Carey to Play Times Square on New Year's Eve

Mariah Carey will perform live from Times Square on ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

It will mark the first time in the 34-year history of the year-end special that a singer has performed from Times Square, the network said.

Carey will join co-hosts Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest as the final minutes of 2005 are counted down and the famed ball drop begins.

The 76-year-old Clark, long a New Year's Eve tradition, will be making his first television appearance since suffering a stroke last December.

Hilary Duff will host the West Coast portions of the show, introducing artists including The Bangles, Chris Brown, Sean Paul, The Pussycat Dolls, Sugarland, 3 Doors Down and 311. Duff will also perform.