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Hoda Kotb gets 'Footloose' in blowout birthday performance with Kenny Loggins

As a TODAY anchor, Hoda Kotb does many things bright and early — and celebrating her 50th birthday is no exception. Though the milestone occasion doesn’t arrive until this weekend, she celebrated on Tuesday by fulfilling a dream that’s long been on her bucket list: singing backup for Kenny Loggins.

After giving Kotb a quick voice-coaching session by phone on Monday, the superstar singer-songwriter brought his band, Blue Sky Riders, to the TODAY studio to perform his classic hit “Footloose,” with Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford handling chorus harmonies.

“I’m a little scared,” Loggins joked of sharing the stage with amateurs.



He had no reason to worry. Playing so cool, obeying every rule, Kotb belted the 1984 tune with confidence and swagger, even syncing her stage moves with those of her TODAY co-anchor.

“It was so joyful and so much fun,” the birthday girl enthused afterward. “I want to do it again!”

Clearly, times aren't holding her down.

Kenny Loggins and Blue Sky Riders are on tour now. A Kickstarter campaign to fund the group’s next studio album runs until Aug. 14.