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Rockefeller Center tree lighting performers: Gwen Stefani will sing us into the holiday season

Among the Rockefeller Center tree lighting performers this

Among the Rockefeller Center tree lighting performers this year: Gwen Stefani and Pentatonix. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Kevin Mazur

Gwen Stefani is set to perform under the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree Wednesday night during the annual lighting ceremony.

The “Hollaback Girl” singer is among six artists in the lineup. She’ll be joined by Billboard chart-topping country artist Brett Eldredge, Tony- and Grammy-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr. (“Hamilton”), Pentatonix, country singer Jennifer Nettles, and classical/pop trio The Tenors.

The “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” tree lighting special was previously set to be hosted by “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb and Al Roker and Matt Lauer. Lauer, however, has been terminated from his post at NBC News, the network announced early Wednesday morning. Lauer will not be replaced for the event, Entertainment Weekly reports.

The tree will be lit at Rock Center at 7 p.m., and the artists are scheduled to take to the stage at West 48th and West 51st streets until 9 p.m. The Radio City Rockettes are also expected to perform. 

This year’s tree is a 75-foot-tall, 80-year-old Norway spruce from State College, Pennsylvania. It’ll be adorned with more than 50,000 LED lights and a 9.5-foot-wide Swarovski crystal star. 

If standing in the cold with the expected thousands of spectators makes you cringe, watch from home. The special will air on NBC from 7 to 9 p.m. locally (barring any breaking news) and at 8 to 9 p.m. nationally, a rep for the network said.  

The Christmas tree will remain on display through Jan. 7. 


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