Hey, friends! 🙂
Last night was iHeartRadio’s inaugural Jingle Ball concert. Held at the Forum for lucky ticket holders or on the Livestream which is where I watched. Thanks to the CW. Any way you enjoyed it, It was a great fun way to kick off December and the Christmas Holidays.
One of my favorite artists, Ed Sheeran opened up the show with just him, a guitar and his trusty loop pedals to get the crowd warmed up. Ed played “Castle on a Hill”, “Thinking Out Loud”, “Perfect” and ending of course with his mega-hit “Shape of You”. Decent set. We next segue into Halsey rocking a new look with 90s hip-hop inspired cornrows. She started out with “Now or Never”, went into “Colors”, brought out Lauren Jaugueri from Fifth Harmony for “Strangers”. Ending on her big hit this year “Bad At Love”. Halsey’s set highlighted the vibey pop-RnB that’s insanely popular now. It was fun.
Another highlight for me was Niall Horan who’s folksy guitar jams are a refreshing change. The fact that that’s getting play on Pop radio and that young people are enjoying it is definitely a thumb up in my book. Niall performed “This Town”, “Too Much To Ask”, “Seeing Blind” (without Maren Morris) and ended on his #1 Pop radio hit “Slow Hands”. Great set!
The next acts although great were middle of the road for me. Charlie Puth (great songs though), Kesha, Demi Lovato (who brought out Cheatcodes for a song), Liam Payne, The Chainsmokers, and Logic.
The two performances that stood out the most for me were the biggest highlights. Sam Smith and Taylor Swift. Sam to me always brings the vocal class to any show. Sam’s songs albeit very sad are just magical. Sam opened with “I’m Not The Only One” went into “Like I Can”, “Pray”, his mega-hit “Stay With Me” ending with “his first single from his new release “Too Good At Goodbyes” which it seemed like the entire audience knew the words to. I thoroughly enjoyed Sam’s set. I might’ve fangirl’ed a bit much. Now to Taylor. She is a pop star. She performed her new stuff here for the first time too! Much of it fun and glossy Pop jams with some RnB vibes thrown in for good measure. Taylor started her set with “…Ready For It?”. Which she and her backup dancer-singers pumped up the performance with some added choreo which was great. Next Taylor performed two tracks from 1989 “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off”. Before going into her hit with ZAYN “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” on acoustic guitar. She then preceded to sing two new songs… On “End Game” which is one of my faves from “Reputation” Taylor brought out Ed and closed the show with “Look What You Made Me Do” which has significantly grown on me as I now seem to know all of the words. Hmm ….
I would like to thank iHeartMedia, iHeartRadio and Sunshine Sachs, Getty Images Entertainment and Film Magic for the use of these images below!!