Rihanna to kick off 'Today' concert series

NEW YORK - NBC's "Today" gets its license to rock this summer and marks 16 years of bringing together the biggest, boldest names in music.

This year's "Toyota Concert Series on Today" kicks off Friday, May 27 with the original "Good Girl Gone Bad," Rihanna. In her fourth "Today" summer concert, the three-time Grammy award winner and international superstar will heat up Rockefeller Plaza once again.

The "Toyota Concert Series on Today" continues its tradition of bringing "Today" viewers the hottest hit-making artists in the industry. This year's concert series features breakout artists Zac Brown Band and Blake Shelton in their first-ever appearance on "Today."

On July 29, iconic rock band Journey will play their legendary hits for their first-ever appearance on "Today." And ladies of the world will rejoice on June 3 as not one, but two heartthrob boy bands rock the Plaza – New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys come together only on "Today."

Following is a list of concerts scheduled to date. All concerts are Friday performances unless otherwise noted.

27 Rihanna

2 American Idol Winner and Runner Up (Special Thursday performance)
3 New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys
10 The Script
17 Kenny Chesney
24 Bruno Mars

1 Pitbull featuring T-Pain and Ne-Yo
8 Blake Shelton
15 Chris Brown
22 Cee Lo Green
29 Journey

5 Maroon 5
12 Zac Brown Band
19 Enrique Iglesias
26 Train

2 Lenny Kravitz

Additional performances may be announced throughout the season.

Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside "Today's" Studio 1A, located at 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.