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Tony Bennett and Justin Bieber to Perform on 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 11th 2011 6:00AM
Tony BennettJoy to Beliebers and their grandparents: The original pop star, Tony Bennett, will be showing Justin Bieber how it's done when they both perform at NBC's annual live Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' later this month.

The roster of big name performers announced by the network spans not only generations, but also genres, with singers Michael Bublé, Cee Lo Green, Faith Hill, Carole King, Katharine McPhee and 'The Voice' winner Javier Colon performing a mix of current hits and holiday classics.

NBC announced that the hour-long special on November 30 will be hosted by the 'Today Show's Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie and will -- natch -- also feature seasonal high-kickers, The Radio City Rockettes. Prior to the primetime telecast, WNBC and other NBC affiliates (check your local listings) will also air an additional live hour of the special.

This first hour will feature performances by all the show's stars and also a special performance by Megan Hilty, star of the upcoming NBC musical drama 'Smash.'

The Rock Center Christmas tree has been an annual staple of the festive season since the complex was opened in midtown Manhattan in 1933, and NBC has televised the tree-lighting ceremony every year since 1951, when it made its debut on 'The Kate Smith Show.' This year's tree, which will remain lit until New Year's Day, is a Norway Spruce measuring 74 feet high and 46 feet in diameter, and weighing-in at 10 tons.

Live pre-show special airs Wednesday, November 30, 7PM ET (check local listings).
'Christmas in Rockefeller Center' airs live Wednesday, November 30, 8PM ET on NBC.

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