one of the biggest rock hits of 2012. Glenn encouraged the Times Square crowd to sing along as he screamed the chorus, “It started with a whisper / And that was when I kissed her.

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Mariah Carey Performs New Year’s Eve in Australia, Brings Her Family Onstage

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Mariah Carey and her fam spent the New Year in Australia (thanks to the start of her tour down under), and what better way to say hello to 2013 than to bring out your entire family during your concert!

Leave it to Mimi to surprise the sure-to-have-been excited crowd when she not only asked hubby Nick Cannon to join her on stage, but also they’re adorable children Moroccan and Monroe.

Dressed in a short glittery dress, and looking as svelte as ever, the singer greeted her little munchkins by kneeling alongside them and sharing a laugh with the crowd. And ever the Twitter user, Carey took to the site to share pictures for those who weren’t lucky enough to witness the cute event.

“Ms. Monroe greets the audience in Australia.. Thank u 4 coming!!” read the tweet, which was of course accompanied by the adorableness of her children!

 
 
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Who Was Your Favorite Performer on New Year’s Eve 2013? – Readers Poll

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Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kesha and Jay-Z were just a few of the artists who entertained live on New Year’s Eve 2013, adding that extra oomph to music fans’ blowout bashes or low-key hangouts at home. Psy (with M.C. Hammer), Rita Ora, Ne-Yo, Nicki Minaj and Coldplay also celebrated New Year’s Eve 2013 with live shows in the N.Y.C. area, but out of all these performers, which one was your favorite to watch on NYE 2013?

While mostly all of these New Year’s Eve performers rang in 2013 from New York City, Justin Bieber was busy holding it down for the West Coast. The ‘Beauty and a Beat’ crooner performed his latest ‘Believe’ hit from L.A. for ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,’ and even got an assist from Big Sean for ‘As Long as You Love Me.’

Meanwhile, across the U.S., Taylor Swift was smooching Harry Styles and singing for her fans in Times Square. The ‘Red’ chart-topper wore leather and sparkles while belting ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ in the frigid cold. Closing things out in Times Square were Psy and M.C. Hammer, who teamed up to perform their mashup of ‘Gangnam Style’ (which Psy swore to retire) and ’2 Legit 2 Quit.’

Who else hit the stage in N.Y.C.’s Time Square before the big ball dropped? Carly Rae JepsenPitbull and Flo Rida were also on hand for some end-of-year entertainment, getting the crowd pumped for 2013 with their 2012 hits. To no surprise, Ms. Jepsen played ‘Call Me Maybe’ live, giving us one last taste of the viral hit (along with ‘This Kiss’) before the New Year. And Pitbull did what he did best — got the party started. Mr. 305 had the temperatures rising with his medley of high-energy hits like ‘International Love’ and ‘Hey Baby.’ Finally, Flo closed things out with a set of uptempo hits like ‘Cry’ and ‘Whistle.’

Over yonder in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jay-Z was performing live with his buddies in Coldplay at the Barclays Center. While Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman and Will Champion kicked things off with a short set of their own tunes, with Hova later joining them for ‘Lost’ and ‘Heart of the City.’ On top of that, Jay performed his own set of 25 songs on New Year’s Eve 2013, showing love to the city where he was born and raised.

Meanwhile, at MTV, Kesha, Rita Ora and Ne-Yo performed at the media outlet’s Club New Year’s Eve bash. The ‘Warrior’ princess from Tennessee chose to perform her newest single ‘C’Mon,’ Rita fittingly sang ‘How We Do (Party)’ to ring in 2013, and Ne-Yo of course had to entertain the masses with his infectious party jam ‘Let Me Love You.’

Closing out the whole shebang is Nicki Minaj, who hosted her very own New Year’s Eve 2013 celebration at Pure nightclub in Las Vegas. Between costume changes and some champagne popping, the Harajuku Barbie performed a plethora of hits for the Barbz gathered in Sin City. ‘Turn Me On,’ ‘Starships’ and ‘Moment 4 Life’ were just a few of the jams Nicki performed while ringing in 2013.

Click through to links to re-watch these performances from New Year’s Eve 2013, and vote on your favorite below! And a happy New Year, PopCrushers!

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Rihanna And Chris Brown Wake Up Together On New Year’s Day (PHOTO)

It’s only a couple of days into 2013, and Rihanna and Chris Brown are already making headlines.

The controversial couple remained out of the spotlight on New Year’s Eve but caught everyone’s attention the next day on Instagram, where they each posted photos of themselves in bed — implying they rang in 2013 together.

“Good morning! Still haven’t slept lol #hello2013,” Rihanna wrote alongside a snapshot of herself, sleepily peeking out of a polka dot comforter.

The now-infamous polka dot comforter was also featured in Brown’s photo, “Mornings,” which featured a glimpse of their room from his bed. We’ll let you do the math.

From posting scandalous pics to possibly heading down the aisle, the R&B singer and her beau have racked up a number of controversies throughout the past year since mending their rocky relationship.

They most recently raised eyebrows over the holidays as they snuggled courtside at the Lakers-Knicks game on Dec. 25.

What do you think of Rihanna and Chris Brown’s NYE rendezvous? Sound off in the comments!

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Demi Lovato Sips Coffee + Reflects on Rehab on New Year’s Eve

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Demi Lovato used to party hard — a little too hard. Now that the starlet has spent time in rehab and recovery, she’s getting used to a much cleaner, calmer lifestyle, and New Year’s Eve was no exception. The ‘X Factor‘ judge rang in 2013 not with champagne, but with java!

“Two years ago, I watched the ball drop on TV in rehab and cried my eyes out,” Lovato tweeted last night (Dec. 31). “Tonight I’m on the beach with my closest, most loyal friends,” she wrote. She added, “Sipping coffee and sharing how beautiful life is and how far we’ve come. Recovery is a beautiful thing friends. Life is good, God is great!”

Demz is no stranger to dark times, and her openness about her problems, which included bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm and drug abuse, makes her a role model to many. She’s hyper aware of that fact and goes out of her way to inspire and advise her fans who may be tempted to drink from the devil’s cup on Dec. 31.

Lovato concluded with an urge to dream big and be safe to bid adieu to 2012 and welcome 2013. The ‘Give Your Heart a Break’ singer encouraged Lovatics, ”Everyone please be careful and smart tonight. NYE is about celebrating the past year and the year to come. Set goals and dream big #2013…”

Lovato added a special, specific message for her younger fans who may have felt some peer pressure to booze it up on NYE. “By the way,” she wrote, “just reminding teens out there that you don’t have to drink on NYE to have fun. Be the difference.” Demi is the difference already. It’s good to know that she practices what she preaches!

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