2013 Toyota Concert Series
Take a look back at hot artists like Miley Cyrus, Cher, and Ariana Grande, who performed their hits live on the plaza for the 2013 Toyota Concert Series.
Lady Antebellum salute vets with National Anthem
From left, Charles Kelly, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, known collectively as country-pop trio Lady Antebellum, help TODAY commemorate Veterans Day with a performance of the National Anthem live on the plaza on Nov. 11.
The Fray tells TODAY, 'Love Don't Die'
The popular guys behind the smash hits "How to Save a Life" and "Heartbeat" are back with a new song. They performed their latest "Love Don't Lie" live on Oct. 22 on the TODAY show plaza.
Cody Simpson serenades U.S. fans on the plaza
The Australian YouTube sensation who's been compared to Justin Bieber sang his new single "La Da Dee" live on TODAY on Oct. 21.
'What Does the Fox Say'? TODAY viewers find out!
Bard Ylvisaker, one half of the Norwegian comedy-pop duo Ylvis, performs the viral novelty sensation "What Does the Fox Say?" on the TODAY plaza on Oct. 11.
Tony Bennett gives TODAY 'One for the Road'
Marking the release of "Tony Bennett Live at the Sahara: Las Vegas, 1964," a CD recording of one of his greatest performances, the legendary singer such classics as "One for the Road" in Studio 1A on Oct. 9.
She can't stop: Miley takes TODAY by storm
Fresh from hosting and performing on Saturday Night Live, Miley Cyrus sings her hits on the TODAY plaza on Monday, October 7.
We love it! Icona Pop performs new single
Best friends and Swedish musical duo Aino Jawo and Caroline Hjelt of Icona Pop, known for their hit song "I love it," perform their new single 'All Night' on Sept. 27.
It's a 'Woman's World,' says Cher
The legendary singer is hitting the road again and one of her first stops was the TODAY plaza. After arriving on the back of a NYC police motorcycle, Cher sang her newest single "Woman's World," talked about her 26th album titled "Closer to the Truth" and her upcoming tour.
Five for Fighting rocks TODAY
John Ondrasik, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name Five for Fighting, talks about his sixth album, “Bookmarks,” and performs a song from it, “What If?” live on TODAY's Concert Series on September 19.
Billy Currington sings 'Hey Girl' for KLG, Hoda
Country star Billy Currington got his start in music by singing at church and performed in nightclubs in Nashville before making it big. He peforms his hit song “Hey Girl” that’s been one of the top singles for eight weeks in a row on the country charts.
James Blunt serenades the TODAY crowd
The British singer made his TODAY debut on TODAY eight years ago, and now, after three world tours and a Grammy nomination, he came back on September 16 to perform “Bonfire Heart,” his latest single from his album “Moon Landing.”
Janelle Monae electrifies the plaza
With her energetic, retro-flavored funky sound, Janelle Monae turned up the volume on the TODAY plaza September 12, 2013, rocking out her tune "Dance Apocalyptic" while getting up close and personal with the crowd.
Keith Urban brings a 'whole new energy'
Keith Urban celebrated the release of his first album since 2011 by performing "Little Bit of Everything" and "Even the Stars Fall 4 U" on September 10, 2013, and also took time to chat briefly with TODAY's Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
Ariana Grande gets a big reception on the plaza
Not only did Ariana Grande get to perform before a crowd of cheering fans on the TODAY plaza on September 3, 2013, but her debut album "Yours Truly," which dropped the same day, hit No. 1 in the U.S.
Florida Georgia Line show how they do it 'Round Here'
Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, left, and Tyler Hubbard, perform their hit, "Round Here," on the plaza on September 2, 2013.
Nelly takes the plaza crowd on a 'Cruise'
Rap/R&B star Nelly teamed up with country sensations Florida Georgia Line to create one of the summer's most unlikely hits, "Cruise," and had no problem working up a little sweat on Labor Day, September 2, 2013. He then followed up with a medley of his hit and a version of his latest single, "Heaven."
Chris Brown brings the 'X Factor'
Grammy Award-winning R&B star Chris Brown dropped by the TODAY plaza on August. 30, 2013 to get the pre-Labor Day crowds jumping and screaming, as he launched into versions of "Fine China," "Beat It," and his new single, "Love More."
18,000-plus One Direction fans pack the plaza
The British supergroup brought a large number of fans to their TODAY concert on August 23, 2013 and they were eager to hear all of their hits. Between their sets, which featured "What Makes You Beautiful," "Kiss You" and their latest track, "Best Song Ever," they guys gave details about their upcoming 3D movie and Zayn's recent engagement.
"We wanted to really give (fans) behind-the-scenes access," Niall said.
Country star Luke Bryan comes to the Big Apple
Fans from all over watched Luke Bryan perform his country hits on the plaza on Aug. 16, 2013. The Georgia native performed four songs, including “Crash My Party,” “That’s My Kind of Night,” and a number picked by TODAY viewers, “Country Girl.”
