Rihanna, New Kids on the Block, Chris Brown, Lenny Kravitz, and more set to rock Today show's Toyota concert series

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NBC’s Today show recently announced the lineup for their annual concert series.

Flame-haired songstress Rihanna will kick off the Toyota-sponsored affair on May 22, making this her fourth time on the Rockefeller Plaza stage.

Nineties pop studs and upcoming tour brothers New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys perform a few Fridays after, on June 3, while acts like Chris Brown, Train, an Maroon 5 all join later.

Check out the entire roster of performers after the jump:

May

5/27 Rihanna

June

6/2 – American Idol Winner and Runner Up (special Thursday performance)

6/3 – New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys

6/10 – The Script

6/17 – Kenny Chesney

6/24 – Bruno Mars

July

7/1 – Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Ne-Yo

7/8 – Blake Shelton

7/15 – Chris Brown

7/22 – Cee Lo Green

7/29 – Journey

August

8/5 – Maroon 5

8/12 – Zac Brown Band

8/19 – Enrique Iglesias

8/26 – Train

September

9/2 – Lenny Kravitz

And that’s not it! Today‘s press release teases that “Additional performances may be announced throughout the season.” Uh, BeyoncĂ© anyone?

What do you think of their lineup? Let us know.

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  • laura

    This girl CANT sing ..dont get why xtina songs are not chart but this girl is getting so much publicity just changing her hair smh

    • toodles

      I agree.

    • Cat

      Sex is more important than talent nowadays.

  • Winona

    They have 3/4 of The Voice coaching staff… why no Xtina?

    • Mike

      Yea… I was going to say, they sure are pimping their “coaches”.

    • PN

      Christina Aguilera had alread performed on the concert series last year, on the day of her Bionic album release on June 8th. She could have performed some other songs from the album like Glam, Prima Donna and other songs if she had booked a date this summer.

  • Barry

    Everybody on this list suxs except for Journey & Lenny.

  • Cat

    Ugh, I’ll pass.

  • fancypants

    I wouldn’t wake up at 4am to go see any of these people live. Rihanna? She’s a studio “singer” not a good live act. If they add Beyonce, Christina and/or Alicia to this list then I’ll definitely be there.

    • PN

      Rihanna’s a good singer. She does perform and interacts well with her live band. I don’t see her as a studio act at all. She wants to eschew that studio singer label given on her.

      • fancypants

        Rihanna has the personality and stage presence of a mannequin on stage.

  • MT

    Yay for Chris Brown! Look at him now!
    For additionnal performances, I hope they’ll add more ladies in the mix. I’m thinking of Queen Bey, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. Hopefully Alicia Keys too.

  • Dude

    Hopefully ABC will have a better line-up. This is really isn’t a good list. Here’s hoping they’ll add Adele, Lady Antebellum, Alicia, or anyone else with a little more talent. Hell, even bigger music names like Britney! Rihanna, C.Brown, Maroon 5, Cee-Lo are entertaining “studio” singers as someone said. Not the best live performers.

    • PN

      ABC’s Good Morning America likes to book a lot of country singers in their summer series such as Lady Antebellum. I think the staff is more into country over there, especially the Kentucky reared Sam Champion–he’s been wearing jeans a lot on some of the broadcasts and it matches to the jeans wearing country performers who go on there. Today’s more pop and R&B driven with their summer series than GMA is.

      • fancypants

        GMA had Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Usher etc last year so I don’t think you have a point.

    • fancypants

      You may not like him but Chris Brown is a great live performer, that’s his element. And Adele would be a great addition.

  • PN

    Today’s got a good itinerary for their summer series. New Kids and Backstreet, Chris Brown, Pitbull (who’s been on a lot of big dance pop records lately!), Rihanna,Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton (who’s getting his due respect as an artist),Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Enrique Iglesias and Journey(those fans are going to be pulling out their old ’80s albums to display at the show) are going to be exciting to watch.

    • Morrie

      Never would have thunk I would find this so indsinpesbale.

  • PN

    How come Jennifer Lopez didn’t book a date on the series? She’s got a hot new dance album too that rivals even Britney and Rihanna’s albums and even Lady Gaga’s upcoming album. She would have put out a terrific show too with the dancing and choreography. I saw her perform on Idol Thurs night and she was great! Her energy is top notch!

  • KEVIBO75

    one word NKOTBSB ENUFF SAID….

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