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Celebs Welcome the New Year

How Celebs Welcomed 2011

This year our favorite people ended the 00s with a splash. From Vegas to New York City, celebrities like Jay-Z, Kanye West, Taraji P. Henson and Forest Whitaker popped the bubbly at the stroke of midnight and told 2011 to bring it on. Take a look at how they welcomed the new year.

Rashida Jones

Jones went to see Jay-Z and Coldplay perform at the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration in Las Vegas.

Jay-Z

Hov' performed at the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration in Las Vegas.

Kanye West

Kanye West performed at the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration with Jay-Z and Coldplay in Las Vegas.

Brandy

Brandy was also in Vegas to attend the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration.

Taraji P. Henson and Forest and Keisha Whitaker

Lucky guy Forest Whitaker had two lovely ladies by his side, his wife Keisha and actress Taraji P. Henson. The three were also in Vegas to attend the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration.

Selita Ebanks

Selita Ebanks was looking fab at the Cosmopolitan Grand Opening and New Year's Eve Celebration in Las Vegas.

Nicki Minaj

Hip Hop "It" girl Nicki Minaj did it up big and hosted her own "All Pink Everything" New Year's Eve 2011 party in Miami.

Ne-Yo

Ne-yo and all his fineness performed on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve celebration.

Drake

Drake ripped the mic during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve celebration.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson brought the house down with her sassy cover of Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve celebration. Looking great J-Hud!

Willow Smith

What a cutie: Willow Smith also performed on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

Rihanna

Rihanna spent New Year's Eve in Las Vegas at the Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace.

B.o.B.

B.o.B hosted a New Year's Eve party at Jet Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill welcomed the new year with a performance at the 2011 "CIROC the New Year's" party at Gansevoort Park Avenue in New York City.

Tyrese

Tyrese attended the 2011 "CIROC New Year's" party in New York City.

Malinda Williams

Actress and ESSENCE.com blogger Malinda Williams attended the 2011 "CIROC New Year's" party in New York City.

Trey Songz

What a great way to welcome the new year — on stage. Trey Songz performed during the Usher OMG Tour New Year's Eve Concert in Miami.

Diddy and Fabolous

Gentleman's Club: Fabolous and Diddy hosted their own celebration at LAX Nightclub in Las Vegas.

Ashanti and Nelly

Lovebirds Ashanti and Nelly brought in the new year at Haze Nightclub in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NeNe Leakes

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes popped her bubbly live on the air during a taping of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live: Andy's New Year's Party" in NYC.

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