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Entertainment Rockefeller Center tree lighting: Jon Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani and Billy Porter sleigh it

15:16  05 december  2019
15:16  05 december  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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It wasn't a silent night at Rockefeller Center during the 87th annual Christmas Tree Lighting If you missed the joyful performances, festive fashion and whopping 50,000 light bulbs, don't get your sleigh bells in a bunch Here are the top five moments from the Christmas celebration: Jon Bon Jovi .

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It wasn't a silent night at the Rockefeller Center. In fact, it was lit!

a lit up city at night with Rockefeller Center in the background: The Christmas Tree is lit at Rockefeller Center during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhattan Dec. 4, 2019. © Seth Harrison/The Journal News The Christmas Tree is lit at Rockefeller Center during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhattan Dec. 4, 2019.

NBC’s biggest stars were on hand in New York Wednesday for the 87th annual lighting ceremony of the "most famous Christmas tree in the world," said "Today" host Al Roker, including "The Voice" coaches Gwen Stefani and John Legend, members of the "Saturday Night Live" cast and legendary rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

And the chilly 35-degree weather didn’t stop anyone from getting into the holiday spirit during the star-studded, two-hour "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" extravaganza.

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Jon Bon Jovi has been added to the lineup of musicians and entertainers that include The Voice coaches John Legend and Gwen Stefani , who will perform during the annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center tree lighting celebration that will take place in New York City, formally ushering in the holiday

They rehearsed for the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting later that evening in NYC. The weather in Manhattan was only a few degrees above freezing, so Idina was appropriately bundled up in a thick gray down jacket I mean, I knew they had high voices, but I didn't think it was exactly in my key.

If you missed the joyful performances, festive fashion and whopping 50,000 light bulbs, don't get your sleigh bells in a bunch, because USA TODAY's got you covered. Here are the top five moments from the Christmas celebration: 

Jon Bon Jovi

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer gave a powerful performance of "Unbroken" in front of dozens of uniformed service members from all branches of the military. The new song, which is featured in the Netflix documentary "To Be of Service," is an anthem for veterans struggling with PTSD.

"Did anyone else just see Jon Bon Jovi perform this? WOW it gave me goosebumps," tweeted @donna143241.

'Saturday Night Live'

Bah humbug. "Saturday Night Live" star Kenan Thompson didn't bring joy to the world when he opened the winter spectacle. 

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The annual Rockefeller tree lighting ceremony is always full of the hottest music acts ready to usher in the holiday season with lively or emotional carols and The star-studded lineup includes The Voice coaches John Legend and Gwen Stefani , sibling song-and-dance team Derek & Julianne Hough

On the night, Jon Bon Jovi performed "Unbroken" before rows of uniformed service men and women. The new song, which appears in the new Netflix documentary To Be of Earlier, Stefani got the action started with "You Make It Feel Like Christmas" and "White Christmas,” while fellow The Voice coach

"Santa works one day a year and I work, like, a million. How did he get that deal? I need his agent," Thompson said while walking around the sketch show's empty studio, right there in Rockefeller Plaza.

The Grinch Thompson then poked his head out of a window that overlooked the ceremony and yelled, "Hey, happy people, cut it! It's cold, it's crowded and you people got trees in your houses, so why don't you go look at those? Some people are trying to work!"

He added, "Christmas is for children and old people."

But, Thompson's co-stars – Aidy Bryant, Michael Che and Colin Jost – were able to change his mind and get him excited to rock around the (77-foot) Christmas tree.

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Gwen Stefani , John Legend, and more of your favorite stars are getting into the holiday spirit for the iconic Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting . NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center is something we all look forward to each and every year. The Rockefeller Christmas tree is one of the most iconic

A Legend-ary tree lighting ! Gwen Stefani , Julianne Hough and Bon Jovi perform at Rockefeller switch-on but headline act John Legend skips singing his The event, which was broadcast nationally on NBC, was complete with performances from John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Julianne Hough.

'The Voice'

Stefani kicked off the festivities by singing "You Make It Feel Like Christmas," and later performed "White Christmas" as it started to drizzle at the end of the festivities.

She was followed at the top of the show by fellow "Voice" coach Legend, who performed his holiday-inspired hits "Bring Me Love" and "Christmas Baby."

John Legend et al. on a stage: John Legend is projected on to a large screen during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhattan Dec. 4, 2019. © Seth Harrison, The Journal News-USA TODAY NETWO John Legend is projected on to a large screen during the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhattan Dec. 4, 2019.

Legend shied away from performing his new, controversial remake of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Kelly Clarkson. (Legend performed the updated holiday classic on "The Voice" Wednesday.)

But, his Rockefeller Center performances scored him at least one little fan, who was overcome with the Christmas spirit. "Apparently Jett is a @johnlegend fan," user @JGelnar7 tweeted alongside a video of the tot dancing and clapping along.

Julianne Hough

Hough returned to NBC for the first time since her and Gabrielle Union’s controversial exit from "America’s Got Talent" amid reports of a toxic work culture.

The dancer, who is set to star on NBC's "Holidays With the Houghs" on Dec. 16, appeared in high spirits as she sang "All I Want for Christmas Is Love" with Jordan Fisher.

Jordan Fisher et al. on a stage: Jordan Fisher and Julianne Hough perform onstage at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 04, 2019 in New York City. © John Lamparski, Getty Images Jordan Fisher and Julianne Hough perform onstage at the 87th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 04, 2019 in New York City.

Her brother, Derek Hough, was not far behind. He performed a high-energy rendition of "Sock it to Me, Santa." The performance scored mixed reviews on Twitter. 

Billy Porter and Idina Menzel

Porter had more than love to keep him warm

The "Pose" star showcased his signature flare in a long fur coat during his duet of "I Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" with Idina Menzel. As if it were not cold enough onstage, Porter accessorized his neck with some ice: a large diamond(?) necklace. 

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree

But the real star of the show was this year’s tree, a 77-foot Norway Spruce planted 60 years ago in Orange County, New York.

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The stars were out for the lighting of the tree on Christmas in Rockefeller Center . Stars such as Gwen Stefani , Pentatonix, and Jennifer Nettles. The event was hosted by the anchors of the Today Show, excluding Matt Lauer. Lauer had been terminated earlier that day for alleged sexual misconduct.

Official Site of Rockefeller Center - New York City's historic landmark for dining and shopping in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. Featuring sweeping skyline views, rooftop bars, works of art, and exciting events just steps from the Plaza, the iconic center is a top winter tourist attraction.

The tree was adorned with more than 50,000 colorful LED lights and topped with a 900-pound star made of more than 3 million Swarovski crystals. (Yes, you read that right.)

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Rockefeller Center tree lighting: Jon Bon Jovi, Gwen Stefani and Billy Porter sleigh it

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