Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw to Perform at NBC's 'Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular'

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May 28th, 2013

Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

via press release:


THURSDAY, JULY 4th (8-10 p.m. ET)

Multi-Faceted Entertainer Nick Cannon to Host the Live Telecast

New York - May 28, 2013 - NBC celebrates the nation's 237th birthday with a live broadcast of the "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," featuring all-star performances by multi-platinum singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, GRAMMY® Award winning Tim McGraw and others. Hosted by Nick Cannon of NBC's "America's Got Talent," the two-hour show will air on Thursday, July 4th from 8-10 p.m. ET, with an encore presentation of the second hour of the fireworks special airing at 10 p.m.

"Mariah Carey and Tim McGraw are the perfect complement to Macy's exceptional fireworks display," said Doug Vaughan, EVP of Specials and Late Night Programming for NBC Entertainment. "NBC is thrilled to have these amazing artists join us in celebrating America's birthday."

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold and a ground-breaking career total of 224 #1 Billboard hits, including an unprecedented 18 #1 Hot 100 singles, the most of any solo artist in history! Mariah's brand new single, "#Beautiful" a collaboration with Miguel, has won critical raves and is already #1 in over 30 countries and a certified radio smash. "#Beautiful" is the lead single from Mariah's new album. With her world renowned voice and her award-winning songwriting and producing and longevity she has clearly earned her place at the top of music's pantheon. As a singer/songwriter/ producer, she has been recognized with five GRAMMY® Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and BMI's Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.

Tim McGraw was recently certified as the most-played country artist of the past 20 years. His latest album, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, debuted at No. one on the Billboard Country Albums chart marking his 14th career No. one debut. Since the release of his first album in 1993, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, dominated the charts with 33 No. one singles, won three GRAMMY’s, 15 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated “The Blind Side,” ”Country Strong,” and “Friday Night Lights” —as well as hosting ”Saturday Night Live,” a rare honor for a singer in any genre.

Cited by People magazine as one of the top 10 most successful young people in Hollywood and featured on the covers of magazine's such as Complex and Black Enterprises' 40 Under 40, Nick Cannon is a successful multi-faceted entertainer: film star, comedian, TV and radio host, musician, writer, director, executive producer and philanthropist. Cannon currently serves as host of NBC's hit "America's Got Talent," and Cannon's NCredible Entertainment banner.

The 37th annual Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® is the nation's largest patriotic pyrotechnic display with over 40,000 fireworks igniting the sky over the Hudson River. This year's show will also feature a first-ever, one-of-a-kind collaboration with global superstar Usher.

For the first time in the history of the show, a superstar artist is collaborating with Macy's creative and pyrotechnic teams. Lending his artistic inspiration and talent, eight-time Grammy® Award-winning artist Usher is curating the overall design of the show, entitled "It Begins with A Spark." From the rousing musical selections to the spectacular Fireworks in the sky, Usher is putting his visionary stamp on the nation's biggest Independence Day party

"This year Macy's 4th of July Fireworks will be transformed into a giant party in the sky captivating audiences along the Hudson River and on television screens across the country," Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy's 4th of July Fireworks. "Since 1976, Macy's Fireworks have grown in scale and artistry. With this collaboration with Usher, we are taking the show to the next level of entertainment spectacle, combining the very best of Macy's Fireworks with Usher's unparalleled artistic vision."

The telecast is a production of Universal Television in association with Macy's. It is produced by Brad Lachman Productions with Lachman serving as executive producer. Bill Bracken is producer. 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.

  • TV Viewer

    I really like to watch the PBS fireworks from Washington D.C., the NBC fireworks from NYC, and the CBS fireworks from Boston. Seeing all 3 shows in HDTV is very enjoyable, and if one event is rained out, (which has happened), it is not very likely the rain storm will affect the other two shows as well. Almost no rain storm has covered the area from Washington D.C. to Boston on the evening of July 4.

  • CrimeDawg

    224 Number one Hits for Mariah Carey…thinking that maybe this is a typo.

  • JR35

    They’re probably looking at *all* charts. And, not sure what they’re counting as “#1 in over 30 countries”- surely not on official charts. In any event, people associated with Mimi they sure do over-hype the chart/sales stats- always been that way. For instance, she’s not the best-selling female act of all time- one of, absolutely, but not THE.

  • jamie

    She IS the best selling female artist of all time.

    Can’t wait to see Mariah perform again. Hope she’s phenomenal when she sets the stage.

