MUSIC SUPERSTAR JUSTIN BIEBER, GRAMMY(R) AWARD WINNER ENRIQUE IGLESIAS, MULTI-PLATINUM SINGER LEANN RIMES TO PERFORM ON NBC'S "MACY'S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS(R) SPECTACULAR" WITH A SPECIAL APPEARANCE FROM THE CAST FROM THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
NEW YORK - June 28, 2010 - NBC Celebrates the nation's birthday extravaganza with performances by music superstar Justin Bieber, Grammy(R) Award winning musician Enrique Iglesias and multi-platinum singer LeAnn Rimes on NBC's 11th consecutive live broadcast of "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks(R) Spectacular." Cast members from the Twilight Saga: Eclipse will also partake in the excitement onboard the Norwegian EPIC. Hosted by Nick Cannon, from NBC's "America's Got Talent" and Alison Sweeney, from NBC's "The Biggest Loser," the show will air in high definition on Sunday, July 4th 9-10 p.m. ET, 8-9 p.m. CT.
Justin Bieber is a multi-talented pop/soul singer, and a self-taught musician on drums, guitar, piano, and trumpet. His debut album, My World, went platinum after its release in 2009 and featured Justin's first four Top 40 hits on the Hot 100, "One Time," "One Less Lonely Girl," "Love Me," and "Favorite Girl." Bieber became the first solo artist in history to send four songs from a debut album into the Billboard Hot 100's Top 40 prior to the album's release. His most recent album MY WORLD 2.0 contains the back-to-back hits "Baby" (the album's first #1 video and Top 5 single, featuring Ludacris) and the current smash "Somebody To Love." Bieber will visit more than 75 cities this summer during his first headlining tour "My World."
International superstar, Enrique Iglesias is one of the biggest-selling Spanish artists in music history with gold and platinum status in 32 countries. He has toured the globe to sold-out arenas and has been celebrated by critics and audiences alike. In 1995 he won a Grammy(R) Award for his debut release, and since has continued to have a string of successful albums, including Escape (2001), 7 (2003) and Insomniac (2007) to his Greatest Hits album (2008), while his sold-out world tours have established him as a captivating live performer. Iglesias returns with his eagerly-anticipated new album, Euphoria. With its seductive pop, driving hip hop beats and heart of pure passion, Euphoria is set to bring a rush of blood to the dancefloor, with VIP guests including Akon, Nicole Scherzinger, Usher, Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin and Yandel, Juan Luis Guerra and the legendary Lionel Richie.
LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 37 million albums, won two Grammy(R) Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy(R) Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes is as an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children's books Jag and Jag's New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change. LeAnn has long-supported a variety of charity organizations including advocating for the National Psoriasis Foundation, The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes and Children's Miracle Network. LeAnn recently released her new single "Swingin'" from her upcoming new album, Lady and Gentleman, out in fall 2010.
The Macy's 4th of July Fireworks, the nation's largest Fourth of July fireworks display, returns to the Hudson River to illuminate the sky over New York City with a glorious spectrum of colors, shapes and sparkling dazzlers. Featuring more than 40,000 firework shells, American Harmony, the theme of this year's Macy's Fireworks display, will take more than 3 million spectators on a high flying journey through the nation's musical history that is filled with unique harmonies embraced by the entire world.
"Building on last year's success, Macy's will again present its 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular on the Hudson River," said Robin Hall, executive producer of the annual event. "Millions of people along the riverfront and millions more watching the primetime special, which this year will be staged aboard the magnificent new Norwegian EPIC, will see a show a mile and a half long and hundreds of feet in the sky saturated with an unexpected spectrum of rich, jewel-like colors." He added, "There will be huge shells with cores of color that sparkle and astonish. We'll transform the sky into a tapestry of rich colors produced though an alchemy of ancient art and modern technology; colors that are somehow intensified by the soaring vocal-infused Fireworks score."
Nick Cannon, host of "America's Got Talent," is a successful musician, actor, comedian and producer. He began his career shortly after he moved to Los Angeles to pursue comedy, beginning with his first television role on Nickelodeon's "All That." In addition to being cast as a series regular, he also became the youngest staff writer in television history. He has since starred in feature films such as "Bobby" and "Drumline." He also released a self-titled album in 2003, which reached #9 on the Billboard Rap charts. Furthermore, Cannon has his own multi-media company called NCredible Entertainment, and currently hosts a weekly morning radio show, "Rollin' with Nick Cannon," on CBS Radio's Hot 92.3 in New York.
Alison Sweeney is busy juggling her roles as actress, author and host of NBC's hit reality series "The Biggest Loser." Sweeney began her acting career at age four and joined the cast of "Days of our Lives" at sixteen, where she continues to star in the award-winning role of Sami Brady. Her additional television credits include guest-starring roles on "Mercy," "Iron Chef America," "Las Vegas" and "Friends." In addition to acting, Sweeney is also an accomplished author with her latest book, "The Mommy Diet," to be published in January 2011. She is also on the Entertainment Council of Feeding America, co-hosts the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon annually and is most proud of her role as mother to Ben (age 5) and Megan (age 1).
The telecast is a production of Universal Media Studios in association with Macy's. Brad Lachman will executive produce. Lachman's credits include a variety of NBC specials, including the "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "Christmas in Rockefeller Center," in addition to "Don't Forget the Lyrics!" and a variety of other projects.