Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift to ring in ’09 on ABC

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK – The Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie will ring in 2009 from Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”

They will perform live during the ABC broadcast, joining Clark along with his co-host Ryan Seacrest, the network announced.

Kellie Pickler also will be on hand in Times Square with live reports on the festivities.

As previously announced, Natasha Bedingfield, Fall Out Boy, Jesse McCartney, Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls, Solange and Robin Thicke will perform during the Hollywood Party segments, which will be hosted by Fergie.

The show, a New Year’s Eve tradition, will begin Dec. 31 at 10 p.m. EST.