Jimmy Buffet on the road again
Jimmy Buffet kicked off his shoes to sing new songs and old classics for Parrotheads and casual fans on August 15, 2013. He performed classic hits like “Margaritaville” and “Fins” along with new tunes from his upcoming studio record, “Songs from St. Somewhere."
The laid-back songster is back on the road after being “on vacation,” and is producing a Broadway production of the 2003 movie “Big Fish.”
Flo Rida dazzles on the plaza
Wearing a sparkly gold head of Jesus necklace, Flo Rida made a last-minute appearance on the TODAY plaza on August 9, 2013, as scheduled singer Michael Buble cancelled to be by his wife's side as she went into labor (it was a false alarm). The rapper pumped up the crowd with energetic performances of four songs: "Wild Ones," "Can't Believe It," "Whistle" and "I Cry." The rapper’s next album will be released in October.
All in the family: The Band Perry performs on the plaza
Singer Kimberly Perry, alongside brothers Neil and Reid Perry, got the crowd going on August 2, 2013, while performing a few of their catchy country tunes. The Band Perry is truly a family affair: even mom and dad tour around with the siblings, mostly as "Starbucks runners," Kimberly said.
Robin Thicke heats up the plaza with triple platinum hit
Robin Thicke fans packed the plaza to hear the 36-year-old's performance of his summer hit, “Blurred Lines,” which spent 7 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts.
When asked about the controversy surrounding the lyrics of his song, the singer replied, “When we made the song we had nothing but the most respect for women.”
Train pulls into the TODAY plaza
Train performed a few of their songs for the plaza crowd on July 26, including hit single "Hey, Soul Sister." Singer Pat Monahan revealed a second career aspiration: TODAY anchor.
"My goal is that one day, you'll say 'why don't you just stay,' and I'll join you guys every morning," he told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.
Marc Anthony brings salsa sounds to the plaza
Grammy winner Marc Anthony performed his new song, "Vivir Mi Vida" ("It's My Life"), for fans on July 23, 2013. The Puerto Rican singer just released his 11th studio album "3.0"
"It's like a whole new and improved me," he joked on TODAY.
Fall Out Boy beats the heat
On an unusually hot summer day, Fall Out Boy took to the plaza stage to perform a handful of songs for a sweaty crowd on July 19, 2013. Even their guitars were affected by the sun: "They go from cold to hot really quick, the wood expands — a lot of science involved!" band member Joe Trohman said.
Fifth Harmony plays on the plaza for "Harmonizers"
Former "X Factor" contestants brought their pop sound to the plaza stage, performing their debut single "Miss Movin' On." The group's fans, called "Harmonizers," took to social media to ensure the concert would be outside on the TODAY plaza.
Orange in Big Apple: Ed Sheeran
Many fans of Ed Sheeran dressed in orange for British singer-songwriter (whose albums include "Orange Room") when he performed for a big crowd on Rockefeller Plaza on July 12.
John Mayer to fans: I'm back!
Putting his hiatus for throat surgery behind him, singer-songwriter John Mayer put on his first television performances in recent years when he sang his hit "Waiting On the World to Change" and his new single "Paperdoll" live on the plaza on July 5, 2013.
Phillip Phillips is 'Home' with fans
Singer and winner of Season 11 "American Idol," Phillip Phillips performed his smash hit "Home" from his new album "The World From the Side of the Moon" on TODAY on June 28, 2013.
Fans go 'Crazy' for Hunter Hayes
On June 21, 2013, the plaza was packed with fans of the country singer who made his TODAY summer concert debut, singing his hits "Somebody's Heartbreak," "I Want Crazy" and more.
Maroon 5 asks for 'One More Night'
It was a chilly June morning, but that didn't stop fans from coming to the plaza to see Maroon 5 perform hits from their album "Overexposed" on TODAY on June 14, 2013. The group, who have been together for 10 years, say they keep each other's egos in check.
Lionel Richie, TODAY anchors get the party started
Not even inclement weather could dampen Lionel Richie 's June 7, 2013, concert. After it moved inside to Studio 1A, the performance turned into a karaoke party especially when the TODAY anchors joined the legend during his hit "All Night Long."
Boyz II Men show off their smooth moves
The popular group from the '90s, touring with 98 Degrees and New Kids on the Block, performed their 1991 hit "Motownphilly" along with its singature dance routine on the plaza on May 31, 2013.
98 Degrees warm up their fans
Continuing with the boy band-palooza, 98 Degrees sang their 1999 ballad "The Hardest Thing" live on TODAY on May 31, 2013.
New Kids on the Block have the 'Right Stuff'
The beloved boy band treated grown fans to a medley of their hits, including "Hangin Tough" and "Step by Step," when they performed on TODAY on May 31, 2013.
Concert series gets off to a fun. start
The indie pop band .fun launched the 2013 Toyota Concert Series with a special performance at the Jersey Shore as it reopened following Sandy's destruction. The group played their hits "We Are Young," "Carry On" and "Some Nights" for hundreds on May 24, 2013.