Pop star Lady Gaga was at Times Square in New York to join Mayor Michael Bloomberg in welcoming in the New Year along with millions of people from around the world at a concert and street party hosted by popular host Ryan Seacrest.
Bloomberg said this year's annual celebration was attended by millions of people, some coming early in the night to secure a good spot in the Square to witness the annual popular event.
“Largest crowd ever. It’s a great night. A couple of million people,” Mayor Bloomberg told Ryan Seacrest who was the evening's master of ceremonies.
Lady Gaga was photographed kissing Mayor Bloomberg on the lips as they danced away the night to the tune of the The Auld Lang Syne and Lady Gaga's popular selections that include, “Heavy Metal Lover,” “Marry The Night,” and “Born This Way” which she sang during the celebrations.
The New Year merry-making was highlighted by the Internet's most-talked about kiss between Mayor Bloomberg and Lady Gaga in front of millions who attended the concert, which features other popular guest stars like Justin Bieber, Pitbull and Drake.
According to Atlantic Wire, Mayor Bloomberg used the occasion to steal a kiss from Lady Gaga as they watched the ball dropped to signal the end of 2011 and the start of the New Year. But observers who witnessed the most talked-about kiss are saying they could be part of the script, while others say the kiss seemed real.
Lady Gaga was handpicked by Mayor Bloomberg as his ball drop partner in the annual event so they may have some previous friendship according to Huff Post Entertainment
The Times Square celebration is a tradition that was first held in 1907. The time ball which remains on a flagpole throughout the year is lowered at 11:59 p.m. every year to signal the end of the year as thousands celebrate the coming of the new year.
It is estimated that about two billion people watch the Times Square ceremonies on video around the world and around 70 million in the US.