Hosts Nick Cannon and Mario Lopez, along with co-host Maria Menounos, lead the two-hour telecast. Corey Cott and the cast of Newsies offer a performance of “Carrying the Banner." The program also features special appearances by Sarah Hyland, Nolan Gould and Aubrey Emmons-Anderson from ABC’s "Modern Family"; actor Patrick Warburton; Olympic Gold Medal-winning gymnast Gabrielle Douglas; and Daytime TV's Sophia Grace & Rosie. Travel expert and television personality Samantha Brown will check in throughout the broadcast.
TV watchers can also expect to enjoy performances by country/pop supergroup Lady Antebellum, Backstreet Boys, acoustic queen Colbie Caillat, country superstar Brad Paisley, musician/actor Ross Lynch, Christian rock chart-topper TobyMac, “American Idol” Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips and gospel legend Yolanda Adams.
The telecast also includes a special salute to our Armed Forces and Veterans, including a star-spangled celebration when the United States Marine Corps West Coast Composite Band marches down Main Street, U.S.A., led by Drum Major Gunnery Sergeant Jesse Barta.