INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA. — As the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball concert entered its final acts at the Kia Forum in Los Angeles Friday night, the screaming grew more frenzied.
Throughout the jam-packed four-hour show, as performers from Korean boy band P1Harmony and rapper Flo Rida took turns on stage, anticipation gradually built for Olivia Rodrigo, the evening’s closing act .
Once on stage, the arena erupted in a deafening roar as the three-time Grammy winner joined her band and performed hits from her albums, “Sour” and “Guts,” to a crowd eager to belt Rodrigo . songs of teenage angst come back to him.
Sabrina Carpenter, Niall Horan, rapper Doechii and K-pop group (G)I-DLE also received a warm welcome, but perhaps none more so than “The Summer I Turned Pretty” star Christopher Briney, who was greeted with frantic screams as he walked. to introduce surprise guest Paul Russell.
Los Angeles was the third stop of 11 Jingle Ball shows across the country over the next two weeks. A rotating lineup will perform in Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and other cities. Fans who were unable to purchase tickets can tune in to the “Jingle Ball” special, which airs on ABC on December 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and streams on Hulu on December 22.
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Olivia Rodrigo performs “Can’t Catch Me Now” for the first time live
Olivia Rodrigo, who has been busy touring the world and promoting her second album (and Grammy nominee) in recent months, celebrated the release of her latest musical effort: a song for “The Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”.
Rodrigo told the almost wild crowd of fans that this was the first time she performed the ethereal “Can’t Catch Me Now,” although you wouldn’t know it was released only a year ago month by the chorus of fans singing along with him.
The 20-year-old kicked off her set with “All-American Bitch,” then inspired a karaoke session with her single “Vampire,” which had so many people shouting the lyrics at her that you might worry about knowing who personally harmed everyone. these fans. Rodrigo closed with his 2021 banger “Good 4 U.”
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Sabrina ‘Claus’ Carpenter turns her hit ‘Nonsense’ into a Christmas tune
“Barbie” star Ariana Greenblatt and “Westside Story” actress Maddie Ziegler introduced Sabrina Carpenter — or rather “Sabrina Claus” — who infused her Jingle Ball set with the most festive spirit of the night.
The 24-year-old pop star transformed into a sultry Mrs. Claus on stage, sporting a red mini dress with red gloves. Carpenter’s set included his hits “Feather,” “Because I Liked a Boy” and of course “Nonsense.”
But first, she excited fans and pretended she wasn’t going to close with her beloved viral song. Finally, before backtracking, she said: “I don’t like this version. Because there’s no Christmas spirit.”
Instead, she swapped out “A Nonsense Christmas” from her new Christmas album, “Fruitcake.” It’s the holiday season after all, and she’s talking about decorating the halls, spiking the eggnog, and trimming the trees.
“Looking at you, I think of Christmas/Snowflakes in my belly when we kiss,” Carpenter crooned.
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Miguel wows Jingle Ball audience with his vocal prowess
Donning a knee-length red coat on the Jingle Ball stage, Miguel gave off a Santa rocker vibe as he treated the audience to a set filled with falsettos and incredible runs.
The Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter delivered songs such as “Do You…” and “Sure Thing” with an effortless confidence befitting someone with his level of vocal prowess.
His performance of “Sure Thing” celebrated the triumph of the 2011 song finding new life via TikTok, and Miguel thanked fans for making it the No. 1 song on pop radio this summer.
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The club could not handle the performance of Flo Rida and Flava Flav
Surprisingly for what appeared to be a heavily Gen Z-oriented crowd, Flo Rida and Flava Flav showed the rappers “Club Can’t Handle.”
The dynamic duo brought most of the Forum crowd to their feet with a medley of 2000s and 2010s hits from Flo Rida. Flo Rida’s 2007 hit “Low” brought members of the audience to join the backup dancers on stage while “Club Can’t Handle” brought the 44-year-old out into the audience as he rode on the shoulders of a particularly famous one. well-built member of his crew.
After running through other fan favorites such as “Right Round” and “My House,” Flo Rida made another loop through the crowd, this time with Flavor Flav for the 2011 chartbuster “Wild Ones.”
AJR shows how the band produces its catchy indie pop songs
The energy of the Met brothers – Adam, Jack and Ryan – was infectious to say the least, as the indie trio brought the house down with their elaborate dance moves.
To close their set, Ryan Met showed how their 2016 song, “Weak,” came together in their living room with the help of noisy neighbors, “epic” horns, and inspiration from iconic movie soundtracks .
Met divided the track into layers and explained how the band used an edited recording of a baby crying for the “catchy” chorus and slowed the tempo “to make it sound more like an AJR song”. The three-minute demo led straight into the explosive (and even catchy) up-tempo song with the delightful help of trumpeter Arnetta Johnson.
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