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Grammy Award winner Gloria Gaynor has a message for the year 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic: “I Will Survive.”

The good news is that we’re all invited to join her in singing the song to ring out 2020 and ring in 2021 during her performance at the New Year’s Eve celebration in New York’s Times Square.

According to event organizers, this year’s celebration in Times Square will be a celebration of perseverance, honoring essential workers as the “Heroes of 2020” -- first responders, frontline and essential workers, and their families who sacrificed so much in 2020. Although the event will not include a public audience, as its designated “Special Guests,” the Heroes of 2020 will be represented on site by New York families of first responders, frontline, and essential workers.

Gaynor’s disco hit “I Will Survive” is a fitting song for the event. The breakup anthem spent 17 weeks on the charts in 1979 and peaked at the Number 4 spot, Billboard notes.

“The Special Guest plays a pivotal role in the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration, most notably by representing resounding resolve and a determined spirit, at a time when the world collectively awaits a renewed beginning,” Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance, said in a statement. “This year, it feels most appropriate to shine a spotlight on the individuals who are tirelessly leading our nation through hard times with unshakable strength, determination, and poise, as well as their families, who deal with their own set of sacrifices.”

Gaynor will also perform her 1975 hit “Never Can Say Goodbye” as well as “Joy Comes In The Morning,” from her 2020 Grammy Award-winning gospel album Testimony.

The New Year’s Eve celebration will not include a public audience. It will instead be streamed on multiple sites -- including Times Square NYC, Livestream, and Times Square Ball.

Be sure to check programming times for your area.

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