After testing positive for Covid-19, LL Cool J will not be performing during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2022.
In a statement about the cancellation, LL (born James Todd Smith) said: “I know it’s disappointing to the millions of fans but my test came back positive for COVID, which means I’ll no longer be able to perform as scheduled at New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” “We were ready and I was really looking forward to ringing in 2022 in my hometown in a special way, but for now I wish everyone a healthy and happy New Year. The best is yet to come!”
Despite the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s cancelled pre-midnight performance in Times Square the ABC special. celebrating its 50th anniversary, will still broadcast from New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Puerto Rico.
Rock band Journey and Latin sensation Karol G will take the stage in New York, Billy Porter will host the Central Time Zone countdown and perform in New Orleans, while Daddy Yankee hosts a Spanish-language countdown and perform in Puerto Rico. Ciara will host the Los Angeles segment – to include performances by AJR and Daisy the Great, Avril Lavigne and Travis Barker, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown, Don Omar, French Montana, Macklemore with Ryan Lewis and Windset, Mae Muller, Maneskin, Masked Wolf, OneRepublic, Polo G and Walker Hayes.