  • fatal

    That’s a huge typo on MeMe’s made up numbers-that hag spews so many fake numbers out it’s really just so much BS-besides how is MeMe pulling off a live performance-didn’t do it for the NFL, the tree lighting or Idol-all pretaped while she “sang” to a studio track then edited and had the sound fixed-singing to a studio track is the same as lipping it MeMe-and since she can’t even stay in her clothes that a 3 sizes too small for a pathetic sound edited pretaped 1 song GMA “Concert” it’s obvious there will be a whole lot of faking going on to pull this side show off-however the fat cow poser fakes it I will make sure to miss it-she is obnoxious and annoying-Meme just ain’t all that–in fact in 3 years Nicki Minaj has more songs on the BILLBOARD chart than MeMe has got on there in 20-as far as songs making an appearance on the Billboard Music charts MeMe is at the bottom of that list-that was published by Billboard-so just because MeMe and her brainwashed sheep can’t count and are to illiterate to remember actual facts doesn’t stop them continually Bahh bahhh bahhing all over the place

  • joe

    LOL omg this post is so false!!! First of all its MADONNA the worlds best selling female recording artist!! yes mariah has 18 #1’s in the us,,,madonna has 12″ 1’s,,,,but has 6 # 2 songs on the hot 100,,,and overall 38 top ten songs on the hot 100,,,more than elvis and the beatles,,,,madonna has 13# 1 songs in the uk,,mariah has like 2 or 3,,,,madonna has 25# 1 songs in canada,,,etc etc the list goes on,,its very easy to see that madonna has sold way much more than mariah carey,,,,,and this new song ” beautiful” is not # 1 in 30 countries,,,,,its only # 20 on billboard hot 100 as i speak.

  • Phil

    Of course Mariah has to sing given that her husband is hosting. #Beautiful

  • Felipe

    she is the best seeling female artist of all time because she has sold more record in a short period of time.In 10 years she sold 140 million of albums, this is a big achievement .Not even Madonna sold so much records as Mariah did in this time.

  • joe

    Felipe,,,it doesnt matter in how much time she sold albums,,the point is “OVERALL” not in 1 year,5 years.15 years,,,etc,,,OVERALL,,,madonna has sold more GLOBALLY!! thats why shes the best selling female recording artist,,,4ever!! come on get real madonna has 64!!!! top 10 songs in the UK.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,rihanna has collected #1 songs much faster than mariah carey,,,,since her debut in 05 she has 12 number 1 songs,,,,,still it doesnt mean shes a better seller than mariah,,,just like mariah isnt a better seller than madonna,,,,,all other female artists are under madonna and always will be,,,madonna is the M in music,,,thats all there is to it!! Madonna has the best selling world tour for a female,,,,mariah has a hard time filling stadiums,,,it seems people just buy her album,,but dont attend her concerts much. MADONNA WILL ALWAYS BE THE BEST!!look it up on the internet,,,genius book of records,,,etc,,,,MADONNA IS THE BEST SELLING FEMALE RECORDING ARTIST IN HISTORY!


    224 AWARDS not #1’s on billboard. typo.

  • jamie

    joe, get a life. Billboard and IFPI already named Mariah as the best selling female artist of all time and no one mentioned Madonna in this article. Thank you.

  • joe

    LOL dear jamie,,you are so gravely wrong!!!,,,for example alone in the UK madonna has 13#1 songs,,64 top 10 hits,,,what does mariah have?? perhaps 2# 1 songs,,,,in canada madonna 25# 1 songs,,even more than celine dion which btw is from canada,,,in australia more number ones than olivia newton john,,etc etc madonna in the us has 38 top 10 songs in billboard hot 100,,mariah has 27,,,all mariah has on madonna is more hot100 #1’s she has 18,,madonna has 12,,,but madonna has 6 #2 songs on the hot 100,,,and more top 5 billboard hot 100 songs more than any female. and 38 top 10 songs,,more than the beatles,,,mariah still needs 12 more top ten songs to pass madonna’s 38 top 10 songs,,,and yes jamie i have a great life,,,just please dont take out your anger on me that madonna is the BEST SELLING FEMALE RCORDING ARTIST OF ALL TIME. PERIOD!!!

  • joe

    and jamie,,,actually i just looked it up!!,,,and billboard and ifpi,,which stands for “International Federation of the Phonographic Industry” states madonna as the the best selling female,,im sorry but its the truth

  • Brit

    does anyone know if you can see the performers? is it outside, live to see? I’ve been looking online with no success.

  • cork

    where do you park and where is the concert any help with any information geatly appreciated, thanks

  • Marisin

    Mariah is the best female singer all of time. I can’t wait to see her July 4. Good luck with you new album MIMI.

  • Jason phelan

    When did the 4th of July become about people promoting their own agendas. I do not give a **** about that Pit Bull moron, Mariah “Squealing” Carey “, Taylor ” The ***** ” Swift, or any of the others…It should be about honoring our country, the service and family members that sacrificed everything to ensure our way of life. Oh yeah, I thought Cher was dead??? Where are the Traditional Military Hymns, Stars and Stripes Forever and God Bless the USA. This country is *******. Why isn’t Lindsey Lohan leading the parade? Oh yeah-She is either in bed with Charlie Sheen, or in rehab-WTF

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