Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Drake: New Year's Eve 2011 Celebrations

(Nicki Minaj celebrates New Year's 2011 in Miami)

On New Year’s Eve, we know that YEEZY WORLD PEACE (aka Kanye West) will likely treat some lucky crowd to a DJ set under his brand new alias, and hopefully there will be footage to prove it when January 1, 2012 rolls around. In the meantime, check out what some other hip-hop stars have planned to ring in 2012. J. Cole's performance will be broadcast from Times Square, while Rick Ross will party in Miami and Drake will play a bash in Las Vegas on New Year's Day.

New York

After celebrating in Miami last year, Nicki Minaj will take the stage at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve With Ryan Seacrest,” to perform some of her new music, along with Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga who will countdown to the ball drop. Catch performances from J. Cole and Mac Miller on “MTV NYE in NYC 2012,” which will broadcast from Times Square, then Wale will perform a show at the Highline Ballroom on January 1 at 1a.m.


Rick Ross will host a bash at Cameo nightclub in South Beach, while Ms. Lauryn Hill will perform at the Shelborne Beach Resort. Robin Thicke will give an intimate performance at the Delano Hotel where his wife Paula Patton will join him.

Las Vegas

Last year Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyonce rang in the New Year in Vegas and this year Sin City will be a big draw once again. A newly engaged John Legend will celebrate with his beau Chrissy Teigen at the Palms, while B.o.B. will party at LAX at the Luxor Hotel and Chris Brown will host a party at PURE at Caesars Palace. Mary J. Blige will hold court at the launch party for RPM at the Tropicana hotel and Stevie Wonder can be found hanging at the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Drake will jet to Vegas for a New Year’s Day show after a December 31st performance on "New Year's Eve with Carson Daily," with Cee Lo and The Roots.

Los Angeles

Kreayshawn will performe at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, and Lupe Fiasco will take the stage for the "Big Bang New Year’s Eve" at the Kodak Theatre.