Justin Bieber to perform at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC
This year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ON CBS will feature performances by Justin Bieber, the events will be anchored by “Entertainment Tonight” host Kevin Frazier and “The Insider’s” Keltie Knight and air live from New York City on Thanksgiving Day. The parade will be broadcast 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, live ET/8:00-11:00 AM.
This will be the 55th year that CBS will host the popular Thanksgiving tradition, the special will feature portions of the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, also live from New York City. Additional performances during the parade will include the casts of the Tony Award-winning Broadway productions of “Jersey Boys” and “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical.”
Dropping by the parade to talk with Frazier and Knight are Wayne Brady, host of the CBS daytime game show LET’S MAKE A DEAL” and currently starring in the Tony Award-winning musical “Kinky Boots”; Renée Elise Goldsberry, a recurring guest star on THE GOOD WIFE, on CBS, and starring in the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical “Hamilton”; model Taylor Hill, who will be featured in THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW on Tuesday, Dec. 8, on CBS; and actor George Takei, star of the new Broadway musical “Allegiance.”
Justin Bieber’s eagerly anticipated fourth studio album, Purpose, will be released Friday, Nov. 13. The album has already spawned the smash hit singles “What Do You Mean?” “Where R U Now” and “Sorry.” “What Do You Mean?” has already earned Bieber his #1 on Billboard’s top 40 radio-based Pop Songs airplay chart, with more than 135 million/radio listeners per week. The week of the single was released, “What Do You Mean?” became his first #1 on Billboard’s all-format airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot 100. The single also went to #1 in Canada, became his first #1 U.K. national chart hit, hit #1 at iTunes within five minutes of its worldwide release last month and reached #1 at iTunes in more than 90 countries. “What Do You Mean?” sold over 335,000 units digitally in the U.S. in its first week of release, and the single broke the Weekly Global Spotify streaming record with more than 41 million streams, reaching 100 million global streams in less than one month.
Frazier and Knight will anchor from a site along the parade route in New York City. The beloved parade is famous for its gigantic balloons of cartoon character favorites, fantastic floats and lively marching bands from across the country. This will mark the fifth consecutive year Frazier has hosted. Knight is hosting for the first time.
Kevin Frazier co-hosts “Entertainment Tonight” with Nancy O’Dell. The two-time Emmy Award-winning entertainment news program is in its 35th season. Prior to joining “Entertainment Tonight” as co-host, Frazier co-anchored its sister show, “The Insider.” He has appeared as an entertainment expert on news and entertainment programs, including CBS News’s “The Early Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” CNN’s “Larry King Live” and “Nancy Grace,” and HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show.” Also, since September 2013, Frazier has hosted “Game Changers with Kevin Frazier,” which spotlights professional athletes who use their public image to make positive changes in the lives of fans in need. It is part of the CBS “Dream Team, It’s Epic!” Saturday morning lineup. Frazier began his broadcasting career as a local sports reporter. Prior to first joining “Entertainment Tonight” in 2004, he served as host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “NBA Shoot Around” and “NBA Fastbreak.” Also, he has served as a sideline reporter for the “NFL on Fox” telecasts.
Knight is a correspondent and the weekend co-host for Emmy Award-nominated entertainment news program, “The Insider.” Originally, she joined the show as its music expert and has interviewed some of the music industry’s biggest names, from Taylor Swift to Alicia Keys to Stevie Wonder and Miley Cyrus. She has also covered numerous red carpet events for “The Insider,” including the Primetime Emmy Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the MET Gala. Formerly a New York City Rockette and dancer for Kanye West and Beyoncé, Knight began her broadcasting career hosting an episode of CMT’s “Top Twenty Countdown.” Soon after, Knight became the music host for LiveNation and then the correspondent for FUSE’s “Fuse News” and “Trending 10.” She has also appeared as a dance expert on the shows “Millionaire Matchmaker,” “Dancing with the Stars Afterparty,” and as a music expert on “Duets Afterparty.” Additionally, Knight is an acclaimed author and released a novel, The Imperfections of James and Kate, in February 2014, and a memoir, Rockettes, Rockstars and Rockbottom, about her life, dance and rock and roll. She has also made cameo appearances in television and film, including “The Young and the Restless,” on the Network, and “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” Knight’s blog, aprettyheart.com, has an impressive global following and extremely loyal fan base, with a readership of 3.5 million. A strong supporter of animal rights, Knight was featured in an anti-fur ad campaign for PETA.
Emmy Award-winning producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss (“The Tony Awards”) are executive producers for THE THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE ON CBS. Weiss will also direct.