Kenny Chesney, 5SOS, Meghan Trainor among Macy’s July 4th performers

Kenny Chesney, 5 Seconds of Summer and Meghan Trainor are among the performers during NBC’s annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular. TODAY co-hosts Willie Geist and Tamron Hall return to emcee the broadcast airing Monday, July 4th from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. An hour long encore presentation will follow at 10 p.m. More performers will be announced soon.

The 40th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will illuminate the sky over New York City in an unparalleled display of color, shapes, light and sound. They will be launched from five firing locations on the East River in midtown and within the Seaport district. The 2016 celebration will include more than 56,000 pyrotechnic effects. It will feature the New York debut of pyro-writing, an explosive version of skywriting created using fireworks that will spell out “USA” in the night sky. The 25 minute synchronized display will be choreographed to a soaring and patriotic score performed by the United States Air Force Band and Jennifer Holliday.

“NBC is thrilled to join Macy’s in celebrating the 240th anniversary of our nation,” an NBC spokesperson said. “We have an amazing lineup of musical performances and guests to join in the festivities that will lead to the biggest fireworks display in the country.”

The Dallas Morning news has described Kenny Chesney as “two parts Mick Jagger, one part Bruce Springsteen and one part Billy Graham” for his live shows. The superstar has garnered 28 No. 1’s and has sold over 30 million albums. His No. 1’s include “American Kids,” “Young,” “I Go Back,” “Wild Child” and “Noise.”

Rolling Stone has hailed 5 Seconds of Summer the “biggest new rock act in the world.” They are the only band in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard 200 at No. 1. Their self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide. More than 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks were sold in the U.S. alone. 2015’s Sounds Good Feels Good charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Their documentary/concert film, How Did We End Up Here? – Live at Wembley Arena, was the highest-selling music DVD of 2015. The band is currently on their “Sounds Live Feels Live” world tour.

Meghan Trainor released her highly anticipated sophomore album, Thank You, on May 13th. The album’s lead single, “No,” is the fiery, feisty kiss-off anthem which is already a platinum-selling hit. The second single, “Me Too,” is currently in the Top Ten on the iTunes Single Chart. Trainor teamed up with producer Ricky Reed who serves as the album’s co-executive producer alongside Trainor.

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Author: Buddy Iahn

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