Carson vs. Clark on New Year's Eve

NBC is sending Carson Daly (search) to go head-to-head against Dick Clark (search) on New Year's Eve.

The MTV host will anchor NBC's first New Year's Eve special — featuring a batch of pop music stars — from Rockefeller Center.

Dick Clark's annual show has been a holiday fixture for more than 30 years — and, until now, has been pretty much unchallenged.

Daly has often been compared to Clark because they both hosted afternoon music shows — albeit in two different eras.