Tonight, the ball will drop in an empty Times Square. Will anyone be singing there on a chilly stage, while Ryan Seacrest looks on from a distance and Jenny McCarthy licks Donnie Wahlberg at midnight? I don’t know. But here are some photos I dug up from NYE’s past, and it includes a resplendent Gaga headpiece I COMPLETELY forgot existed. And there will be smiling.

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